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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 […]

Albania: Police vetting to fire individuals involved in corruption

February 21, 2018

Minister of Interior Fatmir Xhafaj said that a bill on State Police vetting is designed to check the moral integrity, professional and personal background and fire to fire all individuals involved in corruption affairs, crime, or being professionally incompetent in performing duties they are tasked with. Presenting the draft law on Vetting of State Police, […]

Revealing Corruption Remains Challenge for Balkan Media

February 19, 2018

Reporters on corruption and organised crime in the Balkans are subject to a range of different pressures and challenges – as our comparison of reporting on such cases in Bosnia, Kosovo* and Serbia shows. Organised crime and corruption are among the key challenges facing the societies of the Western Balkans, with corruption in particular being […]

Macedonia introduces a new procurement law to tackle corruption

February 19, 2018

Macedonia’s Public Procurement Bureau director Gjorgji Georgievski introduced a new law on public procurement aimed at preventing corruption. Speaking at the first public debate on the new draft-law on public procurement, Georgievski said that the law was drafted in cooperation with the World Bank and aimed at including red flags in the e-public procurement system, […]

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 […]

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