On International Anti-Corruption Day, the Lithuanian Business Support Agency (LBSA) is reminded of its mandate to monitor the compliance of applicants and project promoters with the requirements of laws and regulations when implementing EU-funded projects, and to take decisions related to the administration of projects.

The Agency follows an anti-corruption programme to ensure transparency in the implementation of projects, which is regularly updated in the light of the National Anti-Corruption Programme and other legislation.
‘Our goal is to ensure the quality of services provided, transparency, publicity and the resistance of employees to corruption by implementing a permanent and targeted corruption prevention policy in the field of projects financed by the European Union’, says Aurimas Želvys, Director of the LBSA.

According to the survey conducted by the LBSA, about 99% of the surveyed project implementers do not face any manifestations of corruption when communicating with the Agency’s specialists.

According to Želvys, citizens use the LBSA’s Hotline to report possible abuses in EU-funded projects. This year, 25 reports have been received and all of them have been examined by the LBSA.

Indicators are moderating at the Lithuanian level

Lithuania’s score remained unchanged in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2020. Our country was awarded 60 points out of a possible 100 and ranked 35th out of 180 countries. Lithuania ranks 14th among European Union (EU) countries.

At the same time, Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer 2021 shows that the overall level of bribery in the public sector in Lithuania has decreased by 7% in four years (from 24% in 2016 to 17% in 2020). The EU average is 7%.

Three times more people than four years ago have a favourable opinion of the government’s work in solving the problem of corruption in Lithuania (42% in 2020, compared to 13% in 2016). Also, around one in three residents (32%) believe that the level of corruption in the country has decreased in recent years.

Around six out of ten Lithuanians agree (58%) that they can make a difference in the fight against corruption. The EU average is 64%.

Almost half of the population (45%) say it is possible to report corruption in Lithuania without fear of being persecuted. The EU average is 47%.

Anti-Corruption Day celebrated for the 17th time

International Anti-Corruption Day has been celebrated on 9 December every year since 2004. It was initiated and promoted by the United Nations.

The date of 9 December was chosen because it was the first day on which the highest political level conference on anti-corruption was held in Merida, Mexico, in 2003. The United Nations Convention Against Corruption was signed there.

The Minister of Justice signed this document on behalf of the Republic of Lithuania.  

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