U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from a U4 Partner Agency. The U4 Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International in collaboration with the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre based at the Chr. Michelsen Institute.


How has corruption evolved in the past 10 years in Serbia? To what extent is corruption connected to political dynamics and social norms? Give an overview of anti-corruption initiatives in Serbia.


The evolution of corruption and anti-corruption in Serbia has followed the transition from a fragile government led by the Democratic Party to an increasingly centralised and authoritarian regime led by the Serbian Progressive Party. Even if there is no evidence of a significant change in the level of corruption, corruption in the Balkan country shapes political dynamics, resulting in the capture of political decision making and the political control of independent institutions, the judiciary and the legislature. The progress made in anti-corruption has been more on paper than in practice, with the implementation of those reforms being the main challenge.

Main points

  • In the last ten years there has not been a significant change in the level of corruption in Serbia.
  • The dynamics of corruption have adapted to political dynamics associated with increasing centralisation and control of the ruling party over the three branches of the government.
  • There have been steps towards increasing transparency and anti-corruption reforms in paper.


  1. Introduction
  2. Evolution of corruption in the last 10 years
    • Extent of corruption
    • Corruption linked to political dynamics and social norms
    • The judiciary
  3. Progress in anti-corruption
    • Legal framework
    • Institutional reforms
    • Other stakeholders
  4. References


Nieves Zúñiga, [email protected]


Guillaume Nicaise, [email protected] and Transparency Serbia




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