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Croatia Court Drops Indictment Against Bandic

July 20, 2015

Zagreb County Court on Friday threw out an indictment filed against Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic and his colleagues for corrupt activities, citing lack of evidence.   Zagreb County Court on Friday threw out an indictment filed by the Croatian Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organized Crime, USKOK, against Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic. Bandic, alongside […]

Serbian NGOs Attack Political Hires in Public Sector

July 20, 2015

A coalition of NGOs in Serbia have come together to launch an attack on croneyism and political hires in the public sector in Serbia, which they describe as endemic.     The Center for Democracy, the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights and the Initiative for Local Development in Kraljevo have launched a joint campaign, “Stop […]

EU Commission Assesses Bulgarian Efforts on Judicial Reform as Satisfactory

July 16, 2015

Bulgarian Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov revealed on Wednesday that the European Commission (EC) had assessed the efforts of the Bulgarian government on the judicial reform as satisfactory. The Commission noted that the adoption of the constitutional amendments and the parliamentary support for the proposed changes will be a sign whether there is a political will […]

Whistleblowing – Bosnia’s New Hope?

July 15, 2015

Bosnia’s new law on whistleblower protection is one of the best in Europe. It promise a solution to endemic corruption and distrust of public authorities. Yet for citizens, there remains a fine line between seeing whistleblowers as heroes or as snitches. This view is slowly changing. In a country with perhaps one of the most […]

Romania PM Victor Ponta indicted with corruption

July 15, 2015

Romanian prosecutors indicted Prime Minister Victor Ponta on July 13 as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation and seized his assets, increasing pressure on him to resign. Prosecutors said Ponta has been indicted on charges including tax evasion, money laundering, conflict of interest and making false statements while he was working as a lawyer in […]

Italy to assist Serbia in fighting corruption

July 13, 2015

The European Commission (EC) selected an Italian-Spanish consortium led by the Italian National Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC) to conduct a joint project aimed at strengthening corruption prevention and control mechanisms in Serbia, the Italian Embassy in Belgrade said in a release on July 10. Besides ANAC, the consortium includes the Italian Ministry of Justice and the […]

Romanian PM steps down as party leader over corruption probe

July 13, 2015

Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta said on July 12 that he was stepping down as leader of the Social-Democrat party, the majority partner in the government coalition, because of an ongoing investigation pursued by the country’s anti-corruption prosecution office DNA. In a letter to senior party members, which he posted on his Facebook page, Ponta […]

Romanian prosecutors seize Lukoil assets in probe

July 9, 2015

Romanian prosecutors seized assets of Russian oil firm Lukoil worth up to 2 billion euros ($2.22 billion) in an investigation on suspicion of money laundering, a local court was quoted as saying on Jul. 08 by state agency Agerpres. In October of last year Romanian prosecutors, police and customs inspectors raided the offices of Lukoil […]

Eight foreign citizens were caught in Moldova in a case of money laundering

July 9, 2015

Eight foreign citizens were caught by the prosecutors and officers of the National Anticorruption Center in a case of money laundering. Three of them are from France, two from Mexico, one from the Dominican Republic, one from Canada, one from the US and one from Gabon. They are accused of coming to Moldova in order […]

Serbia: Council of Europe says tools for preventing corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors must be improved

July 8, 2015

Serbia has come a long way in creating a regulatory and institutional framework for fighting corruption, concludes a report published today by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). However, much remains to be done for the system to work properly and to close the noticeable gap between the law and practice. […]

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