Indignity, corruption and fear on Balkan migrant route

September 3, 2015

After the cruelty of smugglers, long waits in the sun, short nights in cold camps and interminable train and bus rides, migrants and refugees taking the Balkans route into Europe feel their dignity has been stripped away. “It starts on the (inflatable) boat from Turkey to Greece. Nobody cares if we live or die. And […]

Macedonia opp. MPs end 15-month parliament boycott

September 3, 2015

Macedonia’s opposition socialists on Tuesday returned to parliament after a 15-month boycott following a disputed election that saw the Balkan country plunged into political crisis. The return of the main opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) to the national assembly was part of a Brussels-brokered deal reached in mid-July between the opposition and the […]

Bulgaria parliament doesn’t pass anti-corruption draft bill

September 3, 2015

Bulgaria’s National Assembly did not pass Wednesday the anti-corruption draft bill tabled by Deputy Prime Minister for European Policies Coordination and Institutional Affairs Meglena Kuneva,FOCUS News Agency reported. 78 MPs with mandate-holder Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and its coalitional partner, the Reformist Bloc (RB), voted in favour of the document. 38 lawmakers […]

Romania: senior prosecutor, ex-tax chief detained, suspected of being bribed by businessman

September 2, 2015

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors have detained a prosecutor and a senior tax official on suspicion they took bribes from a businessman to resolve a court case in his favor. Prosecutors said Tuesday that Alina Bica, the former chief prosecutor for the agency investigating organized crime and terrorism, received a bribe of 17,500 euros […]

Albania PM Declares ‘War’ on Fiscal Evasion

September 2, 2015

Under pressure from the IMF over falling fiscal revenues, Prime Minister Rama has pledged to engage 600 teams to fight the widespread evasion of the use of receipts for goods – although many see the threat as empty. Edi Rama speaking to the media about his campaign against fiscal evasion on 31 August 2015. Photo: […]

Serbia Urged to Solve New Attack on Journalist

September 2, 2015

The Association of Journalists, the Anti-corruption Council and the ‘Enough is enough’ movement have demanded that those who recently attacked the investigative journalist Ivan Ninic be brought to justice. The Association of Journalists of Serbia, UNS, the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia, NUNS, the Anti-corruption Council and the political movement “Enough is Enough” have […]

B&H: Money for Health Care in Hands of Fraudsters

September 1, 2015

Esed Radeljaš was head of the agency that allocates money for health care in Sarajevo Canton even though he’d been convicted of fraud and forgery. Today he manages the budget of Bosnia-Podrinje Canton. Ten years ago, Esed Radeljaš was convicted of fraud and forgery, but this has been no obstacle to his taking office and […]

Bosnia Serb Opposition Seeks PM’s Dismissal

August 31, 2015

The opposition bloc in Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity, Republika Srpska, says it has new proof that the entity premier was involved in a bribery scandal and will seek her dismissal. Dragan Cavic, an opposition leader in Republika Srpska, on Friday said the opposition parties will launch an initiative to dismiss Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic, after foreign […]

Romania to propose legalizing bribes for doctors

August 31, 2015

The government prefers not to call them bribes. Romania is moving toward legalizing a widespread practice in many Eastern European countries, where medical staff is underpaid and quality can be dodgy: bribes for better service. The government is expected to introduce criteria by which informal payments patients make to doctors, nurses and other public health […]

Croatia: Unsolved threats and assaults underscore rapid deterioration of media freedom

August 31, 2015

Index’s project Mapping Media Freedom has recorded an alarming increase in media freedom violations in Croatia. Correspondent Ilcho Cvetanoski talks to Sasa Lekovic, the head of the Croatian Journalists’ Association, about the situation.   Over the past few months, death threats, physical assaults and intimidation have plagued the Croatian media. This drastic deterioration of media […]