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Kosovo: Six arrested, lawmaker sought, over alleged Kosovo land scam

April 28, 2016

Police in Kosovo arrested six people as part of an investigation into an alleged land scam that cost the state 30 million euros ($34 million), European Union investigators said on Wednesday. Azem Syla, a prominent legislator from the ruling party, was the alleged leader of the fraud which is believed to have involved 40 people, […]

CoE Warns of ‘Dwindling Trust’ in Institutions

April 28, 2016

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE), Thorbjørn Jagland, has said that human rights, democracy and security are threatened across Europe. Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland (L) shakes hands with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev (L) during a visit to Sofia, 12 October 2015. Photo by BGNES “Europe is currently struggling with […]

Bulgaria Parliament ex-Official Faces Renewed Tax Evasion Trial

April 28, 2016

Former Deputy Parliament Speaker Hristo Biserov is to appear before court again on Thursday to face charges of tax evasion. He is also to be tried again for undeclared currency deals and undeclared bank accounts held in Switzerland. Hristo Biserov, Bulgaria’s former Deputy Parliament Speaker. File photo, BGNES Last year the Sofia City Court found him […]

Romania’s Anti-Graft Chief Slams Intelligence Service

April 28, 2016

The fierce attack launched by the chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate on the Foreign Intelligence Service is seen as pointing to a serious inter-institutional conflict in Romania. The chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, the DNA, Laura Codruta Kovesi, on Tuesday accused Romania’s Foreign Intelligence Service, SIE, of not sending the DNA […]

Balkan Press Liberty Declining, Freedom House Says

April 27, 2016

Freedom House report says media freedom in the Balkan region is in decline – with the fast decline noted in Serbia and Macedonia. Map showing media freedoms in Europe. Photo: Freedom House website. A new report by the US-based watchdog Freedom House, published on Wednesday, raises fresh concerns about the state of the media in […]

Romania’s Baia Mare mayor taken in for questioning after alleged bribery sting

April 27, 2016

The mayor of Baia Mare Catalin Chereches was taken in for questioning by the anticorruption prosecutors after he was allegedly caught red handed while taking a bribe in a sting operation organized by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) on Tuesday, April 26. The charges against Chereches include bribery and embezzlement and are related to the […]

Kosovo had the highest level of corruption in 2015

April 26, 2016

Institutions have highlighted today that corruption in Kosovo is widespread. The first to report before the Committee on Legislation, Mandates, Regulation and Supervision was the head of the Anti-Corruption Agency, Hasan Preteni. Preteni highlighted as a big problem the non-declaration of property and false declaration. But, according to him another problem is the public procurement. […]

Most Bulgarians Feel Pessimistic about Convicting Officials of Corruption – Poll

April 26, 2016

A new survey has shown that tolerance to corruption among Bulgarian citizens is very low but only one out of 10 believes it is very likely for an official to be convicted on corruption charges in the country, bTV reported on Monday.     Just 2% of 1,000 respondents polled by Exacta Research Group state […]

Romania: Former Energy minister, SocDem MP Constantin Nita prosecuted for influence peddling

April 26, 2016

Social-Democrat Constantin Nita, MP, a former energy minister in Victor Ponta’s Cabinet, is prosecuted by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) under judicial control on bail for influence peddling. He was at the DNA headquarters on Monday afternoon, where he was informed about the accusations.The prosecutors ordered the judicial control and a 60-day bail starting on […]

Protesting Macedonians Paint Foreign Ministry

April 26, 2016

On the twelfth night of anti-government protests, dubbed the “Colorful Revolution”, thousands of protestors wearing vibrant clothes threw paint balls on the Foreign Ministry building in the Macedonian capital of Skopje. Macedonian Foreign Ministry | Photo by: BIRN The Foreign Ministry building, recently built during the controversial government-funded Skopje 2014 revamp project, is seen as […]