It's not only a perception, the high level of corruption in Albania is a fact, according to a World Bank report which revealed through a survey of 400 businesses that corruption has seen a significant expansion in Albania over the last six years.

A report related to a business survey and economic overview shows that 36% of businesses admitted to bribing officials at least once.

This figure is three times higher than the regional average and twice as high as the world average.

The report notes that the demand for bribes in our country is almost three times higher than the average of Europe and Asia, which reach11.9%, while the global rate stands at 17.4%.

According to the World Bank, the Albanian companies have been forced to pay more bribes for government officials.

The indicators taken into account for the World Bank report, which is published once every six years, has noted deterioration at a rate of 200% when compared to the report compiled in 2013.

Once every 6 years, the World Bank conducts the so-called "Enterprise Survey" in all Eastern European and Central Asian countries, where companies are asked about key issues related to the business climate such as corruption, taxes, crime and the regulatory environment.

The report points out that corruption by public officials can be a huge administrative and financial burden for firms.

Corruption creates an unfavorable business environment by undermining operational efficiency and increasing the costs and risks associated with running a private firm.

The report points out that firms are required to make unofficial payments from public officials to solve their problems, such as obtaining permits and licenses.

The report indicates that firms in Albania are regularly required to pay bribes when seeking building permits. Payments are usually made during meetings with tax officials.

Pёrktheu: Paola Pupla