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France Strengthens its Legislation to Combat Bribery and Corruption

November 14, 2016

After considerable debate, France adopted its new Law on Transparency, the Fight against Corruption and Modernization of Economic Life, on November 8, 2016 (the “Law”). This Law represents a reaction to international pressure brought to bear against the French government for its perceived laissez-faireenforcement towards corruption, and a response to severe sanctions imposed by the […]

Riga 15-17 November 2016: Annual Professional Conference and General Assembly of EPAC/EACN

November 9, 2016

A delegation from the Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) will take part in the 16th Annual Professional Conference and General Assembly of EPAC/EACN which will take place from 15th to 17th November in Riga, Latvia. The event hosted by the Corruption Prevention and Combatting Bureau of Latvia (KNAB) will create a platform for exchanging views on […]

EU: whistleblowers need wide and comprehensive legal protection – Petition

November 8, 2016

A platform for a EU-wide whistleblower protection was launched by 44 organizations calling on the European Commission to urgently take action on bringing forward proposals on EU-wide legislation on whistleblower protection with a broad scope of groups and areas of activities protected. The Antoine Deltour trial (LuxLeaks) and the case of Hervé Falsiani (the Falsiani […]

Mikheil Saakashvili Resigns Post in Ukraine, Citing Corruption

November 8, 2016

MOSCOW — Mikheil Saakashvili, a former president of Georgia who was brought into the Ukraine government to set an example of transparency and clean government, resigned on Monday and accused Ukraine’s president of supporting corruption. Mr. Saakashvili, who was appointed governor of the Black Sea region of Odessa by President Petro O. Poroshenko in May […]

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 […]

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