Montenegro’s state administration is the most corrupt institution in the country, according to a survey carried out by the Agency for Prevention of Corruption (APC) and released on January 15.
27% of respondents said that corruption is present mainly in the state administration, while 14.9% named the healthcare system and 14.8% the municipal authorities, according to the survey.
One seventh of respondents said they had been asked for a bribe or had proposed a bribe to execute their legal rights. Among those said they were asked to pay bribes, the bulk were people living in urbanised areas, in the south of Montenegro or people with lower or middle incomes. Those giving bribes were mainly self-employed and farmers, people living in the south or on low incomes.
47.6% of respondents said they had heard from other people that they were ordered to pay a bribe to someone at the state administration.
Montenegro has been criticised for the lack of progress in the fight against corruption and lack of a track record on repression and prevention of corruption. In its latest progress report, the European Commission noted that the country has set up an anti-corruption agency, but it is yet to “demonstrate a proactive approach in all areas falling under its mandate, including on the protection of whistle blowers, the control of financing of political parties and electoral campaign, and oversight of lobbying”.