Corruption Perceptions Index

In 2019, Belgium scored 75 on 100 on the corruption perceptions index. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must increase. Between 2012 and 2018 (assessment of June 2019), the trend is undetermined .

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Corruption Perceptions Index - Belgium and international comparison

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Transparency international; Eurostat (2020), Corruption Perceptions Index [sdg_16_50], (consulted on 26/03/2020).

Definition: the corruption perceptions index measures to what extent a country’s public sector is perceived as corrupt on a scale of 0 (very corrupt) to 100 (corruption-free). It is a composite indicator based on questionnaires on and assessments of corruption by 13 different experts of which an average is calculated. The data come from Transparency International.

Goal: the corruption perceptions index must increase, which means that corruption decreases.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include target 16.5: “Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all its forms”.

International comparison: the relations with the neighbouring countries for this indicator over the 2012-2019 period are retained. The corruption perceptions index is lower in France, higher in Germany and even slightly higher in the Netherlands. However, the differences are marginal and these countries are not plagued by corruption compared to other countries. In 2019 they perform well in a ranking of 180 countries: the Netherlands rank 8th, while France ranks 23th, with Germany and Belgium occupying the 9th and 17th place respectively.

UN indicator: the selected indicator does not correspond to any monitoring indicator for the SDGs but is related to target 16.5. The Transparency International indicator is an indicator used to monitor the evolution of corruption on a global scale.


  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: (consulted on 26/04/2019).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: (consulted on 26/04/2019).

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