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EU Kosovo mission accused of trying to silence whistleblower

August 4, 2015

Maria Bamieh says threat of prosecution by Eulex is attempt to stop her from publishing claims about culture of corruption Maria Bamieh and her lawyer have been formally warned by Eulex that they could be prosecuted and jailed if they disclose details of her case. Photograph: Visar Kryeziu/AP The European Union’s biggest foreign mission has […]

Bulgaria backtracks on camera, video monitoring of traffic cops

August 4, 2015

Bulgaria’s traffic police are again being allowed to issue fines without being subject to video and audio recording, with the backtrack coming just a few months after the anti-corruption measure was introduced. Photo: Klearchos Kapoutsis/flickr.com   The rule requiring video and audio monitoring of traffic police was brought in by Vesselin Vuchkov, who was Interior […]

Kosovo’s Constitutional Court Ex-Chief Charged with Fraud

August 3, 2015

The former head of the constitutional court of Kosovo, Enver Hasani, was charged with falsifying documents for financial gain while he was rector of the University of Pristina. Enver Hasani Kosovo’s Special Prosecution raised an indictment against Hasani on Friday for committing “fraud while holding official duty” while he was rector of the University of Pristina. Hakif Veliu, […]

Moldova: New PM Elected, Vows to Tackle Missing Billion Bank Crisis

August 3, 2015

The Parliament of Moldova has voted in a new pro-European prime minister to tackle financial crisis and corruption in the small ex-Soviet nation. Anti-corruption protests in Moldova Valeriu Strelet, head of the Liberal Democratic Party (PLDP), won the election by a hair’s breadth. A three-party alliance of pro-Europe MPs provided the 52 votes needed to […]

Serbia to Tighten Anti-Corruption Regulation

August 3, 2015

The Serbian government has announced a new law on establishing the origins of people’s property in order to tackle graft, but anti-corruption campaigners said it might not provide spectacular results. Vladimir Goati of Transparency Serbia | Photo by Beta The Serbian government believes that the new law will not only boost the fight against crime […]

Romania: Ancient Transylvanian buildings brutally revamped at cost to EU taxpayers

August 3, 2015

Transylvanian churches, castles and fortresses in central Romania being stripped of original features in €100 million “renovation” plan funded by European taxpayers Maria Radna Franciscan Monastery in Romania Photo: Alamy   The imposing Franciscan monastery of Maria Radna in Romania is nearing the end of a costly makeover that should have restored it to full Baroque […]

Croatia: President Grabar-Kitarović Dismisses Her Whistleblower Commissioner

July 31, 2015

Whistleblower commissioner Vesna Balenović dismissed by the Croatian President. Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović hs dismissed her whistleblower commissioner Vesna Balenović after it was confirmed that Whistleblower Association, in which Balenović serves as the chairwoman, received a donation of 500.000 kuna from INA, Balenović’s former employer, according to a report in Novilist on July 30, 2015. […]

Bulgarian Parliament to Discuss Anticorruption Law at First Reading

July 31, 2015

The Bulgarian Parliament will discuss at first reading the law on preventing corruption among high-level public officials on Friday. Plenary chamber of Bulgaria’s National Assembly. Photo: BGNES The legislation has to guarantee that the fight against corruption will be conducted in a new way and through a new body.The new law is a step foreseen […]

Moldova’s Economy Gutted

July 31, 2015

A banking scandal is set to bankrupt Europe’s poorest country   When Alina, a Moldovan student, had her bank card rejected by a cash machine last week, her first thought was to wonder whether the bank had quietly gone under. Happily, the cause was a fleeting technical glitch—but her reaction was not far-fetched. The country’s […]

Ukraine replaces entire police force to beat corruption

July 30, 2015

Only a few months ago, Kiev residents would normally avoid the police if they could help it. The officer would be of no use on a complaint – or worse, would demand a bribe. Not any longer. These days, Kiev residents approach members of a new police force that has hit the streets – and […]