{"title": "Bulgaria-Corruption-Survey","content": "
Customs officers, policemen and people working in the judiciary are the most corrupt in Bulgaria, according to 30.7 per cent, 25.9 per cent and 25.1 per cent of respondents in a nationally representative survey. It was carried out in September among 1,110 people aged over 18. The results were made public by Alexander Stoyanov of Coalition 2000 on Wednesday. The table is trailed by MPs, teachers and municipal councillors, identified as corrupt by 3.9 per cent, 5.0 per cent and 5.7 per cent of respondents. As to the judiciary, judges are most corrupt, said 11.3 per cent of those interviewed, followed by prosecutors (9.5 per cent) and investigators (6.1 per cent). The main conclusions are that the public reaction to corruption has strengthened, the level of corruption is more or less unchanged, and the Government has moved one notch up on the scale ranking institutions from the most to the least corrupt. Corruption is the country's third worst problem, according to 38 per cent of respondents, the first two being low incomes (64.6 per cent) and unemployment (50.2 per cent). Crime is ranked fourth (32.4 per cent). Asked where corruption is most widespread, 46.9 per cent said Customs, 8.9 per cent the judiciary, 7.7 per cent the government, 6.6 per cent the tax authorities, and 6.2 per cent the police. The President's Office and the army are the least corrupt. The key factors in the spread of corruption are the desire to get rich quickly of people in high seats (54.8 per cent of respondents), low salaries (43.6 per cent), flaws in legislation (37.8 per cent), etc. A mere 4.7 per cent say there is a national predisposition to corruption, while 7.4 per cent attribute it to problems inherited from the communist regime. Pessimism about the outcome of the fight against corruption prevails.