The shadow of corruption is still hanging over Croatia. According to the survey carried out by the organisation RAND for the European Parliament shows that the three most corrupt countries in the EU are Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria.
The survey showed that in Croatia it is still important who you know and not what you know, the highest risk of corruption in Croatia was among public procurement contacts. In fact Croatia loses around 15 percent of its GDP due to corruption, as well as Bulgaria, Romania and Latvia. On an annual basis corruption costs the European Union up to 990 billion Euros.
"What is more, the findings suggest that corruption has significant social costs (more unequal societies, higher levels of organised crime and weaker rule of law) and political costs (lower voter turnout in national parliamentary elections) and lower trust in EU institutions," stated the report.