Lithuania dropped six places on the Corruption Perception Index last year, Transparency International non-governmental organization said on Wednesday.
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Lithuania ranked 38th among 176 countries rated in the index, which specifies the corruption in public and political sectors is assessed by experts and business leaders. The rating puts Lithuania ahead of Latvia but behind Estonia and Poland.

Sergejus Muravjovas, the head of the Lithuanian office of Transparency International, said the index shows that the country should not rest on our laurels.

"The message from experts and businessmen is clear – no significant anti-corruption changes took place in 2015 and the first half of 2016, we have not made progress. I think it is a good opportunity to think about what we could do differently," Muravjovas said in a press release.

The Transparency International Corruption Perception Index shows the performance of countries across the globe in controlling corruption. The existing situation is given a score on the scale of 0 to 100, where 0 stands for an absolutely corrupt country, while 100 means a highly transparent country. The scope of corruption in public and political sectors is assessed by experts and business leaders.

On the index, Lithuania scored 59 points out of 100.

In the earlier index, Lithuania secured 61 points and ranked 32 nd among 168 countries. Lithuania is 19th among countries of the European Union (EU) and Western Europe, down from 18th last year. Just like in 2015, the index is again led by Denmark and New Zealand with 90 points each. Somalia ranks last with 10 points.

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