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Slovenia Ranks 11th in Budget Transparency

Ljubljana, 25 October (STA) - The Open Budget Survey 2010, an independent survey measuring budget transparency and accountability in 94 countries around the world, puts Slovenia on 11th place, with the country scoring 70 out of 100 points.

The list of 94 countries was compiled by an organisation called International Budget Partnership.

Faring the best were South Africa, New Zealand, the UK, France, Norway, Sweden and the US, while the worst performers include China, Saudi Arabia, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, and Iraq.

The office of the Slovenian information commissioner said in a press realise on Monday that Slovenia's score was "very good", but that there was still room for improvement in terms of people's access to information about public spending and their participation in the decision-making.

Slovenia ranked ahead of EU fellow members Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Italy, Spain and Portugal. However, by scoring 70 points on a 100-point scale called the Open Budget Index, the country lags behind the Western Europe and US average of 74 points.

This points to the need for improvement, the information commissioner's office said.

It added that the strengthening of democratic principles of transparency and public's involvement in the decision-making in the past decades raised the awareness that people have the right to know how public money is spent.

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