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Moldova: ECHR rules in favour of Moldovan anti-corruption activist

January 17, 2019

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that a Moldovan activist’s conviction for using sculptures of genitals to protest against corruption was “manifestly disproportionate.” The case concerned Anatol Mătăsaru’s conviction for demonstrating in front of the Moldovan prosecutor general’s office with obscene sculptures in 2013. His sculptures likening public officials to genitals were intended […]

Romania’s EU Presidency Overshadowed by Corruption Cases

January 14, 2019

Romania took control of the Council of the EU’s rotating presidency on January 1 and will be responsible for ensuring the continuity of the EU’s work until June, reported DW. The former Communist country only joined the EU in January 2007 and has been at odds with Brussels regarding the rule of law, separation of powers and corruption. […]

Macedonia: Government in a hurry to form Anti-Corruption Commission

January 11, 2019

The government is in a hurry to form the Anti-Corruption Commission, because shortly, in early February, the presidential election will be announced. It will not be a good message before Brussels, as Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European affairs Bujar Osmani said, if another election is conducted without the Anti-Corruption Commission. The government has […]

Romania’s new anti-corruption chief steps down

January 9, 2019

The interim head of Romania’s anti-corruption agency said Tuesday (8 January) she was stepping down, citing a “hostile environment”, just as the country takes on the EU’s presidency. Anca Jurma had become the head of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) after her predecessor Laura Codruța Kövesi — considered a symbol of the country’s fight against graft — was controversially […]

Albania: Special Anti-Corruption Court, HJC Starts Candidate Selections

December 28, 2018

  The High Judicial Council (HJC) has started on Thursday the selection of candidates for the establishment of the Special Anti-Corruption Court. The meeting in which some of the priorities we reviewed in connection with the functioning of the Special Courts against Corruption and Organized Crime, and the appointment of candidates for magistrates graduated from […]

Albania: The lawyer Sokol Gjini arrested in Tirana for trying to corrupt a Judge

December 27, 2018

A lawyer is arrested by Tirana Police as he tried to corrupt a judge. Oculus News sources suggest that the arrested lawyer is the citizen Sokol Gjini, who is accused of “active corruption of  judge”. Along with the lawyer with the same charge is arrested also his client Eriger Bushi, born and resident in Laç, while […]

Bulgaria: Prosecutor’s office takes measures to protect witness in investigation against Zhivko Martinov

December 27, 2018

A witness in the case against Zhivko Martinov has been placed under police protection by order of the Special Prosecutor’s Office. The witness and his family will be guarded 24 hours a day, as there are reasons to believe that they are under threat in connection with his testimony, the Prosecutor’s Office said. The protection was requested […]

Romanian government survives no confidence vote

December 26, 2018

Romania’s Social Democrat-led government survived a no confidence vote on Thursday (20 December) as expected, days before taking over the European Union’s rotating presidency, but still faces concerns at home and abroad over its attempts to weaken a crackdown on corruption. Moves to overhaul judicial legislation and oust chief prosecutors and judges have dominated the […]

Macedonia’s MPs pass new law on anti-corruption commission

December 26, 2018

A bill on the prevention of corruption and conflict of interests was passed on Monday in its first reading. 58 MPs voted in favor with 16 voting against. The law regulates the two areas, corruption and conflict of interest, and it includes precise definitions of office-holder, family, close family members and friends as well as […]

Bulgarian MPs Adopted Changes to the Anti-corruption Law

December 21, 2018

The lawmakers adopted the amendments to the Anti-Corruption Act on 20th of December, reports BNT. The ruling power gave up the idea of eternal checks for unlawfully acquired property, and the unfinished proceedings would be completed according to the previous order. The draft was adopted at first reading in Parliament on 14th of December. It provided for […]

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