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Slovakia: did you finish your homework? Period for employers to comply with new whistleblowing Act ended on 30 June 2015

September 8, 2015

On 16 October 2014, the National Council of the Slovak Republic adopted Act No. 307/2014 Coll. on Certain Measures Related to Reporting of Anti-social Activities and on Amendment and Supplements to Certain Acts (“Act”), which is considered as the first comprehensive regulation of whistleblowing in Slovakia. The Act came into force on 1 January 2015. […]

More than half the entries on the Brussels Lobby Register are inaccurate, incomplete or meaningless.

September 8, 2015

Over half the entries for lobby organisations on the EU Transparency Register contain factual errors or implausible numbers according to new analysis published today by Transparency International. TI has therefore filed 4,253 official complaints with the Secretariat of the Transparency Register. The register is designed to keep undue influence by lobbyists at bay and provide […]

Azerbaijan: Khadija Ismayilova Sentenced to 7.5 Years in Prison

September 7, 2015

Khadija Ismayilova, known for her investigative reporting on corruption in Azerbaijan, was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison today by Azerbaijani authorities. By: The Center for Investigative Reporting Award-winning Azeri reporter Khadija Ismayilova was sentenced today to 7.5 years in prison for embezzlement, tax evasion, abuse of power and running an illegal business. Ismayilova, a […]

New Ethical Approach to Combat Widespread Corruption in Education

September 7, 2015

Widespread corruption is not confined to politics and big business; it exists in education, even in Europe’s mature democracies, touching every level of education in every European state. Numerous high-profile allegations of plagiarism in Germany, professors at a Greek university imprisoned for embezzling 8 million euros, a study showing dormitory managers in Romania being bribed […]

Denmark reveals €800m tax fraud – the country’s biggest

August 27, 2015

Denmark’s tax authority said on Wednesday that it had alerted police after foreign companies appeared to have drained more than 800m euros from the system in what would be the country’s biggest tax fraud. “Over the summer we became suspicious after receiving information from a foreign authority,” said Jesper Ronnow Simonsen, head of the Skat […]

UK: Half of whistleblowers ‘dismissed or forced to resign’

August 14, 2015

Research shows people who raise concerns at work are commonly victimised. Eighty per cent of ‘whistleblowers’ suffer reprisals at work, with 50 per cent saying they were either forced to resign or dismissed following their claims, according to research from the charity Public Concern at Work (PCAW). The survey of more than 2,000 working adults, […]


The 10 Most Corrupt Countries in the World

August 12, 2015

Corruption and economic turmoil often go hand-in-hand. In western nations like the United States and many European countries, we often see corruption come to light as the result of whistleblowers or journalistic efforts. But in many other areas of the world, however, corruption plays a major role in fostering staggering poverty and broken economic systems […]

World Bank: Cracking down on secret companies in public procurement

August 12, 2015

World Bank construction project in Bulgaria Public procurement around the globe presents high risk for corruption. There’s a great deal of money at stake –  the OECD reckons procurement spending averages between 13 and 20 per cent of GDP – so it is important that those getting the business do it fairly. Knowing who controls […]

New U.K. Agency to Target International Corruption

August 11, 2015

A new U.K. unit will investigate cases of international corruption affecting developing countries. A handout photograph taken and released April 25, 2015, by the U.K. National Crime Agency shows an officer looking through binoculars towards the tug Hamal, believed to have been carrying a shipment of cocaine, as it traveled off the coast of Scotland.Agence […]

World Bank adopts key Transparency International goals in new procurement policies

August 6, 2015

The World Bank funds 1,800 procurement projects to the tune of US$42 billion in 172 countries, often in challenging environments. It is therefore important to have strong measures to counter corruption. Last week, the Bank announced a new procurement framework that includes many of the recommendations and suggestions Transparency International and Transparency International USA have […]

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