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EU launches assessment exercise with Moldovan institutions

December 2, 2015

The EU has launched an assessment exercise of several Moldovan institutions, upon the request of the Moldovan Parliament and Government. The aim is to provide advice and recommendations on the structure and activities of key rule of law institutions in the Republic of Moldova in three different areas: reform process of the justice sector, anti-money […]

Macedonia: Newly Formed Special Prosecution Launches Its First Two Corruption Cases

December 2, 2015

The first two cases launched by the newly formed Macedonian special prosecution unit will focus on Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and former top members of his cabinet.     The prosecution announced on Nov. 26 that its inaugural investigation will be into allegations that former secret services chief Saso Mijalkov, a first cousin of the […]

B&H: Businessman Dug Millions Out of the State’s Bankrupt Mine

December 2, 2015

Gordan Pavlović got a deal when he bought a Foča coal mine for 6 million KM. He then hired fewer than a quarter of the workers he promised to, yet has never been punished. When Gordan Pavlović bought the New Mine of Brown Coal Miljevina near Foča for 6 million KK, he got a great […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Allegations Fly in Political Fracas

December 2, 2015

Opposition parties in Republika Srpska (RS) have lodged a criminal complaint against the RS prime minister and finance minister over a controversial loan the government took, allegedly without National Assembly approval.   The development, the latest in a long line of accusations, has heightened conflict between major parties in the RS, one of the two […]

Romanian Interior Minister Faces Plagiarism Probe

December 1, 2015

An Education Ministry panel is to rule on whether Interior Minister Petre Toba copied some of his doctoral thesis from papers posted on the internet by others.     Romania’s National Ethics Council, an Education Ministry panel, is to analyse this week if Toba plagiarised material for his PhD thesis, after media reports alleged that […]

Serbian Minister Denies Breaking Data Protection Law

December 1, 2015

Serbia’s health minister denied he violated personal data protection legislation when he revealed details from the health record of a former newspaper director who made allegations against the country’s premier. Serbian Health Minister Zlatibor Loncar on Monday denied accusations by the Serbia’s Commissioner for Public Information and several opposition parties that he may have broken […]

Law ‘Cleansing’ Politics Raises Eyebrows in Albania

November 30, 2015

A law designed to bar criminals from holding public office has won cross-party support – but many experts doubt it will be enough. A law designed to cleanse Albanian politics of people with criminal records has obtained a consensus among all the main political options in the country. If adopted, as seems likely, it will ban […]

Montenegro: Another Russian ‘Friend’ Readies For NATO, But Corporate Scandals May Prove Costly

November 30, 2015

Are these the guys the North Atlantic Treaty Organization really wants on their side of the law? Montenegro is inching towards European integration. Joining NATO is seen as another piece to becoming a full fledged member of the European Union. Yet, bashing Russian business at a time when hating Vladimir Putin is fashionable may be a […]

Serbian Farmers Say Land Law ‘Encourages Corruption’

November 27, 2015

Serbian farmers are campaigning for the withdrawal of draft legislation on agricultural land, claiming it would give the authorities unchecked powers to lease farmland to favoured investors.   Farmers’ organisations from the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina and several political parties are asking for the withdrawal of the new legislation because they claim it creates […]

Is Europe Right to Reward the Macedonian Government?

November 26, 2015

By linking the ‘conditional’ recommendation for accession negotiations to implementation of the EU-led agreement,  the government is being rewarded for addressing  a crisis for which it was largely responsible.   Ten months have passed since the revelation of a massive wiretapping scandal in Macedonia, involving alleged corruption at the highest levels of government, serious breaches […]

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