EC report: Zaev does not fight corruption

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The prevalence and insufficient fight against corruption in Macedonia is stated in the latest report of the European Union on the progress of the country.

The report states that corruption in Macedonia is widespread in many areas and for its fight should be provided more approach that is active by all stakeholders involved in preventing and combating corruption.

It states that there has been some progress at the operational level in the fight against organized crime, but more needs to be done to improve law enforcement effectiveness in combating specific forms of crime, such as money laundering and financial crime.

Proof that corruption is flourishing in Macedonia is the latest research of the civil society organization MCIC, whose projection shows that half million inhabitants, at least once last year, were asked for bribes, and about four hundred thousand citizens at least once bribed a civil servant to complete a particular service.

The low efficiency of the institutions in the fight against corruption, which is noted in the EU report, is confirmed by the MCIC research. The projection says that the efficiency of institutions in the fight against corruption is very low. Namely, if we compare the number of people who in 2018 were accused of abuse of office, receiving, and giving bribes, which is 95 people with the number of people who were asked for bribes, we get 0.024% efficiency rate of institutions.

On the other hand, data from the State Statistical Office show that the number of convicted persons for giving or receiving bribes is very small. The largest number of guilty persons for giving and receiving bribes is 24 in 2008 and the lowest in 2018 where the number is 2.

The perception that corruption is a crucial problem in Macedonia has risen one place higher than last year, i.e. now it is in fourth place immediately after unemployment, political instability and low incomes as key problems.

The survey shows that about 80 percent of Macedonian citizens believe that the leading factors for widespread corruption are the inefficiency of the judicial system in the fight against corruption, the desire for quick and personal enrichment of those in power and the lack of strict administrative control over corruption.

Four out of five citizens surveyed believe that judges and public prosecutors are the most corrupt. In addition, the vast majority of about 77 percent of respondents believe that MPs, ministers, political party leaders and local leaders are the most corrupt professions. Just over a third of the most corrupt professions include bankers and teachers.