Around 90% of Albanians believe that corruption in their country is widely spread. In other words, 9 in 10 Albanians believe that the people governing them are involved in corruption affairs. This fact is confirmed by a recent opinion poll conducted by the organization known as Gallup.
According to this opinion poll, Albania is the 20th most corrupt country in the world. Meanwhile, another alarming aspect pointed out by the opinion poll is the fact that corruption has been worsening.
Thus, compared to five years ago, corruption in Albania has worsened from 84.7% to 88.6%.
On a related note to the ongoing corruption, Albanian prosecutors said a mayor and 11 other officials have been arrested for illegally selling a beach area in the largest operation yet of its kind.
A statement from prosecutors Friday said that Fran Frrokaj, the mayor of Lezhe in northwestern Albania, and the other 11 officials were charged with abusing their positions and falsifying documents.
They're accused of preparing false documentation for 300,000 square meters (74 acres) of public land and selling it at symbolic prices to fictitious owners. Such seaside areas are often sold on at high prices for development as tourist resorts. Fighting corruption is a top priority for Albania as it seeks to launch talks on joining the European Union .
Bosnia holds the first place as the most corrupted country in the world, where 94.6% of citizens believe that corruption is widespread. Bosnia is followed by Moldova with 94.6%, while the list of the 20 most corrupted countries of the world also includes several EU members such as Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.