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Corrupt European countries costing EU nearly £800bn a year, says study

March 22, 2016

Estimate of total annual loss more than eight times higher than previous calculations. Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia are the most corrupt countries in the EU, according to a new European Parliament study which reveals that corruption throughout Europe is costing almost £800 billion a year. The staggering sum, which equates to 6.3 per cent of overall […]

Tax transparency: Commission welcomes agreement reached by Member States for the automatic exchange of information on country-by-country reports (CbCR) of multinational companies, subject to UK scrutiny

March 9, 2016

The Commission welcomes today’s political agreement by Member States on the automatic exchange of tax-related financial information of multinational companies, known as country-by-country reporting, subject to UK parliamentary scrutiny. The agreement was reached at a meeting of Economic and Financial Affairs ministers in Brussels, less than two months after the European Commission presented its ambitious […]

The refugee crisis: why we need to speak about corruption

March 4, 2016

Over a million migrants and refugees fleeing war, poverty and violence in the Middle East, Asia and Africa crossed into Europe by land, air and sea in 2015, setting off the largest refugee crisis in Europe since WWII. Even higher numbers have poured into neighbouring countries, such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey in the case of people […]

US ICE join Europol to fight against money laundering

February 19, 2016

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Executive Associate Director Peter Edge and Europol Director Rob Wainwright met today in The Hague.   The two officials signed an agreement for US ICE to join Europol’s Focal Point1 Sustrans, which targets organised crime networks involved in money laundering. US ICE Executive Associate Director said: “Simply put, when […]


January 27, 2016

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL CALLS ON PEOPLE EVERYWHERE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST CORRUPTION 2015 showed that people working together can succeed in the battle against corruption. Although corruption is still rife globally, more countries improved their scores in the 2015 edition of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index than declined. Overall, two-thirds of the 168 countries on the […]

Indonesia’s Defense Sector at High Risk of Corruption: Transparency International

January 22, 2016

Jakarta. With little transparency and accountability, the procurement of military equipment in Indonesia is highly prone to corruption, a study from the Berlin-based antigraft watchdog Transparency International has revealed. Indonesia placed in the “high risk of corruption” ranking in the group’s 2015 Government Defense Anti Corruption Index, a slight improvement on the 2013 study which saw […]

Azerbaijan: Anniversary of journalist Khadija Ismayilova’s arrest highlights Azerbaijani regime’s unprecedented repression in 2015

December 8, 2015

On the eve of the anniversary of the arrest of journalist Khadija Ismayilova, members of the Sport for Rights coalition and the Civic Solidarity Platform underscore the unprecedented nature of the repression that has taken place in Azerbaijan in the year that has passed. The groups reiterate their call for the immediate and unconditional release […]

Poland: Constitutional Crisis as New Government Tries to Push Through Reforms

December 7, 2015

Sweeping reforms rapidly introduced by Poland’s new government are threatening to undermine the country’s constitution and democracy, according to recent opinion polls, opposition parties and international observers. The Law and Justice Party, which took power Nov. 16 after a decisive victory in October’s general election, has already forced out the head of the country’s anti-corruption […]

Czech Police Investigate Alleged Corruption in Own Ranks

November 26, 2015

One of the most serious corruption scandals in the Czech Republic’s recent history has seen four senior public officials charged and many more under suspicion as part of Operation Vidkun, an investigation targeting top-tier law enforcement personnel.   The probe, led by the Czech Unit for Combating Organized Crime (ÚOOZ), is on-going. The wheels began to […]

Global anti-corruption conference opens with simple message: To achieve sustainable development, we must end corruption

November 4, 2015

2 November 2015 – “The world counts on you to take bold decisions and act decisively to strengthen the global fight against corruption and bribery,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the world’s largest anti-corruption forum today in an opening message. The Secretary-General’s message was read out by UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, to the more […]

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