Corruption on decline in Lithuania, survey suggests

Last updated: 2020-01-21 14:20
Corruption on decline in Lithuania, survey suggests

Corruption in Lithuania continued to go down last year, according a survey by the Special Investigation Service (STT) which published its latest corruption map.

Ten percent of ordinary people, five percent of business representatives and two percent of civil servants said they paid a bribe last year, compared to 12, eight and four percent, respectively, a year ago.

Most of the situations for ordinary people occurred at hospitals, but prevalence of bribe giving is decreasing, compared to the past few years.

Corruption has also decreased in dealing with traffic police, municipal authorities, ambulance stations and policlinics.

“People in Lithuania are dealing with corruption directly less and less often, and they believe that corruption levels are going down, even though it remains a serious problem,” Žydrūnas Bartkus, the STT director, said in a statement.

The STT also notes that the share of people who are ready to report corruption has not changed significantly over the past decade. Twenty-five percent of businesspeople were ready to do so in 2007, compared to 31 percent last year. Among ordinary people, the share was 24 and 22 percent, respectively.
Among civil servants, 52 percent said they would report corruption, up from 29 percent in 2014.

The survey of 1,001 people from the general population, 501 company executives and 510 civil servants was carried out for the STT by the Vilmorus public opinion and market research centre.

Information from BNS and LRT