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New index compares the effectiveness of anti-corruption tools in the public administration in four new EU capitals

The results of the new V4 INDEX, published by Transparency International Czech Republic today, show that Budapest is best equipped to fight public sector corruption; Prague has the worst standing of the Visegrad four capitals.

Transparency International Czech Republic (TIC) published today the results of the V4 INDEX, a new comparative survey of the effectiveness of anti-corruption tools in the public administration of the capitals of the four Visegrad countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The survey was conducted this spring in cooperation with GfK Praha. The objective of the research, conducted in Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, and Warsaw, was to find out which of the selected anti-corruption tools are used in the public administration of the capital cities of the four countries, while also aiming at comparing how effective they are in preventing corruption.

The survey is the first of its kind conducted in the four capital cities and uses an innovative methodology to measure how prone the cities' public institutions are to corruption. "We hope hat publishing these results will bring about an increase in anti-corruption activities in the four cities," said Michal Šticka, TIC Project Manager.

The survey was conducted in two stages: in the first stage, the aim was to gather hard data capturing the existing anti-corruption tools and mechanisms in the Visegrad Four capitals' public administration. This type of data was gathered by means of content analysis of documents and interviews with the representatives of municipal councils. The second stage of the survey studied the perceptions of anti-corruption tools' efficiency, as seen by the public. Personal interviews were conducted with employees and elected members of the municipal councils of the four capitals, journalists, businessmen, and NGO representatives. In each of the cities, 100 respondents were interviewed (and 107 in Prague).

The research focused on studying the anti-corruption tools used in five areas, namely: public procurement tenders, internal audit and control mechanisms, codes of ethical behavior, conflicts of interest, and public administration information policies / access to information.

For more information about the results of the survey, please see the appendix or visit www.transparency.cz and www.gfk.cz.

Financial support for this project was provided by the Open Society Institute, the Partnership for Transparency Fund and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Global Opportunities Fund.

GfK CR - GfK Praha, INCOMA Research and INCOMA Consult - constitute a major provider of complex services in market research and public opinion polling, including consultancy services.

The GfK CR Group is a part of GfK Group, the fifth biggest company in its field globally.

TI-Czech Republic is a national chapter of Transparency International, the international network comprising more than 85 national chapters worldwide. Its mission is to monitor the level of corruption in the Czech Republic and actively contribute to its reduction.


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Michal Šticka

Transparency International Czech Republic
Františka Krížka 4
170 00 Praha 7
tel.: +420 606 142 321
fax: +420 233 378 900
e-mail: sticka@transparency.cz
www.transparency.cz

Michaela Šindelárová
GfK Praha
Geologická 2
150 00 Praha 5
tel.: +420 296 555 613
fax: +420 251 815 744
e-mail: sindelarova@gfk.cz
www.gfk.cz