Balkan Organized Crime Sets up in Prague

November 24, 2015

Prague, the post-card perfect capital city of the Czech Republic, has long been hugely popular with tourists. But it’s also very popular with other, less desirable visitors: Balkan organized crime groups.     Reporters for KRIK, working with the Czech Center for Investigative Reporting, discovered that dozens of companies established in the Czech capitol are […]

Assault on Serbian Corruption Official ‘a Warning’

November 24, 2015

A senior Anti-Corruption Council member claims she was violently attacked because of her critical reports on government agencies. Miroslava Milenovic,  Anti-Corruption Council member | Photo: Media center A senior member of the Serbian government’s Anti-Corruption Council who was violently assaulted in front of her home on Saturday has claimed the attack is directly connected to […]

Macedonia: Mystery Prosecutor, Big Job

November 23, 2015

In a survey published Thursday, Nov. 19, 33 percent of respondents believed that the new special prosecutor appointed to investigate allegations against the Macedonia’s political elite will be able to do her job independently and without obstruction – while 28 percent said she won’t. New special prosecutor Katica Janeva (pictured) is a woman whose task […]

What Can Moldova’s Crisis Teach The EU?

November 23, 2015

The European Union faces tough challenges fostering its values farther east, where oligarchs who rule or wield enormous policy influence might not share Brussels’ views on corruption and rule of law. Moldova, a former standout among the six members of the EU’s Eastern Partnership program, provides a telling example. The country has been rocked by […]

Macedonia Rapped for High-Level Political Corruption and Restricted Press

November 16, 2015

Macedonia’s EU accession process is at critical stage after “one of the worst political crises since 2001”, the Progress Report for 2015 prepared by the European Commission says.   In the light of this year’s wiretapping scandal as well as fragile ethnic relations, widespread corruption and a compromised justice system, the Commission recommends that to […]

Romania’s President Loses Fraudulently Acquired Property

November 16, 2015

A Romanian court has ruled against an appeal by President Klaus Iohannis, who fought to stop a building from being seized from him during a number of trials lasting more than a decade.     According to a series of stories by the RISE Project in Romania, the family of Iohannis fraudulently inherited two buildings by providing […]

Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection 1st Meeting – November 9-10, 2015 – Belgrade, Serbia

November 13, 2015

A report by the Regional Anti-corruption Initiative and Blueprint for Free Speech shows that Southeast Europe is among most active regions in the world in developing, passing and implementing whistleblower protection laws. Leadership by governments and NGOs has been the key to these advancements, together with growing public support and guidance from regional and international […]

Corruption, Justice Top Agenda in Commission Report

November 12, 2015

The courts, corruption and organized crime remain the EU’s main concerns in the Western Balkans, the Commission’s latest progress report shows. The European Commission released on Tuesday its long-awaited progress report for the Countries of the Western Balkans. While stressing that progress has been made in the past year, key reforms still need to adopted concerning […]

B&H: Police Commissionaire got 11 Years

November 12, 2015

The Court of BiH handed down a final and binding sentence to a former police commissioner of Una Sana Canton for corruption and drug trade. The Appeal Panel of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) sentenced to 11 years in prison Ramo Brkić, a former police commissioner of Una Sana Canton (USK), while Senad […]

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Romania: PM Victor Ponta resigns

November 4, 2015

Romania’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta has resigned. Pressure has been piling on Ponta for the last month. In October 2015, he lost the Social Democratic Party (PSD) leadership to Liviu Dragnea amid a tax fraud scandal and became the country’s first sitting premier to stand trial for corruption. The final straw appears to have been […]