"Although we show a slight positive change in the index, the rank has fallen from the last year's 162nd place. Among the post-Soviet countries, Estonia ranks 6th, Georgia - 13th, Lithuania - 16th on Latvia - 20th. And, of course, a search of excuses starts here, kind of 'Estonia is small and free of oligarchs' etc. It's not about the size. From the very beginning, Estonia persistently carried out reforms, including those very painful," Merilo says.
In her opinion, Ukraine still has to take a lot of efforts to reach the level of the Baltic states.
"We have found ourselves in a difficult situation. It's not all that easy. I believe that in recent years we have made some necessary steps. However, we have no right to complain, give up, hope for someone else and express a remote criticism," she wrote. "Our country is our reflection and it will be what we want it to be."