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US Bans Albanian Former General Prosecutor for suspected involvement in ‘significant corruption’.

February 19, 2018

Adriatik Llalla on Wednesday became the first known Albanian official to be banned from entering the US for suspected involvement in ‘significant corruption’. The US State Department on Wednesday announced that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had “designated” Adriatik Llalla, 49, and his family as corrupt foreign officials, thereby banning Llalla from entering the country. […]

Bulgaria adopts new anti-corruption legislation

February 13, 2018

New Anti-corruption and Forfeiture of Assets Act (AFAA) entered into force in Bulgaria, replacing two existing pieces of legislation – the Prevention of Conflict of Interest Act, and the Forfeiture of Illegally Acquired Assets Act. In addition, the AFAA creates a single commission to enforce the law from the various commissions that existed before. Definition of […]

Romania, DNA head Kovesi: Corruption will not be solved only by arresting defendants, or indicting public servants

February 8, 2018

The chief prosecutor of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi has told a debate on public procurement corruption on Wednesday that “the corruption issue will not be solved only by arresting defendants and obtaining convictions, but if the prosecutors’ effort is dubbed by prevention actions”. Kovesi pointed out that, although the crimes’ approach […]

Albania Looks to Clear Out Bad Apples From Police Force

February 8, 2018

TIRANA, Albania — Albania’s government is looking to clear out the bad apples among its police force. A draft law that the government approved Wednesday calls for the vetting of Albania’s 13,000 police officers. Deputy Interior Minister Julian Hodaj said that authorities want to look at the officers’ professional and personal backgrounds in order “to […]

Brussels’ new Balkan strategy: Tough love

February 6, 2018

The European Commission’s new strategy for the Western Balkans holds out the prospect that two countries from the region, Serbia and Montenegro, could “potentially” be ready to join the EU by 2025. It also offers increased support for the four other would-be members from the region that was engulfed by war and civil strife in […]

Albania anti-corruption protest sees thousands rally for government resignation

February 1, 2018

Opposition protesters have rallied in Tirana, accusing the government of links to organized crime. Prime Minister Rama hit back, telling opponents they were creating a false crisis to sabotage EU accession talks. Shouting slogans and waving banners that read “Rama Leave,” thousands of opponents of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s socialist government took to the […]


22 January – 2 February 2018, Rome – Città di Castello, Italy: Winter School on “Preventing corruption through Administrative Measures”

January 22, 2018

The Department of Political Science, University of Perugia, in collaboration with the Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI), European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and Italian National Anticorruption Authority (ANAC) implemented an international Winter School on “Preventing Corruption through Administrative Measures” which took place in Rome and Città di Castello, Italy, from 22 January to 2 February, 2018. The Winter School was […]

Tens of thousands protest against corruption in Romania

January 22, 2018

People return to the streets in the graft-plagued EU member to oppose laws that would weaken judicial independence. Tens of thousands of Romanians marched through heavy snow in Bucharest on Saturday in protest against proposed laws that critics say will make it harder to prosecute crime and high-level corruption. An estimated 50,000 people marched towards parliament, […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Managing Public Companies – Party Before Expertise

January 16, 2018

Sarajevo public companies are often managed by political party members whose background and work experience don’t match at all with the companies’ business. Political parties control operation of public companies by appointing members into company management. (Photo: CIN)   By The Center for Investigative Reporting In the summer of 2017, temperatures in the capital of […]

Serbian Anti-Corruption Council: Illegal appropriation of state land

January 12, 2018

The government-run Anti-Corruption Council warns about dozens of thousands of hectares of state-owned land being given away to private entities without compensation, i.e. just based on a note issued by the Privatization Agency which says that the land buyer has settled its obligations stemming from a contract. “Even if the buyer did fulfill its obligations, […]

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