Poland and Hungary Continued Corruption Slide in 2023

The latest report from Transparency International suggests little progress has been made against perceived corruption in Central and Eastern Europe

7 February 2024

Central and Eastern Europe stagnated in its battle against corruption, with the worst offenders – led by Poland and Hungary – overshadowing the steady improvements made by several other EU member states. Corruption perception levels have decreased in many EU candidate countries but are still prominent enough to block their path to EU membership.

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is the most widely used global corruption ranking in the world. It scores 180 countries on their perceived levels of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

Central and Eastern European Corruption Perception

According to the 2023 CPI, released on 30 January 2024, over two-thirds of countries globally score below 50 out of 100, which strongly indicates that they have serious corruption problems. Based on the data below, the average score for Central and Eastern Europe is 48.82.

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Staś Kaleta

Staś Kaleta is a Junior Fellow at Visegrad Insight and an aspiring journalist and editor with a passion for international and socio-political journalism. He read English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and is currently completing an MA in Issues in Modern Culture at University College London. Previous experience includes roles as Editor in Chief at UCL’s Pi Media and Head of Speakers at TEDxOxford.

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