In 2001, the Czech Republic came 47th out of the 91 countries on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index. That's far behind most of the developed countries of Europe, North America and Asia and even some post-communist countries such as Estonia, Hungary and Slovenia. The Supreme State Attorney Marie Benesova has decided that things have gone too far, and has proposed a new and controversial method to combat corruption in the Czech Republic.
In this weeks Talking Point Radio Prague's covers the 10th international anti-corruption conference hosted 7th to the 11th of October here in Prague. The first of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe, it is a week long meeting between politicians, government officials, representatives of the private sector, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. This year's conference entitled Together Against Corruption: Designing Strategies, Assessing Impact, Reforming Corrupt Institutions, was a practical action oriented event and it included an extensive Art Program and Students Forum.
Transparency International, an organisation that monitors corruption around the globe, recently published its annual corruption index. The Czech Republic fared badly, as it has slipped down the scale two years running. Are the Czechs corrupt, is the country sliding backward as others in the region move up the scale? finds out.