Corruption In Serbia: Everything Has Its Price

Published:  at 3:53 pm 
Modified: Apr 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm

BELGRADE – Recent event, the arrest of Vladislav Ilic, chief of the Hospital and Specialist-Consultant service in the Clinical Center “Dr Dragisa Misovic”, who received a bribe of 500 euros, inspired Serbian daily “Blic” to write an article about corruption in Serbia.

“Corruption in Serbia is absolute, those who are not part of it might as well feel drowned. In India, where there are only few of those who are incorruptible, society treats those people as antisocial people – the same is with us. Everything is turned upside down in Serbia, so the saying ‘God first created his beard’ became a proverb,” said Marko Pavlovic, professor at the Faculty of Law in Kragujevac, for Blic.

Professor Pavlovic, who in 2007 began shedding light on corruption scandal “Index”, received numerous threats because of his actions. The scandal became the living monument to the corruption, writes the daily, and what is even more concerning, is that 50 percent of citizens agree with threats, saying that “he got what he deserved when
he stuck his nose where it did not belong”, according to a research conducted by the Bureau for social research (BIRODI).

Sociologist Zoran Gavrilovic, from BIRODI, said for the daily that all service institutions in Serbia are subject to corruption. “With us the bribery is a mechanism used by public sector employees, unwilling to organize unions, to charge what they are deprived of by the state through the salary. The corruption is payment allowance here. No one has made an analysis of whether and how this new belt-tightening will increase corruption,” he said.

Founder of NGO “Doctors against corruption”, Drasko Karadjinovic, says that the healthcare is the leader in corruption.

“Prices depend on the urgency, so prices of regular examination are symbolic compared to those interventions on which your life depends. It is similar with giving birth, where bribe determines how the mother will be taken care of. The prerequisite for corruption is systemic corruption at the top of the system: illegal procurements, laws that allow them, fixed and inflated investments. Therefore, patients pay doctors,” he said.

The corruption, writes the daily, is also alarming in education, police, local institutions, and other.

“Corruption is the problem of endemic proportions. When you see cash that goes from hand to hand in police you know there is a bribery of some kind. The examples are most visible in traffic offenses, and the price depends on the offense. In most cases bribery presents 20 to 30 percent of the fine. This kind of corruption is hard to prove, because both the policeman and the offender profit from it,” said a source in Police for the daily.