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  • Print publication year: 2015
  • Online publication date: September 2015

Appendix 3 - Brief description of databases and surveys used


European Quality of Government Index 2013

Quality of Government Institute for ANTICORRP

This survey (EQI) on corruption and governance at the regional level within the EU was first conducted in 2010 and then again in 2013. The data focus on both perceptions and experiences with public sector corruption, along with the extent to which citizens believe various public sector services are impartially allocated and of good quality. It covers all 28 EU member states and two accession countries (Serbia and Turkey). The subnational regions are at the Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics (NUTS) 1 or NUTS 2 level, depending on the country and, for 2013, the EQI was expanded to 206 regions and was answered by 85,000 citizen respondents.

Data provided by the Quality of Government Institute.

Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press Index

Freedom House

Freedom in the World is an assessment of global political rights and civil liberties. It has been published annually since 1972 and covers 195 countries and 14 related and disputed territories. The Freedom of the Press Index is an annual survey of media independence in countries and territories. The annual index contains the most comprehensive data set available on global media freedom. The index assesses the degree of print, broadcast, and internet freedom in every country in the world.

Data available at:

Global Competitiveness Report

World Economic Forum

Since 2004, the Global Competitiveness Report ranks the nations according to the Global Competitiveness Index. The report is made up of over 110 variables, of which two-thirds come from the Executive Opinion Survey, and one-third comes from publicly available sources. The variables are organized into twelve pillars, with each pillar representing an area considered an important determinant of competitiveness.

Data available at:

Global Corruption Barometer

Transparency International

Since its debut in 2003, the Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) has surveyed the experiences of everyday people confronting corruption around the world. The GCB 2013 is the biggest ever survey tracking worldwide public opinion on corruption. The survey was answered by over 114,000 people in 107 countries.