TI says government needs to address corruption in politics

The Czech Republic has placed 45th on a corruption perceptions index compiled by Transparency International, with corruption in politics perceived as the country’s most serious problem. David Ondračka of the Czech branch of Transparency International said the Czech government had adopted a very ambitious anti-corruption strategy but had gradually backpedaled on a number of the planned measures. Among the persisting problems are political corruption, uncontrolled lobbying, a lack of transparency in the handling of property belonging to towns and regions and insufficient protection of whistle blowers. The perceived corruption rate remains unchanged since last year, when it was at its lowest in the past decade.