Albania MPs Back Vetting Judges and Prosecutors

August 31, 2016

Albania’s parliament has adopted a law on introducing vetting for judges and prosecutors, despite opposition claims that it will result in a ‘witch hunt’. With 88 votes for and one abstention out of 140, Albania’s parliament on Tuesday passed a Law on Reassessment of Judges and Prosecutors, known as the “vetting” law. “Albanians have got […]

Ukraine extradites businessman Platon to Moldova

August 31, 2016

A businessman detained in Ukraine, Veaceslav Platon, has been extradited to Moldova and transferred to Chisinau on Monday late in the evening, according to Moldova’s Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO). Platon was accused of large-scale embezzlement, bank theft and money-laundering charges upon his arrival there. Chisinau’s Buiucani district court is reviewing a petition filed by prosecutors […]

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 […]

Romania: 6 Government Officials on Embezzlement Charges

August 30, 2016

Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors say six senior interior ministry officials have been indicted on suspicion of embezzlement and making false statements. Prosecutors said Monday they had indicted Rares Vaduva, head of an intelligence agency subordinated to the Interior Ministry, and five former senior officials from the same department for allegedly abusing ministry funds, abusing their position […]

Kosovo Probes Ruling Party MP Grabovci over Wiretaps

August 29, 2016

The Special Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into ruling party MP Adem Grabovci after leaked wiretaps sparked allegations that he influenced public-sector appointments. The Special Prosecutor’s Office announced on Friday that it was investigating Grabovci, an MP from the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, over suspicions that he “used his official duties and authority […]

Accused Kosovo Politician Azem Syla Released

August 26, 2016

Azem Syla, a Kosovo politician who is under investigation for alleged property scams and money laundering, was released from custody on Thursday evening. Syla, a prominent politician from the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK was released on the decision of an EU rule-of-law mission, EULEX judge on Thursday after the court assessed that there […]

Romania releases first loan tranche to crisis-hit Moldova

August 25, 2016

European Union member Romania said Wednesday (24 August) it has paid the first tranche of a multi-million-euro loan to neighbouring Moldova, in a bid to prevent the ex-Soviet nation from economic collapse and help it maintain a pro-European course. Earlier this year, the Romanian government pledged to lend Moldova 150 million euros to help it push […]

UNODC: Meeting of Intergovernmental Working Groups on Prevention of Corruption and Asset Recovery

August 24, 2016

Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Prevention of Corruption and Intergovernmental Working Group on Asset Recovery gathered on 22 August in Vienna for their intersessional meetings at UNODC. Meetings will be organized by the Secretariat of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative had a pleasure of […]

Romanian Health Official Detained on Suspicion of Bribery

August 24, 2016

Anti-corruption prosecutors have detained a senior Romanian health official on suspicion of paying bribes and influence peddling. A court will rule later Tuesday whether Lazar Iordache, deputy chief of the National Medicine Agency, should be arrested for 30 days. A statement said Iordache promised a health ministry official a cut of budgetary funds for two […]

Bosnian Standoff: Serb Leaders Trade Accusations Amid Corruption Probes

August 23, 2016

The casual, obscenity-laden telephone transcript splashed in Bosnian media at the start of this month appeared to reveal a startling act: One of the country’s most powerful politicians being told that he was protected from major corruption investigations. “Listen, chief, I was with the main guy today,” journalist Mato Djakovic was quoted by news portal […]