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Golden visa programmes in Europe pose major corruption risk

March 6, 2018

Today, a series of investigations published by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) have detailed how citizenship- and residence-by-investment schemes, commonly referred to as ‘Golden Visa’ programmes, are vulnerable to abuse and undermine the fight against corruption in the European Union and neighbouring countries. The stories show how European countries are selling access to the […]

Romanian Court to Rule in Freemasons’ Graft Case

March 6, 2018

The Appeal Court in Timisoara, Romania, is set to rule on a graft case involving a former police chief and a former judge who failed to declare that they were Freemasons. A court in the western Romanian city of Timisoara is set to rule in an unusual and unprecedented corruption case involving a former chief […]

Serbia’s corrupt politicians need not fear the prosecutor

February 28, 2018

Serbia’s leading politicians are no strangers to being probed for their illicit wealth and shady financial dealings. Yet despite investigation after investigation by journalists and anti-corruption watchdogs (accompanied by page after page of evidence), the country’s prosecutors have shown a remarkable disinterest in taking action. Man passes by Serbia’s high court in Belgrade, Serbia November […]

Albania to probe police force to crack down on corruption

February 28, 2018

Albanian lawmakers have passed a law to screen police officers in a bid to clamp down on corruption and links to organised crime, an important part of EU-required judiciary reform. The law was approved late Monday as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was touring the Balkan countries that aspire to join the European Union. A […]

135 anticorruption prosecutors question Romanian justice minister’s report on DNA head

February 27, 2018

135 of the 183 prosecutors from the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) have shown their support for the DNA chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi in the recent scandal that led to the justice minister’s decision to request her dismissal. Moreover, the prosecutors said the minister’s request is based on untruths, assumptions, and unverified press information. The […]

Kosovo*: Corruption in health and education remains at high levels

February 26, 2018

Corruption remains at high levels in both health sector and education as a result of the lack of political willingness in higher institutions. This was the conclusion of the next roundtable organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo* titled “Corruption in Health and Education”, supported by UNDP’s Project, Support to Anti-Corruption Efforts in […]

Romania’s president stands by embattled anti-corruption chief

February 26, 2018

Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis said on February 23 that he stands by the head of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi. The government and the ruling coalition want to dismiss Kovesi over alleged misconduct within the agency, which they said resulted in abuses. Iohannis’ refusal to dismiss Kovesi — the final decision rests […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina: OSCE presents report identifying judicial shortcomings in processing corruption cases

February 22, 2018

The presentation of a report compiled by the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina titled Trial Monitoring of Corruption Cases in BiH: A First Assessment brought together over 100 representatives of the judiciary, law enforcement agencies and the international community in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) today in Sarajevo.  The report was developed within the framework of the […]

Macedonia: Commission for the Prevention of Corruption will investigate DUI funding

February 22, 2018

The State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption will check the funding of DUI (The Democratic Union for Integration) after the non-governmental “Transparency International-Macedonia” announced suspicious donations to Ali Ahmeti’s party. According to the organization, “Macedonian Post”, “Airports of Macedonia” and “Macedonian Railways-Infrastructure” appear on the list of donors of DUI for the last year, […]

Slovenia: Despite criticism, changes to anti-corruption legislation advance

February 21, 2018

The government-proposed changes to the law on integrity and prevention of corruption passed the first reading in parliament on Tuesday despite much criticism. The changes are to boost efforts to prevent corruption by making the anti-graft commission more efficient. The bill defines more clearly the tasks and procedures of the Commission for the Prevention of […]

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