Romania: senior prosecutor, ex-tax chief detained, suspected of being bribed by businessman

September 2, 2015

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors have detained a prosecutor and a senior tax official on suspicion they took bribes from a businessman to resolve a court case in his favor. Prosecutors said Tuesday that Alina Bica, the former chief prosecutor for the agency investigating organized crime and terrorism, received a bribe of 17,500 euros […]

Albania PM Declares ‘War’ on Fiscal Evasion

September 2, 2015

Under pressure from the IMF over falling fiscal revenues, Prime Minister Rama has pledged to engage 600 teams to fight the widespread evasion of the use of receipts for goods – although many see the threat as empty. Edi Rama speaking to the media about his campaign against fiscal evasion on 31 August 2015. Photo: […]

Serbia Urged to Solve New Attack on Journalist

September 2, 2015

The Association of Journalists, the Anti-corruption Council and the ‘Enough is enough’ movement have demanded that those who recently attacked the investigative journalist Ivan Ninic be brought to justice. The Association of Journalists of Serbia, UNS, the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia, NUNS, the Anti-corruption Council and the political movement “Enough is Enough” have […]

B&H: Money for Health Care in Hands of Fraudsters

September 1, 2015

Esed Radeljaš was head of the agency that allocates money for health care in Sarajevo Canton even though he’d been convicted of fraud and forgery. Today he manages the budget of Bosnia-Podrinje Canton. Ten years ago, Esed Radeljaš was convicted of fraud and forgery, but this has been no obstacle to his taking office and […]

Bosnia Serb Opposition Seeks PM’s Dismissal

August 31, 2015

The opposition bloc in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity, Republika Srpska, says it has new proof that the entity premier was involved in a bribery scandal and will seek her dismissal. Dragan Cavic, an opposition leader in Republika Srpska, on Friday said the opposition parties will launch an initiative to dismiss Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic, after foreign […]

Romania to propose legalizing bribes for doctors

August 31, 2015

The government prefers not to call them bribes. Romania is moving toward legalizing a widespread practice in many Eastern European countries, where medical staff is underpaid and quality can be dodgy: bribes for better service. The government is expected to introduce criteria by which informal payments patients make to doctors, nurses and other public health […]

Croatia: Unsolved threats and assaults underscore rapid deterioration of media freedom

August 31, 2015

Index’s project Mapping Media Freedom has recorded an alarming increase in media freedom violations in Croatia. Correspondent Ilcho Cvetanoski talks to Sasa Lekovic, the head of the Croatian Journalists’ Association, about the situation.   Over the past few months, death threats, physical assaults and intimidation have plagued the Croatian media. This drastic deterioration of media […]

Bulgaria Lacks Progress in Fight against Corruption – US Interim Chargé d’Affaires

August 28, 2015

Bulgaria has registered progress in many spheres over the past 25 years, yet there are also worrying trends, including the economic development and the fight against corruption, according to Roderick W. Moore, interim Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia.In a Wednesday interview for Nova TV, he specified that he was not expressing his […]

Most high-level corruption cases in Romania, related to public procurement

August 28, 2015

Most of the high-level corruption cases in Romania are related to public procurement, a EUR 15 million market, said Marius Bulucea, advisor to the Chief Prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA). Corruption often occurs when there is a large margin of discretion for civil servants, who are at liberty to choose without some very […]

B&H: Whistleblower reinstated after two-year suspension credits assistance from National Whistleblower Center

August 28, 2015

In June 4, 2015, Danko Bogdanović was reinstated as of Chief of Customs office of Brcko, BiH, after a two-year suspension for reporting corruption in the Indirect Taxation Authority. Bogdanović, reported corruption to the Agency for prevention and coordination of fight against corruption (IPAK). The Center for Responsible Democracy LUNA assisted Bogdanović in filing an application […]