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Survey reveals 60 % of Macedonian citizens see corruption as widespread.

Sixty percent of the Macedonian citizens believe corruption in the country is widespread, while nearly 46 percent would resort to some form of corruption, if necessary. These are the results of the survey conducted by the German Federal Office of Administration and the Macedonian State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption as part of the IPA twinning project "Support for Efficient Prevention and Fight against Corruption", Utrinski vesnik reports.

According to this phone survey carried out between 3 and 11 December 2014 on a sample of 1,080 interviewees, health institutions, courts, education institutions, and the police are the four most corrupt sectors in Macedonia. As many as 57.2 percent of citizens believe most venal is the health sector, 42.4 percent the judiciary, 27.5 percent education institutions, and 26.5 percent the police.

This is a serious problem, the research concludes, considering the job of two of the four sectors identified as the most corrupt is fighting corruption.

On the other hand, asked what institution they would turn to if they decided to report corruption, as much as 44 percent of the interviewees said the police, 14.5 percent the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption and only 8.6 percent the Public Prosecution.

Almost two-thirds, or 61.8 percent, believe that of all the problems society faces today, corruption is one of the gravest, while 27.3 percent said they perceived corruption as a moderately serious issue.

The survey revealed that 60 percent of the citizens do not consider their giving of a present or a counter-favor in exchange for a rendered service as corruption. An alarming result is that young people aged 18 to 29 also regard the giving of gifts and bribe in exchange for a service as normal. If practiced once, corruption is easily repeated, interviewees say.

According to those included in the survey, some of the reasons for the rampant corruption are the low wages of civil servants, the inefficiency of the authorities tasked with fighting corruption, the long and sluggish administrative procedures, the ambiguous rules leaving vast space for manipulation, and the low public awareness.

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Date:Mar 10, 2015
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