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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 […]

Poor results of EU aid to the poorest country in Europe

September 8, 2016

EU financial support to Moldova, aimed at strengthening the country’s public administration, has had only a limited effect, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA). “The EU faces significant challenges in implementing assistance for Moldova”, said Hans Gustaf Wessberg, the ECA Member responsible for the report. “The combination of political […]

EBRD to invest 200 mln euro annually in Bosnia in 2016, 2017, urges steps to improve business climate

August 30, 2016

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) expects to invest a record-high 200 million euro ($223.7 million) in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2016 and a similar amount next year in a bid to unlock the country’s growth potential, the lender’s president Suma Chakrabarti told SeeNews.   “We are supporting the construction of Corridor Vc,a […]

Survey: Citizens want more EU action against tax fraud

August 22, 2016

Some 75 per cent of all Europeans believe the EU should do more to fight tax fraud, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament. The survey was conducted among 27,969 people representing all 28 member states and said to be representative of the population as a whole. The fight against tax […]

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