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Ukraine replaces entire police force to beat corruption

July 30, 2015

Only a few months ago, Kiev residents would normally avoid the police if they could help it. The officer would be of no use on a complaint – or worse, would demand a bribe. Not any longer. These days, Kiev residents approach members of a new police force that has hit the streets – and […]

Romania: GSK faces new corruption allegations, this time in Romania

July 30, 2015

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, which was fined a record 3 billion yuan ($483 million) for corruption in China last year and is examining possible staff misconduct elsewhere, faces new allegations of bribery in Romania. GSK confirmed it was looking into the latest claims of improper payments set out in a whistleblower’s email sent to its top management […]

Balkan Countries See Police as Corrupt, Report Says

July 30, 2015

Only around 5 per cent of people in the Western Balkans see the police as an uncorrupt force, research by five civil sector organizations shows. Bojan Elek and Sasa Djordjevic, BCBP researchers | Photo by Beta New research carried out by POINTPULSE, a civil organization network, shows that more than 90 per cent of people […]

Albania Charges Former Central Bank Governor

July 30, 2015

A year after a major bank theft was discovered, former governor Ardian Fullani was charged with abuse of office by prosecutors who allege that he bears some responsibility for the crime. Albania’s former central bank chief Fullani behind bars | Photo by LSA. Prosecutors in Albania on Tuesday said they had charged former central bank […]

Serbian Whistleblower Law Faces First Serious Test

July 29, 2015

Watchdog organisation Transparency Serbia told BIRN that the Nenadic case will be a good test of the effectiveness of the recently-adopted legislation protecting whisteblowers. “This case will show how effective the new law is, because we haven’t had such a case since the enactment of the law,” said Bojana Medenica from Transparency Serbia. Nenadic, a […]

TI: BiH municipalities must adopt plans for the fight against corruption

July 29, 2015

Evaluation of local integrity system proved that BiH municipalities lack key mechanisms for the prevention of corruption, and that the liability of local assemblies, governments and political parties is at very low level. Transparency International Bosnia and Herzegovina (TI BiH) held the presentation of the study entitled Local integrity system assessment (LIS assessment) which has […]

Romanian officials raid homes in medicines corruption probe

July 29, 2015

Romanian prosecutors have searched dozens of home and offices looking for evidence that drug companies offered doctors vacations and other incentives in exchange for prescribing cancer drugs. A statement from the anti-corruption agency Tuesday (July 28) said that 61 homes and offices were searched in Bucharest and in the northwest Transylvania region. The agency’s chief […]

Bulgarian Deputy PM: Anticorruption, Judicial Reform Are Two Sides of Same Coin

July 29, 2015

Bulgaria’s Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva said on Jul 28. that the fight against corruption and the judicial reform represented the two sides of the same coin. Kuneva stated this at a roundtable discussion organised by the Centre for the Study of Democracy, daily Sega reports. According to her, without an effective and independent judicial […]

Croatia Court Orders Retrial for Ex-PM Sanader

July 28, 2015

Croatia’s constitutional court on Monday (July 27) revoked the verdicts that sentenced former ex-premier Sanader to eight and a half years in prison for abuse of office, war profiteering and bribery. The verdicts were overturned because of procedural errors, the court said, and the legal process against Sanader will now restart at Zagreb county court. […]

Montenegro: Drobnic – Prevention of the corruption is as important as sanctioning the one that has already occurred

July 27, 2015

Establishing the Anti-corruption Agency is one of the most important institutional steps towards improving the rule of law, said the Head of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Mitja Drobnic. At the constitutive meeting of the Agency Council, he stressed several important aspects of ting up of such an agency, the news agency Mina carried. “First, […]