Even for 2018, Albanians pay corruption fees for public services more than other countries in the region. The Balkan Barometer found that 13% of Albanian families had paid corruption fees for receiving a public service which was provided free of charge. This percentage was much higher than other countries.
After Albania, Kosovo ranks second for corruption payments, as 8 per cent of families have claimed this fact, while Bosnia, Montenegro and Macedonia have more limited the phenomenon, as only 4 per cent of households have paid for public services.
According to the latest data, corruption remains widespread in Albania, even though the government has engaged online open portals to denounce cases.
The survey showed deterioration compared to 2017, where 10 percent of citizens claimed to have paid for corruption.
Corruption marked a deterioration over the past year, according to the Transparency International, the leading civil society organization fighting corruption around the world.
The Corruption Perceptions Index lists countries on a scale of 0 to 100, with countries with the lowest scores being those with the highest level of perceived corruption.
Since Albania has become part of this study, there is generally a growing trend of its performance in this regard. However, for the last two years there is a deterioration of the situation, based on the drop in points.
Albania has scored 36 points, ranking 99th and two points lower than the previous year.
Compared to the Western Balkan countries, Albania ranks in the country with the lowest CPI scores, resulting in the country with the highest level of corruption in the Western Balkans. The country less corrupted after Albania in the region results in Macedonia and Kosovo with 37 points each. The country with the best performance in the Western Balkans region results in Montenegro with 45 points, ranking 67th.