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OCCRP, RISE & EurActiv Launch Internet Ownership Project

January 29, 2016

As the internet becomes more central to our lives, the question grows more urgent: who owns it? OCCRP, in partnership with RISE Project and, set out to find out in the Internet Ownership Project.     Funded by the Knight Foundation and The Black Sea Trust, the project examines […]

Bulgaria perceived as most corrupt in EU: report

January 28, 2016

Perception of corruption in Bulgaria is the highest in the EU, with Denmark viewed as the most transparent, according to a report by activist group Transparency International (TI). The report, published on Wednesday (27 January), is based on polls of experts from around the world on topics including free press, access to budget information, integrity […]

Moldova crisis: An elite power grab?

January 28, 2016

Some people say the street protests in Moldova are by pro-Russian protesters trying to unseat a European-friendly government in a former Soviet republic. But the reality in Europe’s poorest country is more complicated than that. It is a political crisis.   The anti-government camp is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Pavel Filip’s government and early parliamentary […]


January 27, 2016

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL CALLS ON PEOPLE EVERYWHERE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST CORRUPTION 2015 showed that people working together can succeed in the battle against corruption. Although corruption is still rife globally, more countries improved their scores in the 2015 edition of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index than declined. Overall, two-thirds of the 168 countries on the […]

Foreign businesses denounce Bulgarian corruption

January 27, 2016

Bulgaria came under fire from its major business partners yesterday (25 January) over its failure to strengthen the rule of law, just before the publication of an EU monitoring report expected to be highly critical of the lack of reforms in the Union’s poorest member state. The bilateral chambers of commerce of nine EU countries […]

Romania should do more to fight corruption: Council of Europe

January 26, 2016

The Council of Europe called on Romania today to do more to fight corruption in the judiciary. The Council of Europe’s group of experts on corruption, known as GRECO, published today its latest report on Romania, looking at measures to help prevent corruption among MPs, judges and prosecutors. GRECO´s report points out that Romania is still at an early stage […]

European Parliament Urges Montenegro to Probe First Bank

January 25, 2016

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have introduced 155 amendments to the draft resolution on Montenegro urging the country to tackle corruption, vote-buying, investigate Prva Bank (First Bank) and the Telekom Affair among other cases, reported Balkan Insight. Parliamentarians Ulrike Lunacek and Terry Reintke called on Montenegro’s government to open investigations and initiate prosecutions of […]

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 […]

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