According to Transparency International Ukraine (TIU), Ukraine ranked 116th among 180 countries in the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index, rising 6 points compared to last year, when it ranked 122nd.
"Ukraine received 33 points out of a possible 100 in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2022. Our indicator has increased by one point, and now Ukraine ranks 116th out of 180 countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index," TIU said in a statement.
"The anti-corruption system, the appropriateness and feasibility of which pro-Russian forces in Ukraine have denied for years, has survived. Despite some restrictions caused by wartime, anti-corruption bodies are working, and the results of this work are becoming more and more noticeable," said the executive director of the organization Andriy Borovyk.
The key indicator of the Index is the number of points, not the place in the rating. The minimum score (0 points) means that corruption actually replaces the state, the maximum (100 points) indicates that corruption is almost absent. The index assesses corruption only in the public sector.
The executive director of TIU reminded that over the past 5 years, Ukraine has risen and fallen in the ranking.
According to Borovyk, the indicator of Ukraine grew last year, primarily due to the fulfillment of the commitments made by the authorities.
What influenced Ukraine's rise in the rating:
Last year, a new head of the SAP was appointed, which intensified the investigation of corruption at the highest level and reduced the ability of certain political groups to influence these cases.
Also, in 2022, the High Anti-Corruption Court showed its effectiveness, having passed 37 verdicts in the past year.
In addition, the Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2021-2025 was adopted.
Borovyk emphasized that many things were implemented in the sphere of privatization of state property.
Rating of other countries: Just like Ukraine, Algeria, Angola, Zambia, Mongolia, El Salvador and the Philippines have 33 points. Bosnia and Herzegovina, Gambia, Indonesia, Malawi, Nepal, and Sierra Leone are one point ahead of Ukraine.
Among its neighbors, Ukraine continues to be higher than Russia – the country lost 1 point in 2022 and with 28 points ranks 137th in the list.
The points of Hungary also decreased again – 42 points (-1 point, 77th place), and the Russian satellite Belarus (-2 points, 82nd place).
The leaders of the rating remain Denmark, New Zealand and Finland - all of them share the first line with 88 points.
At the bottom of the list, as last year, remain Somalia (13 points), Syria (13 points) and South Sudan (11 points).
In order to prevent the deterioration of Ukraine's indicators in the corruption perception rating, Transparency International Ukraine suggests that the authorities take 4 comprehensive steps:
Complete competitions and elect professional, independent and honest heads of anti-corruption ecosystem bodies: the Agency for Investigation and Asset Management, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption.
Carry out the reform of constitutional justice, taking into account the conclusions provided by the Venice Commission. Conduct a transparent competition for the selection of judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. Update the bodies of judicial self-government to ensure the normal functioning of judicial institutions and launch a full-fledged judicial reform.
Open data where possible and not detrimental to security and defense interests. To resume the submission of electronic declarations and their verification by NAKC. Resume submission of reports of political parties. Restore the functionality of organs that were limited due to the war, except for obvious and justified exceptions.
Use the Prozorro electronic system to procure the recovery of Ukraine after the Russian invasion. Ensure effective control and monitoring of purchases.