RIGA - Latvia has been stagnating in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index for several years as the country is not successful in combating corruption, said Liene Gatere, head of Transparency International - Latvia.
According to Gatere, the Corruption Prevention Bureau has been quite active lately, but investigations are slow, giving the public a sense of impunity for corruption.
In order for Latvia to rise in the index, the state should also work more on prevention and education of the public so there is less tolerance of corruption, added Gatere.
She would like Latvia to have a score of 70 in the index instead of the current 56. This is an ambitious goal - but not unrealistic, considering the experience of neighbor countries.
Latvia's experience in implementing Moneyval recommendations also demonstrates that if there is political will, progress can be achieved, Gatere pointed out.
As reported, Latvia's position in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which is drawn up by the global anti-corruption coalition Transparency International, worsened somewhat last year, the organization informed earlier in January.
In 2019, Latvia scored 56 points on a scale of 100 points, where 0 means that corruption in the given country is rife and 100 that there is no perceived corruption.
In the 2018 index, Latvia ranked 41st among 180 countries with 58 points.
In the latest index, Latvia shares 44th-47th position with Costa Rica, the Czech Republic and Georgia.