Corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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A general public survey on corruption from Transparency International shows that citizens perceive Bosnia's political structures to be deeply affected by corruption. Two-thirds of citizens believe that the government's efforts to combat corruption are ineffective.[1]

Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranks the country 83st place out of 180 countries.[2]


Corruption levels are considered high in Bosnia and have created stumbling blocks in its bid for future EU membership, according to the EU's Progress Report in 2013. Bosnia's complex legal and regulatory frameworks create opportunities for corruption. Facilitation payments are seen as pervasive throughout the Bosnian business climate.[3]

Anti-corruption efforts[edit]

The government has set up the 2009-2014 Strategy for the Fight against Corruption and prosecuted several high-profile cases, yet the overall enforcement of the legislative and institutional frameworks remains poor.

Enhancing Civil Society Participation[edit]

Citizens participation and the values of integrity, accountability, and transparency are crucial components of fighting corruption. It is important to develop programs and actions to change the cultural understanding of corruption and helped citizens to act against abuses[4]


  1. ^ "Global Corruption Barometer 2013". Transparency International. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Corruption Perception Index 2016".
  3. ^ "Bosnia Corruption Profile". Business Anti-Corruption Portal. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Increase in the number of civil complaints against acts of corruption. [Social Impact]. ALACs. Promotion of Participation and Citizenship in Europe through the "Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALACs)" of Transparency International (2009-2012). Framework Programme 7 (FP7)". SIOR, Social Impact Open Repository.

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