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Montenegro: Drobnic – Prevention of the corruption is as important as sanctioning the one that has already occurred

July 27, 2015

Establishing the Anti-corruption Agency is one of the most important institutional steps towards improving the rule of law, said the Head of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Mitja Drobnic. At the constitutive meeting of the Agency Council, he stressed several important aspects of ting up of such an agency, the news agency Mina carried. “First, […]

Czech Republic: A wine case full of cash in bohemia and the need for integrity pacts

July 27, 2015

Three years ago Czech politician David Rath was caught red handed with seven million crowns (around 260,000 euros) of stolen cash stuffed in a wine box. After a lengthy trial the former health minister and governor of Central Bohemia was found guilty of taking bribes, manipulating public tenders and harming the financial interests of the […]

EU Kosovo Mission Ex-Prosecutor Alleges ‘Intimidation’

July 27, 2015

A former EU rule-of-law mission in Kosovo prosecutor who made claims of corruption said she has been threatened with criminal prosecution if she speaks publicly about her case against her ex-employers. Maria Bamieh. Photo: Majlinda Hoxha. Former prosecutor Maria Bamieh, who has taken the EULEX rule-of-law mission to a British employment tribunal for alleged unfair […]

True Cost of ‘Skopje 2014’ Revealed

July 27, 2015

From the initially announced price tag of €80 million, the cost of giving the Macedonian capital a new/old look has risen to €560 million, a BIRN investigation shows.   The cost of Skopje’s new look has increased sevenfold from the originally planned sum while the number of monuments and buildings has tripled | Photo by: […]

The Balkans’ new zeal for protecting whistleblowers

July 24, 2015

Balkan countries vying to join the EU have passed, or are in the middle of passing, better whistleblower protection laws than most EU member states have. Ironically, the EU is co-financing this new anti-corruption zeal. It’s impossible to fight corporate corruption if you don’t know it is happening. But whistleblowers never get an easy ride, […]

Kosovo Parliament Demands Probe of EU Law Mission

July 24, 2015

The Kosovo parliament passed a resolution asking for an investigation into alleged corruption inside the EU’s rule-of-law mission in Kosovo, EULEX.   The Kosovo Parliament. Photo: Una Hajdari MPs voted for the resolution on Thursday calling for EULEX’s work to be reviewed and alleged abuses within the mission investigated. “The Kosovo parliament invites the president […]

What Companies Do Right (and Wrong) Fighting Bribery and Fraud in Emerging Markets

July 24, 2015

The enormous growth opportunities in emerging markets for large North American- and European-based companies come with significant risks – running afoul of international anti-bribery and fraud regulations chief among them. An overwhelming majority of firms (83 percent) have suffered major loss-making incidents in emerging markets over the last five years, according to a new FTI […]

USA: Blagojevich Ruling Draws Line on What Is, Isn’t Corruption

July 24, 2015

CHICAGO — Federal judges who tossed several of Rod Blagojevich’s corruption convictions endeavored to answer a question legal observers said Wednesday had gone largely unanswered: Just when does an elected official cross the line between legal and illegal political horse-trading? The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago overturned five out of 18 wide-ranging […]

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Romania detains ex-minister in corruption case involving businessman

July 24, 2015

BUCHAREST, Romania — Police in Romania have detained a former interior minister on charges of illegally receiving 185,000 euros ($203,000) from a businessman.   Gabriel Berca was detained on Thursday in the eastern city of Bacau and anti-corruption prosecutors have called for him to remain in custody. There was no immediate comment from him. In […]

Serbia: Corruption widespread, increased trust of citizens in police – survey

July 24, 2015

BELGRADE – The trust of Serbian citizens in the police increased to 52 percent over the past few years, show the results of a survey carried out by the Regional network of civilian society organisations Pointplus. For the first time, the percentage of people who trust the police is higher than the number of citizens […]