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European Parliament backs rules to protect whistleblowers

April 18, 2019

The European Parliament on Tuesday (17 April) overwhelmingly voted for rules aimed at protecting whistleblowers from reprisals following corporate scandals such as Dieselgate and Cambridge Analytica. With 591 votes in favour, 29 against and 33 abstentions, the parliament backed rules to boost the fight against fraud, corruption, corporate tax avoidance and damage to people’s health […]

Brussels Warns Romania Over Corruption Immunity Decrees

April 11, 2019

Frans Timmermans on Wednesday said the European Union will act fast if Bucharest goes ahead with plans to pass decrees decriminalizing some corruption-related offences. The European Commission will “act within days” if the Romanian government passes decrees that could give officials and politicians accused of corruption immunity, the European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said […]

Protecting whistleblowers: EU safeguards for people acting in public interest

April 9, 2019

EU rules seek to protect people reporting breaches of EU law and provide incentives for those aware of wrongdoing to act in the public interest. Whistleblowers have played a key role in recent years in shedding light on scandals related to tax evasion, such as Lux Leaks and the Panama Papers, or the abuse of […]

Bulgaria’s Chief Prosecutor Orders New Checks into Property Acquisitions by Top Officials

April 8, 2019

Bulgaria’s Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov has ordered checks into property acquisitions by the Head of the anti-corruption commission, Plamen Georgiev, the son of the National Investigation Service director Borislav Sarafov and the wife of Supreme Court of Cassation head Lozan Panov, reports BNT. Georgiev on 4th of April said that he would fully co-operate with the […]

Third International Whistleblowers Day 21 March 2019 Tirana, Albania

March 21, 2019

Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection is a regional initiative, established in 2015, dedicated to strengthening legal rights and protection for employees and citizens who report corruption. The Coalition is the world’s first regional organization of its kind. It is comprised of 25 NGOs, journalism organizations and other groups from 12 Southeast and Eastern European […]

29th RAI Steering Group Meeting – 12 March Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

March 13, 2019

The 29th Steering Group Meeting of the Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on March 12th, 2019. The meeting was organized by the RAI Secretariat and chaired by the Head of Secretariat Mr. Vladan Joksimovic.   Focus of the Steering Group Meeting was selection of the new Anti-corruption Expert, as […]

North Macedonia’s ex-secret police chief sentenced to 3 years in prison for election fraud

March 11, 2019

A court in Skopje sentenced the former secret police head of North Macedonia Saso Mijalkov to three years in prison in a local election fraud case, dubbed Titanik 2, on March 8.  Mijalkov, 53, was immediately put in detention. This was the first verdict for the Special Prosecution Office (SPO) for Mijalkov, who also faces other trials, including over […]

Croatian Journalists Demand More Media Freedom

March 5, 2019

Hundreds of Croatian journalists took to the streets of Zagreb last weekend to protest against the decline of media freedom in the country. Whilst the government of the Balkan EU Member State insists that there are no threats to media freedom, journalists cite a large number of lawsuits that are being filed against them, including […]

Council of Europe: Corruption and Torture Strongly Linked

March 5, 2019

Corruption and torture are decisively linked, and members of the European Union need to move swiftly and effectively to “eradicate these threats to democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” the Council of Europe said last week. Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment […]

Romanians Cheer Ex-Prosecutor Battling Corruption Charges

February 18, 2019

Romanians gathered on Friday in front of the prosecutor’s office in Bucharest to show support for Laura Codruta Kovesi, the former head of the country’s anti-corruption agency, who is one of the top candidates for the post of the European Union’s first public prosecutor. Scores of supporters brought flowers and cheered for Kovesi as she […]

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