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Romania Suffers From a ‘Signature Strike’

January 22, 2016

In August, Ion Tiriac, a former professional tennis and hockey player-turned-businessman, summoned reporters to tell them he was shelving plans to donate €2 million ($2.2 million) to build a new ice rink in Bucharest. Tiriac told journalists he had spent more than two years trying to line up the necessary government approvals, but a sweeping […]

A thankless task: Blowing the whistle on graft in Bosnia

January 21, 2016

Alma Sehovic left behind a 19-year-old daughter when she threw herself from the window of her apartment in the Bosnian city of Tuzla in November last year. She left behind, too, a debilitating battle to expose alleged corrupt practices at the state employment office where she worked. Sehovic, a 49-year-old auditor in this rundown former industrial […]

61% of Bulgarian Companies Call Corruption ‘Problem When Doing Business’

January 20, 2016

Bulgaria is among the ten EU member states where at least half of all companies say corruption is a problem for them when doing business, a Eurobarometer survey shows.   In Romania and Greece, the share is 74%, followed by Bulgaria (61%) and Italy (60%). Titled Businesses’ Attitudes Towards Corruption in the EU, the report […]

Montenegro to Hike Funding for Political Parties

January 19, 2016

Political parties in Montenegro have been allocated twice as much state money in the 2016 budget than during the previous election cycle in 2012, despite the fact the country is facing large budget shortfalls. Political parties in Montenegro will receive about 6.56 million euro from the state budget this year – almost twice as much […]

Romania: Chief anticorruption prosecutor Kovesi awarded ‘European of the Year’ by Reader’s Digest

January 19, 2016

Laura Codruta Kovesi, chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), has been designated ‘European of the Year’ in 2016 by the Reader’s Digest magazine. She is the second Romanian recognized this way, after Iana Matei, chairman of the Reaching Out Romania foundation, in 2010. According to a release of Tarasgo Romania, owner of the […]

Gloom Overshadows Protest Anniversary in Bosnia’s Tuzla

January 18, 2016

The biggest protests against poverty and corruption in recent Bosnian history began in Tuzla two years ago, yet little has changed for the town’s disillusioned residents.       Two years after being set ablaze during protests against poverty and corruption, the cantonal government building in the northern Bosnian town of Tuzla remains charred and […]

Bucharest Criticised for ‘Profligate’ Beautification Spending

January 15, 2016

Thousand-euro park benches and rubbish bins made of exotic wood are just some of the overpriced items bought by Bucharest authorities in recent years, auditors said. The Bucharest municipality spent around 600 million euro between 2007 and 2014 to establish and maintain green spaces in the city but a lot of the money was wasted on […]

Parties of Bulgaria’s governing coalition pledge reforms in 2016

January 14, 2016

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s GERB party, majority partner in the coalition cabinet, has said it will press ahead with reforms in 2016 to act against crime and corruption, and will reach out to opposition parties in a bid to build consensus on legislation. Speaking at the year’s opening sitting of the National Assembly on […]

Albanian Power Company Cracks Down on Theft

January 13, 2016

The Albanian state-owned energy company OSHEE has sacked scores of workers this week as part of its continuing attempts to tackle the problem of electricity theft.     OSHEE said on Tuesday said that in the last two days, 78 of its employees in Tirana have been fired for poor performance, allowing people to steal […]

DNA Romania: 188 defendants sentenced in corruption cases in the past two months of 2015

January 12, 2016

The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) on Monday informed that 188 defendants have been convicted following final court rulings in the last two months of 2015 in the cases investigated by the anti-corruption body. “During November and December 2015, 65 court rulings remained final convicting 188 defendants in the corruption cases investigated by DNA, among whom […]

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