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Whistleblowers will be protected by EU

February 23, 2017

In sharp contrast to the approach to whistleblowing being proposed in the UK (Whistleblowers ‘face full-frontal legal onslaught’, 13 February), last week the European parliament debated and voted for EU provisions to be drafted to protect whistleblowers, building on a draft law created by the Greens in 2016. While in the UK the Law Commission […]

South East Europe: Poor Results and Faith in Anti-Corruption Efforts

February 23, 2017

If only lower echelons of government are punished for corruption, then the rule of law represents repression and a political witch-hunt according to a coalition of civil society organizations from Southeast Europe. The prosecution of corrupt high-ranking politicians and senior civil servants is the only way to send a strong and clear message that corruption […]

B&H: Indictment issued in Pandora 2 case the accused are charged with financial abuse amounting to BAM 1.7 mil

February 20, 2017

Having conducted an extensive investigation, Prosecutor of the Special Department for Organized Crime, Economic Crime and Corruption issued an Indictment against the following persons: Kemal Čaušević, born in 1966 in Sarajevo 2.    Anes Sadiković, born in 1976 in Prijepolje 3.    Sedinet Karić, aka Sido, born in 1969 in Srebrenik The accused are charged as follows: […]

Bulgarian Government Probe Accuses Ministries of Fraud

February 20, 2017

A probe of suspected legal violations of public procurement procedures by the former government has identified a series of issues within the ministries of defence, regional development and agriculture. Suspected violations by the former coalition government led by Boyko Borissov have been identified at the ministry of defence, the ministry of regional development and its […]

European Parliament MEPs urge legal reform in Albania, rule of law for all in Bosnia and Herzegovina

February 15, 2017

Albania should step up the pace of judicial reform, as a key to starting EU accession negotiations, while Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) needs to overcome its ethnic and political divisions and remain united throughout the EU membership application evaluation process, said Members of the Euriopean Parliament MEPs on Wednesday. Albania Rapporteur Knut Fleckenstein (S&D, DE) said: […]

Bulgaria’s New President Vetoes Law That Would Have ‘Opened a Door to Corruption’

February 14, 2017

Bulgarians have a new president and they’re watching his every step very carefully. As the world fretted about Donald Trump in the United States, Rumen Radev won last November’s election as an independent candidate with the support of the Bulgarian Socialist Party. He officially took office on Jan. 22. One of his first moves, ten days after his inauguration, was to veto […]

Romanian parliament approves anti-corruption referendum

February 14, 2017

Politicians agree to public vote following mass protests and international concern over plans to water down anti-graft legislation. Romania’s parliament has agreed to hold a referendum on fighting official corruption following pressure from public protests. An estimated 70,000 people took to the streets on Sunday for the 13th consecutive night of anti-government demonstrations. Those campaigning […]

RCC at the meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the Western Balkans six in Skopje

February 10, 2017

SKOPJE/SARAJEVO, 9 February 2017 – “It is of paramount importance to ensure further progress and reforms in the region, as they are irreversible processes triggered by the EU accession aspirations. Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is looking forward to continuation of close cooperation with you in making this region prosperous and stable,” said RCC Secretary General […]

Romania justice minister quits over corruption bill protests

February 10, 2017

Romanian Justice Minister Florin Iordache has resigned, after a government decree to reduce penalties for corruption triggered mass protests. But Mr Iordache, who had drawn up the bill, insisted that “all that I’ve done was legal”.   Bowing to pressure, the government last week scrapped the decree that would have shielded many politicians from prosecution […]

“Personal data protection” in Moldova: Court cases not searchable by the names of the parties anymore

February 7, 2017

On February 6th, the Justice Ministry of Moldova issued a statement on the disclosure of names of the trial parties in the online platform for court cases, instante.justice.md. Indicating that several citizens objected to the violations of their privacy rights after the publishing of their names in the online monitor of the cases, the Ministry […]