Romanian Interior Minister Faces Plagiarism Probe

December 1, 2015

An Education Ministry panel is to rule on whether Interior Minister Petre Toba copied some of his doctoral thesis from papers posted on the internet by others.     Romania’s National Ethics Council, an Education Ministry panel, is to analyse this week if Toba plagiarised material for his PhD thesis, after media reports alleged that […]

Serbian Minister Denies Breaking Data Protection Law

December 1, 2015

Serbia’s health minister denied he violated personal data protection legislation when he revealed details from the health record of a former newspaper director who made allegations against the country’s premier. Serbian Health Minister Zlatibor Loncar on Monday denied accusations by the Serbia’s Commissioner for Public Information and several opposition parties that he may have broken […]

Law ‘Cleansing’ Politics Raises Eyebrows in Albania

November 30, 2015

A law designed to bar criminals from holding public office has won cross-party support – but many experts doubt it will be enough. A law designed to cleanse Albanian politics of people with criminal records has obtained a consensus among all the main political options in the country. If adopted, as seems likely, it will ban […]

Montenegro: Another Russian ‘Friend’ Readies For NATO, But Corporate Scandals May Prove Costly

November 30, 2015

Are these the guys the North Atlantic Treaty Organization really wants on their side of the law? Montenegro is inching towards European integration. Joining NATO is seen as another piece to becoming a full fledged member of the European Union. Yet, bashing Russian business at a time when hating Vladimir Putin is fashionable may be a […]

Serbian Farmers Say Land Law ‘Encourages Corruption’

November 27, 2015

Serbian farmers are campaigning for the withdrawal of draft legislation on agricultural land, claiming it would give the authorities unchecked powers to lease farmland to favoured investors.   Farmers’ organisations from the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina and several political parties are asking for the withdrawal of the new legislation because they claim it creates […]

Czech Police Investigate Alleged Corruption in Own Ranks

November 26, 2015

One of the most serious corruption scandals in the Czech Republic’s recent history has seen four senior public officials charged and many more under suspicion as part of Operation Vidkun, an investigation targeting top-tier law enforcement personnel.   The probe, led by the Czech Unit for Combating Organized Crime (ÚOOZ), is on-going. The wheels began to […]

Is Europe Right to Reward the Macedonian Government?

November 26, 2015

By linking the ‘conditional’ recommendation for accession negotiations to implementation of the EU-led agreement,  the government is being rewarded for addressing  a crisis for which it was largely responsible.   Ten months have passed since the revelation of a massive wiretapping scandal in Macedonia, involving alleged corruption at the highest levels of government, serious breaches […]

Court Frees Former Croatian PM Sanader

November 26, 2015

Zagreb County Court has ordered Ivo Sanader’s release following an earlier ruling of the constitutonal court, although Croatia’s anti-graft body, USKOK, has said it will appeal.   Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader left prison custody on Wednesday following a ruling by the Zagreb County Court that morning. The county court decision came after Croatia’s constitutional […]

Balkan Organized Crime Sets up in Prague

November 24, 2015

Prague, the post-card perfect capital city of the Czech Republic, has long been hugely popular with tourists. But it’s also very popular with other, less desirable visitors: Balkan organized crime groups.     Reporters for KRIK, working with the Czech Center for Investigative Reporting, discovered that dozens of companies established in the Czech capitol are […]

Assault on Serbian Corruption Official ‘a Warning’

November 24, 2015

A senior Anti-Corruption Council member claims she was violently attacked because of her critical reports on government agencies. Miroslava Milenovic,  Anti-Corruption Council member | Photo: Media center A senior member of the Serbian government’s Anti-Corruption Council who was violently assaulted in front of her home on Saturday has claimed the attack is directly connected to […]