Montenegrins See Doctors and Police as Most Corrupt


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01 Jan 15

Montenegrins See Doctors and Police as Most Corrupt

New survey shows that the public in Montenegro believe corruption is worst among doctors and police officers and least among sportsmen and women and journalists

Dusica Tomovic
BIRN

Podgorica

More than a quarter of citizens of Montenegro believe corruption is most widespread in the health sector, according to a new survey. The police come in the second place, while one in ten citizens believes corruption is most common in the judiciary.

This is according to research conducted in December by the Damar agency, using a sample of 1,000 people in nine municipalities. “Corruption is the least represented in culture, sport and media,” the survey suggested.

As the primary cause for the presence of corruption, citizens blame the low salaries of public servants, lack of civic awareness about the harmfulness of corruption and the inefficiency of the authorities in combating it.

The largest number of respondents, about 44.6 per cent, said the level of corruption in Montenegro was the same today as it had been in previous years. Another 30 per cent say corruption in society has worsened.

Almost half of the respondents said they were not familiar with the procedure for reporting corruption.

Corruption in Montenegro remains prevalent in many areas and requires effective implementation of deep and lasting reforms, the most recent European Commission progress report on Montenegro said.

The EU warned that the current pace of fulfilling EU conditions with regards to anti-corruption policies could prevent the country from joining the European bloc any time soon.

Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)