Transparency International Publish 2010 Corruption Perception Index (CPI)

TI1 November 2010

The CPI is a measure of the extent to which the public sector is seen as corrupt taken from 13 independent surveys. It is an important indicator of the quality of governance.

As might be expected the countries most affected by conflict are rated most corrupt - with Somalia, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Iraq at the bottom of the list. Many of the poorest countries of Africa, Asia and South America are also percieved as highly corrupt along with some middle income countries such as Russia. Within the EU the Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands are rated as amongst the least corrupt countries of the world, while Slovakia, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece are seen as having higher levels of corruption. Countries engaged in international asset management and trade, such as Switzerland are seen as amongst the least corrupt, but their banks may be home to some of the products of corruption and their companies may be involved in corrupt practices abroad.

In introducing the report Huguette Labelle, Chair of Tranparency International focussed on corruption as a threat to global poverty reduction. The United Nations Convention Against Corruption provides a clear basis for international legal action and G 20 have reinforced their commitment to address corruption ahead of their Seoul Conference but the problem remains implementation. The EU could make a significant contribution to this issue by addressing corruption within Member States, ensuring transparency in its banking systems and in the practices of its global companies and in its aid and other relations with partner countries.

The report can be found at

See the presentation of the 2010 CPI Report by Huguette Labelle


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