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TI: GRECO’s criticism of Czech corruption is legitimate

November 4, 2016

The Czech branch of the Transparency International anti-corruption organisation agrees with the criticism in the Council of Europe report issued on Wednesday, which calls on the Czech Republic to more prevent corruption among lawmakers, judges and prosecutors. The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) recommends that the Czech authorities make the legislative […]

Ukrainians shocked as politicians declare vast wealth

November 1, 2016

An anti-corruption reform requiring senior Ukrainian officials to declare their wealth online has exposed a vast difference between the fortunes of politicians and those they represent. Some declared millions of dollars in cash. Others said they owned fleets of luxury cars, expensive Swiss watches, diamond jewelry and large tracts of land – revelations that could […]

Corruption and prosperity

November 1, 2016

What is the single most important determinate as to whether a country is rich or poor? It is not the level of government spending, taxation, regulation or monetary stability — even though those factors are very important. It is the rule of law, whereby the rules are known and fair, equally applied to all, and […]

Belgrade: National Whistleblower Center Participates in International Anti-Corruption Conference

October 28, 2016

Today, the NWC’s Executive Director Stephen Kohn will take part in the “For Every Truth There Is a Source: Protecting Whistleblowers and Journalistic Sources” conference in Belgrade, Serbia. This international conference, hosted by the Serbian whistleblower advocacy group Pištaljkaa (The Whistle), and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Information runs from Thursday the 27th […]

Slovakia steps up anti-corruption drive

October 27, 2016

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – Slovakia has banned companies with undisclosed ownership from doing business with the state as part of a package of anti-corruption measures, the justice minister said on Wednesday. The central European nation, which ranked 50th among 168 countries in Transparency International’s 2015 corruption perception index, last year introduced a register of final beneficiaries […]

Watchdog to oversee Hungary highway construction in EU plan

October 27, 2016

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary has joined an initiative meant to increase the oversight of projects funded by the European Union.   Pascal Boijmans, an EU official for regional policy, says state agencies, bidders and external watchdogs are committing to “integrity pacts” — or pledges between all the parties to be transparent and accountable. The […]

Ukraine’s anti-corruption reform under threat

October 26, 2016

A reform requiring Ukraine’s politicians and officials to declare their assets online in order to fight corruption is under threat. Some lawmakers and anti-corruption activists say there are persistent attempts to sabotage the measure, which is backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).   As reported by the Reuters news agency, the reform has faced […]

Panama Papers: European Parliament Launches Inquiry

September 29, 2016

The European Parliament launched a detailed inquiry into the Panama Papers leak of confidential documents on Tuesday, in an effort to close offhsore loopholes that have allowed the rich and powerful to hide billions in secret. The inquiry, which is scheduled to run for 10 months, opened with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) questioning […]

European Commission takes first steps toward tax blacklist

September 19, 2016

The European Commission has compiled a list of nations that could one day find themselves on the first common European Union blacklist of countries that do not adhere to good tax practices. The European Union’s executive announced yesterday that it had put together a “scoreboard” of the EU’s partner countries, marking them against a number […]

EU Anti-corruption Spending in Western Balkans Not Delivering

September 14, 2016

This morning’s report from the European Court of Auditors on the European Commission’s anti-corruption efforts in the Western Balkans is a stark wake up call. Scratch beneath the veneer of bureaucratic niceness and the message is loud and clear – the billions of euros being spent by the Commission on the fight against corruption in […]

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