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Classified materials found in search at Moldovan ex-premier’s home

October 20, 2015

Evidence of corruption that Vlad Filat was charged with have also been found in searches at his home and office. Classified documents have been found during searches at the house of former Prime Minister of Moldova Vlad Filat arrested on suspicion of corruption, a public prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Centre told a news conference […]

Albania’s News Correction Site’ Concerns Experts

October 20, 2015

The Albanian government launches news website to ‘correct false media reports’, but analysts recommend focusing on transparency instead. The Albania Government has created its own website to correct what it describes as false or biased news reports published by online news portals or disseminated by the opposition Democratic Party. The move has caused some concern […]

Pristina University Key to Economic Recovery

October 19, 2015

University of Pristina must push ahead with education reforms despite protests so Kosovo’s fragile economy improves. More than a week ago hundreds of Kosovo citizens – including prominent public figures such as artists, journalists, writers and civil society activists – rallied in support of granting greater autonomy to the University of Pristina. Gathered under the […]

Clashes in Montenegro as Police Move to Break Up Protests

October 19, 2015

Police forces in Montenegro have been accused of using excessive force after they moved to end what had been a predominantly protest on Saturday morning in front of the Montenegrin Parliament in Podgorica. Early Saturday morning, more than a hundred police officers entered the protesters’ camp in the street and public square in front of […]

Former Moldova Prime Minister Filat Charged in Bank Fraud Case

October 16, 2015

Under investigation in connection with missing money from three banks in 2014. CHISINAU, Moldova—Moldova’s parliament on Thursday lifted the immunity of a former prime minister who was later detained and charged with being involved in a bank fraud of up to $1.5 billion. A total of 79 lawmakers out of 101 voted to lift the […]

Macedonia Plans Whistleblower Protection Law

October 16, 2015

As part of the ongoing efforts to end the political crisis that revolves around mass illegal surveillance claims, Macedonia is soon expected to adopt a law to protect whistleblowers. As efforts continue to put inter-party talks on ending the political crisis that revolves around mass illegal surveillance claims back on track, Macedonia is soon expected […]

Romania: The Knight of Rueful Schengen

October 16, 2015

Whatever they tell you, be sure it is about Schengen, because Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva has embarked on a mission impossible – to raise the question of Bulgaria’s Schengen membership at every European meeting. “Bulgaria not joining Schengen eight years into its EU membership is not only our problem. This is a problem of […]

B&H: Officeholders Received 346,000 KM in Retirement Severance

October 13, 2015

Money went to 23 officeholders who held senior posts in eight state ministries. Twenty-three officeholders received nearly 346,000 KM in severance pay before retiring. Ministers, deputies, assistants and advisors to the ministers and secretary generals of the ministries got money from the budget of eight state ministries since 2006. According to the Law on Salaries […]

Watchdog unearths dubious dealings behind Romania’s economic boom

October 13, 2015

Bribery charges against employees of French water giant Veolia have raised questions about the role of corruption in Romania’s economic boom. Bucharest has rebuked the agency that brought it up, Luke Dale-Harris writes. A corruption crackdown that has shaken the Romanian government to its core over the past 10 months has now extended to the […]

Rise in ‘Urgently’ Passed Laws Queried in Serbia

October 12, 2015

Legal experts say trend towards passing laws in urgent procedure is stifling democratic debate and lowering the quality of legislation.   A marked rise in the number of laws passed  in urgent procedure in Serbia and without debate – often under the excuse of EU membership talks – is raising questions about transparency and the […]

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