The Albanian Center for Economic Research, undertook in the beginning of 2016 a national survey with 1,000 respondents across Albania, which tracked citizens experience with corruption pressure and involvement, and their perceptions of the level of corruption and anticorruption efforts. The Corruption Monitoring System results for Albanina 2016 indicate that almost one in two Albanian adult citizens admit to being demanded directly or indirectly to bribe public officials (49.6 %). This shows increase of the corruption pressure from public officials on citizens compared to 2014 of around 5 percentage points. The groups citizens perceive as the most corrupt are judges, customs officials, public officials, political parties and political leaders. The top negative rank for judges mirrors reality. The judiciary system in Albania suffers from a number of problems from the way it is organized, to the status of the judges, and to the lack of European standards in its functioning.
Some of the main recommendations related to institutional anti-corruption measures and policies, listed in the Corruption Assessment Report Albania 2016, are:
- Develop a proactive approach towards improved practices in the fight against corruption through in-time implementation of specific anti-corruption regulatory and institutional measures;
- Strengthen institutional accountability through internal and external monitoring systems and good governance transparency principles implementation;
- Develop an inclusive cooperation within institutional bodies and among governmental and nongovernmental structures and ensure openness for the voice of the “third sector” to be heard.
Full text of the report (Adobe PDF, in English)
Full text of the report (Adobe PDF, in Albanian)
Good Governance and Anti-Corruption in Albania and in SEE: 2016 Monitoring Results and the Way Forward