How the public perceives corruption in Serbia

Oct 10, 2016

The Survey was presented at the premises of UNDP Serbia in the presence of CeSID representatives Mr. Ivo Čolović and Mr. Bojan Klačar, State Secretary at the Ministry of Justice Radomir Ilić, Assistant Director for International Cooperation at the Anti-Corruption Agency of Serbia Milica Božanić, Program Director of Transparency Serbia Nemanja Nenadić and representatives of international organizations and embassies

A survey exploring Serbian citizens’ experience with corruption has been published and presented at UNDP premises. The Survey, done by CeSID and UNDP explores citizens' perception of the level of corruption in Serbia over the period 2009-2015, especially in domain of health and education sectors.

Results of the Survey show that an average citizen perceives corruption as the fourth biggest problem in Serbia, with as few as nine percent of those polled citing it as the country’s primary issue. Economic issues, such as unemployment, low income, poverty, and lack of opportunities for young people are so pressing that any other objective problems simply take the back seat to them.

Research trends indicate that the percentage of those polled who had direct and indirect experiences with corruption stands at eight and 20 percent respectively. There have been no major changes when it comes to the professions perceived by the public as the most prone to corruption. As has become the norm, doctors (44 percent) and police officers (16 percent) share the top position: members of these two professions are in contact with the public most often, and the nature and significance of their jobs make them particularly susceptible to bribery.

This research cycle, the same as the preceding one, has revealed that more than one-half of those polled (51 percent) have offered a bribe to obtain a service, whilst nearly one-quarter (24 percent) have offered a bribe to avoid problems with the authorities. Only one-quarter, therefore, of the eight percent of all respondents who did take part in corruption were directly asked for a bribe, whilst the remainder offered a bribe themselves in an attempt to obtain an illicit advantage.

Results of the Survey show that 37% feel the country is moving in the wrong direction, which is the lowest percentage recorded to date and is nearly equal to the percentage of respondents who feel that Serbia is moving in the right direction, which stands at 34 percent in this cycle.

The Survey is available on the link Corruption Benchmarking Survey.

For more information, please contact Stevan Vujasinović by phone on +381 (0)11 4155 310 or by e-mail at

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