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Kosovo: MP Facing Corruption Charges Surrenders to Kosovo Police

April 29, 2016

Azem Syla, an MP from the ruling party in Kosovo, handed himself into the police at the Vermice crossing border on Friday to face corruption charges. Syla while heading to Pristina police station | Photo: BIRN Azem Syla, a prominent legislator of the governing Democratic Party of Kosovo, charged on Wednesday in an investigation into […]

Suicide Threat Jolts Bosnian Canton into Saving Firm

April 29, 2016

After workers at the Tuzla Kvarc company staged a dramatic suicide threat, the cantonal authorities reached a new agreement with the firm that will allow it to restart production. A medical team from Tuzla hospital helps a worker of Tuzla Kvarc after the end of the strike | Photo: Anadolu The dramatic saga of a […]

Albania – Tusk: Focus on the Justice Reform and fight against corruption

April 29, 2016

During a press conference with Albanian President Bujar Nishani, President of the European Council, Donald Tusk said that the Justice Reform is very important for Albania and its European future. He added that the European Union continues to support and will support Albania in the years to come. “The European Union supports the development of […]

Montenegro President Accused of Abusing Pardons

April 29, 2016

Rights organizations have spotted a dramatic spike in the number of pardons issued by Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic every time general elections are scheduled – and some have demanded his resignation. Montenegrin president Filip Vujanovic | Photo: www.predsjednik.me Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic has been accused of abusing his authority and the law on pardons – […]

Romanian Prosecutors Train Sights on Media Moguls

April 29, 2016

Romania’s anti-corruption drive is hitting more and more of the country’s media moguls – a large number of whom are now already in jail or facing major corruption charges. Many media moguls are investigated for corruption charges. Photo: rfi.ro. The detention this week of the owner of Romania’s main media company, Adevarul Holding, Cristian Burci, is […]

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22nd RAI Steering Group Meeting – April 14-15, 2016 – Bucharest, Romania

April 29, 2016

22nd Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) Steering Group Meeting took place in Bucharest, Romania, on April 14-15, 2016. It was organized by RAI Secretariat in cooperation with the National Office for Crime Prevention and Asset Recovery of Romania. The main decisions of the SG were election of Mr. Davor Dubravica as RAI Chairperson, adoption of the […]

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 […]