Professor of the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade and former governor of the National Bank of Serbia Dejan Soskic said today that all data indicate that corruption in Serbia is a very serious problem and is much more pronounced than in neighboring countries, which, as he said, repels investors and endangers foreign and domestic investment.
At the tribune “Corruption and Economic Growth” held in the premises of the “Oslobodjenje” movement, Soskic said that corruption in Serbia was perceived as “one necessary thing”, and that the opinion “how to have a developed society that is at the same time corrupt. “
“While we think that the country can develop with corruption, we are on the sidelines,” said Soskic, adding that the problem of corruption seems to be kept “under the radar” and is often underestimated, while in public speech instead of “corruption” it is often used. the term “underdeveloped institutions”.
Soskic said that there are ways to measure the level of corruption, and that one such document is the “Map of Corruption in Public Procurement in the Republic of Serbia” prepared by the OSCE in 2014, which lists the places where corruption occurs, with proposals solutions on how corruption does not occur.
He added that the organization that monitors corruption in the public sector at the global level, International Transparency, in 2021, ranked Serbia in 94th place in terms of the prevalence of corruption, among a total of 170 observed countries.
“Last year, we were on the 91st place, a year before that on the 87th, in 2018 on the 77th place. In three or four years, we fell from the 77th to the 94th place. In that corruption index, we are ranked worse every year. “, said Soskic.
Šoškić stated that the report of the European Commission on Serbia from the end of 2020 “mentions corruption in 77 places”.
He added that the World Bank also assessed Serbia as a country with a high level of corruption, while the International Agency for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in 2018 put Serbia on the black list.
“We have been blacklisted by that organization as the only European country, and we have been on it for a year and a half, and we are still in the status of a regime of emphasized reporting,” Soskic said.
According to him, the economic consequence of corruption is that “we certainly get less as taxpayers for the money we pay in terms of volume and quality”, that through corruption money is given to someone who is not competent for work and that a “corrupt entrepreneurial class” is created. able to compete in free markets. //