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 […]

Denmark reveals €800m tax fraud – the country’s biggest

August 27, 2015

Denmark’s tax authority said on Wednesday that it had alerted police after foreign companies appeared to have drained more than 800m euros from the system in what would be the country’s biggest tax fraud. “Over the summer we became suspicious after receiving information from a foreign authority,” said Jesper Ronnow Simonsen, head of the Skat […]

Bulgarian Central Bank Broke Its Silence after 3 Years of Correspondence about Banks ‘Bad Apples’

August 26, 2015

New Governor Dimitar Radev ended Iskrov’s omerta and promised review of media investigations in the banking system. The new Governor of the Bulgarian central bank (Bulgarian National Bank, BNB) Dimitar Radev responded to the numerous letters, alerts and official inquiries Bivol sent them over the years. Radev also finally granted us access to the original […]

Croatian Judge Turudić: The Sanader Trial is One of the Most Difficult Cases in My Career

August 26, 2015

The new trial of former Prime Minister Ivo Sanader will be far from straightforward, says the presiding judge. President of the County Court in Zagreb Ivan Turudić said that the trial of former prime minister Ivo Sanader is very difficult in many ways. Asked whether it was the most difficult case of his entire career, […]

Last Chance for EU and Western Balkans

August 26, 2015

On Thursday, in Vienna, starts the annual summit of the Western Balkans that was initiated last year in Berlin and became famous as the Berlin Process. Lead subjects on the agenda of the prime ministers of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania, and also Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, France, Italy and Austria will be the […]