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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 […]

Romania: GSK faces new corruption allegations, this time in Romania

July 30, 2015

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, which was fined a record 3 billion yuan ($483 million) for corruption in China last year and is examining possible staff misconduct elsewhere, faces new allegations of bribery in Romania. GSK confirmed it was looking into the latest claims of improper payments set out in a whistleblower’s email sent to its top management […]

Balkan Countries See Police as Corrupt, Report Says

July 30, 2015

Only around 5 per cent of people in the Western Balkans see the police as an uncorrupt force, research by five civil sector organizations shows. Bojan Elek and Sasa Djordjevic, BCBP researchers | Photo by Beta New research carried out by POINTPULSE, a civil organization network, shows that more than 90 per cent of people […]

Albania Charges Former Central Bank Governor

July 30, 2015

A year after a major bank theft was discovered, former governor Ardian Fullani was charged with abuse of office by prosecutors who allege that he bears some responsibility for the crime. Albania’s former central bank chief Fullani behind bars | Photo by LSA. Prosecutors in Albania on Tuesday said they had charged former central bank […]

Serbian Whistleblower Law Faces First Serious Test

July 29, 2015

Watchdog organisation Transparency Serbia told BIRN that the Nenadic case will be a good test of the effectiveness of the recently-adopted legislation protecting whisteblowers. “This case will show how effective the new law is, because we haven’t had such a case since the enactment of the law,” said Bojana Medenica from Transparency Serbia. Nenadic, a […]

TI: BiH municipalities must adopt plans for the fight against corruption

July 29, 2015

Evaluation of local integrity system proved that BiH municipalities lack key mechanisms for the prevention of corruption, and that the liability of local assemblies, governments and political parties is at very low level. Transparency International Bosnia and Herzegovina (TI BiH) held the presentation of the study entitled Local integrity system assessment (LIS assessment) which has […]

Romanian officials raid homes in medicines corruption probe

July 29, 2015

Romanian prosecutors have searched dozens of home and offices looking for evidence that drug companies offered doctors vacations and other incentives in exchange for prescribing cancer drugs. A statement from the anti-corruption agency Tuesday (July 28) said that 61 homes and offices were searched in Bucharest and in the northwest Transylvania region. The agency’s chief […]