Kosovo Probes Ruling Party MP Grabovci over Wiretaps

August 29, 2016

The Special Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into ruling party MP Adem Grabovci after leaked wiretaps sparked allegations that he influenced public-sector appointments. The Special Prosecutor’s Office announced on Friday that it was investigating Grabovci, an MP from the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, over suspicions that he “used his official duties and authority […]

Accused Kosovo Politician Azem Syla Released

August 26, 2016

Azem Syla, a Kosovo politician who is under investigation for alleged property scams and money laundering, was released from custody on Thursday evening. Syla, a prominent politician from the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK was released on the decision of an EU rule-of-law mission, EULEX judge on Thursday after the court assessed that there […]

Romania releases first loan tranche to crisis-hit Moldova

August 25, 2016

European Union member Romania said Wednesday (24 August) it has paid the first tranche of a multi-million-euro loan to neighbouring Moldova, in a bid to prevent the ex-Soviet nation from economic collapse and help it maintain a pro-European course. Earlier this year, the Romanian government pledged to lend Moldova 150 million euros to help it push […]

UNODC: Meeting of Intergovernmental Working Groups on Prevention of Corruption and Asset Recovery

August 24, 2016

Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Prevention of Corruption and Intergovernmental Working Group on Asset Recovery gathered on 22 August in Vienna for their intersessional meetings at UNODC. Meetings will be organized by the Secretariat of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative had a pleasure of […]

Romanian Health Official Detained on Suspicion of Bribery

August 24, 2016

Anti-corruption prosecutors have detained a senior Romanian health official on suspicion of paying bribes and influence peddling. A court will rule later Tuesday whether Lazar Iordache, deputy chief of the National Medicine Agency, should be arrested for 30 days. A statement said Iordache promised a health ministry official a cut of budgetary funds for two […]

Bosnian Standoff: Serb Leaders Trade Accusations Amid Corruption Probes

August 23, 2016

The casual, obscenity-laden telephone transcript splashed in Bosnian media at the start of this month appeared to reveal a startling act: One of the country’s most powerful politicians being told that he was protected from major corruption investigations. “Listen, chief, I was with the main guy today,” journalist Mato Djakovic was quoted by news portal […]

Macedonian Special Prosecution Steps Up Probes

August 22, 2016

Macedonia’s Special Prosecution is intensifying its investigations into alleged high-level corruption and electoral fraud, summoning three more politicians to give statements. The Special Prosecution, SJO, which investigates high-level crimes, confirmed that it has summoned ruling VMRO DPMNE legislator Silvana Boneva, opposition Democratic Party of Albanians, DPA head Menduh Thaci and the head of the small […]

Survey: Citizens want more EU action against tax fraud

August 22, 2016

Some 75 per cent of all Europeans believe the EU should do more to fight tax fraud, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament. The survey was conducted among 27,969 people representing all 28 member states and said to be representative of the population as a whole. The fight against tax […]

Fitch cuts Macedonia’s ratings, GDP outlook as political crisis bites

August 22, 2016

Fitch has cut Macedonia’s long-term foreign currency and local currency issuer default ratings (IDR) by one notch to to BB, citing the prolonged political crisis in the country, which underlines shortcomings in standards of governance and affects negatively the economy. . The rating agency slashed its 2016 economic growth forecast for Macedonia to 2.5% from […]

New Albanian Anti-Corruption Law Worries Media

August 19, 2016

Draft legislation to protect special prosecutors from outside influence during investigations has created fears of censorship, but officials have promised to address journalists’ concerns. Journalists’ associations in Albania have expressed concerns that the draft law that will complete the country’s long-awaited judicial reform might limit their right to free speech. The provision in the draft law […]