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European Parliament Calls for Targeted Sanctions Against Azerbaijan

September 11, 2015

The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution calling on targeted sanctions against Azerbaijani authorities, demanding an immediate end to the crackdown on civil society and human rights activists. The resolution asks the European Council to consider targeted sanctions and visa bans against Azerbaijani politicians, judges and officials involved in political persecutions. It also asks […]

Swiss MPs pass ‘Lex Fifa’ anti-corruption law

September 11, 2015

Swiss parliamentarians have voted to tighten up private corruption laws that would affect Swiss-based sports federations like FIFA as well as businesses. On Thursday, the Senate followed the House of Representatives by agreeing to make it an automatic criminal offence for anyone to give or accept bribes. At present, Swiss courts only take on private […]

Rome: Eternal corruption in the Eternal City?

September 10, 2015

In July, The New York Times and Le Monde published articles about Rome, pointing out the degradation of the city, the inefficiency of public transport and the lawless behavior of some of its residents before the Roman Catholic Church’s forthcoming Jubilee of Mercy, which is expected to attract millions of tourists and pilgrims beginning in […]

Slovakia: did you finish your homework? Period for employers to comply with new whistleblowing Act ended on 30 June 2015

September 8, 2015

On 16 October 2014, the National Council of the Slovak Republic adopted Act No. 307/2014 Coll. on Certain Measures Related to Reporting of Anti-social Activities and on Amendment and Supplements to Certain Acts (“Act”), which is considered as the first comprehensive regulation of whistleblowing in Slovakia. The Act came into force on 1 January 2015. […]

More than half the entries on the Brussels Lobby Register are inaccurate, incomplete or meaningless.

September 8, 2015

Over half the entries for lobby organisations on the EU Transparency Register contain factual errors or implausible numbers according to new analysis published today by Transparency International. TI has therefore filed 4,253 official complaints with the Secretariat of the Transparency Register. The register is designed to keep undue influence by lobbyists at bay and provide […]

Azerbaijan: Khadija Ismayilova Sentenced to 7.5 Years in Prison

September 7, 2015

Khadija Ismayilova, known for her investigative reporting on corruption in Azerbaijan, was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison today by Azerbaijani authorities. By: The Center for Investigative Reporting Award-winning Azeri reporter Khadija Ismayilova was sentenced today to 7.5 years in prison for embezzlement, tax evasion, abuse of power and running an illegal business. Ismayilova, a […]

New Ethical Approach to Combat Widespread Corruption in Education

September 7, 2015

Widespread corruption is not confined to politics and big business; it exists in education, even in Europe’s mature democracies, touching every level of education in every European state. Numerous high-profile allegations of plagiarism in Germany, professors at a Greek university imprisoned for embezzling 8 million euros, a study showing dormitory managers in Romania being bribed […]

Denmark reveals €800m tax fraud – the country’s biggest

August 27, 2015

Denmark’s tax authority said on Wednesday that it had alerted police after foreign companies appeared to have drained more than 800m euros from the system in what would be the country’s biggest tax fraud. “Over the summer we became suspicious after receiving information from a foreign authority,” said Jesper Ronnow Simonsen, head of the Skat […]

UK: Half of whistleblowers ‘dismissed or forced to resign’

August 14, 2015

Research shows people who raise concerns at work are commonly victimised. Eighty per cent of ‘whistleblowers’ suffer reprisals at work, with 50 per cent saying they were either forced to resign or dismissed following their claims, according to research from the charity Public Concern at Work (PCAW). The survey of more than 2,000 working adults, […]

The 10 Most Corrupt Countries in the World

August 12, 2015

Corruption and economic turmoil often go hand-in-hand. In western nations like the United States and many European countries, we often see corruption come to light as the result of whistleblowers or journalistic efforts. But in many other areas of the world, however, corruption plays a major role in fostering staggering poverty and broken economic systems […]

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