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Croatia: Unsolved threats and assaults underscore rapid deterioration of media freedom

August 31, 2015

Index’s project Mapping Media Freedom has recorded an alarming increase in media freedom violations in Croatia. Correspondent Ilcho Cvetanoski talks to Sasa Lekovic, the head of the Croatian Journalists’ Association, about the situation.   Over the past few months, death threats, physical assaults and intimidation have plagued the Croatian media. This drastic deterioration of media […]

Bulgaria Lacks Progress in Fight against Corruption – US Interim Chargé d’Affaires

August 28, 2015

Bulgaria has registered progress in many spheres over the past 25 years, yet there are also worrying trends, including the economic development and the fight against corruption, according to Roderick W. Moore, interim Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia.In a Wednesday interview for Nova TV, he specified that he was not expressing his […]

Most high-level corruption cases in Romania, related to public procurement

August 28, 2015

Most of the high-level corruption cases in Romania are related to public procurement, a EUR 15 million market, said Marius Bulucea, advisor to the Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA). Corruption often occurs when there is a large margin of discretion for civil servants, who are at liberty to choose without some very […]

B&H: Whistleblower reinstated after two-year suspension credits assistance from National Whistleblower Center

August 28, 2015

In June 4, 2015, Danko Bogdanović was reinstated as of Chief of Customs office of Brcko, BiH, after a two-year suspension for reporting corruption in the Indirect Taxation Authority. Bogdanović, reported corruption to the Agency for prevention and coordination of fight against corruption (IPAK). The Center for Responsible Democracy LUNA assisted Bogdanović in filing an application […]

Bulgarian Central Bank Broke Its Silence after 3 Years of Correspondence about Banks ‘Bad Apples’

August 26, 2015

New Governor Dimitar Radev ended Iskrov’s omerta and promised review of media investigations in the banking system. The new Governor of the Bulgarian central bank (Bulgarian National Bank, BNB) Dimitar Radev responded to the numerous letters, alerts and official inquiries Bivol sent them over the years. Radev also finally granted us access to the original […]

Croatian Judge Turudić: The Sanader Trial is One of the Most Difficult Cases in My Career

August 26, 2015

The new trial of former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader will be far from straightforward, says the presiding judge. President of the County Court in Zagreb Ivan Turudić said that the trial of former prime minister Ivo Sanader is very difficult in many ways. Asked whether it was the most difficult case of his entire career, […]

Last Chance for EU and Western Balkans

August 26, 2015

On Thursday, in Vienna, starts the annual summit of the Western Balkans that was initiated last year in Berlin and became famous as the Berlin Process. Lead subjects on the agenda of the prime ministers of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania, and also Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, France, Italy and Austria will be the […]

Romania’s ‘occupy forests’ movement demands clampdown on corporate crime

August 25, 2015

A growing protest movement is demanding strong controls on international investors and logging companies buying up Romania’s forests, writes Raluca Besliu. In its sights is Austria-based Schweighofer, which stands accused of criminal malpractice and accepting illegal timber shipments. The popular outrage stirred up by corporate misdeeds is now stimulating a wider democratic revival. Since the […]

Serbian Anti-Graft Watchdog Says Telekom Shouldn’t Be Sold

August 25, 2015

Serbian anti-graft authorities urged the government not to sell Telekom Srbija, criticizing the company’s operations as “not transparent” and saying it has been under “intense political pressure for years.” The government may not be able to sell publicly owned resources that the country’s largest phone operator may be using, including the telecommunications network, the anti-Corruption […]

Bulgaria Not Doing Enough to Combat Foreign Bribery

August 24, 2015

Bulgaria is among countries doing little or no effort to combat foreign bribery, a Transparency International report shows. In its Progress Report 2015: Assessing Enforcement of the OECD Convention on Combating Foreign Bribery [PDF], the organization says cross-border bribery “has enormous negative consequences for the populations of affected countries”. The 11th annual report deals with […]

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