Malta flagged as country to watch in 2019 corruption index

Malta drops 16 places since 2015

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Malta has been highlighted as one of the countries to watch in Transparency International’s latest annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).

The 2019 report shows that Malta ranked 50 out of 180 countries on the Index with a score of 54 – dropping six points since 2015. The higher the score, the lower the levels of perceived corruption.

The European Union’s top scorers this year were Denmark (87/100), Finland (86/100), and Sweden (85/100). The bottom scorers were Hungary (44/100), Romania (44/100), and Bulgaria (43/100). Malta’s score is lower than the regional average score of 66.

Malta has been highlighted as a country to watch.

Malta’s score over the years:

  • 2019: Score 54 Rank 50
  • 2018: Score: 54 Rank 51
  • 2017: Score 56 Rank 46
  • 2016: Score 55 Rank 47
  • 2015: Score 60 Rank 34

“In Malta, corruption is undermining the rule of law. A significant lack of political integrity contributes to politicians and others hiding illicit wealth behind secret companies,” says the report.

Transparency International said that it’s no wonder that “two years after the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed while reporting on corruption, the country is still mired in corruption.”

“Despite calls from Maltese citizens, Caruana Galizia’s family and the international community to solve the case, the government dragged its feet in the judicial procedures. Several scandals involving the Panama Papers, the collapse of a Maltese bank and the ‘golden visa’ scheme that sells Maltese citizenship to wealthy overseas investors may also contribute to Malta’s decline on the CPI,” reads the report.

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