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European Commission Takes Steps on Transparency and Taxation

July 21, 2016

The European Commission has announced next steps in its campaign to boost tax transparency in order to fight tax evasion and avoidance in the EU, taking into account the problems highlighted in the recent media leaks known as the Panama Papers. The commission adopted a proposal to further reinforce EU rules on anti-money laundering to […]

EU Commission to give Ukraine 15 million euros for fighting corruption

July 12, 2016

Ukraine is worried that Brexit will affect its relations with the EU, since the United Kingdom was one of the countries most inclined to a tough attitude towards Russia. EU Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn went to Kiev (Monday and Tuesday) to reassure about EU’s commitment to help Ukraine and to announce that the European Commission plans to allocate […]

Lack of transparency ‘enables corruption’

July 12, 2016

Multi-national corporations colluding with corrupt officials are shielded by a lack of transparency, a new report says. These unscrupulous practices are exacerbating poverty, the document adds. A report by Berlin-based Transparency International released Monday found that three quarters of the 100 fastest-growing companies based in 15 emerging market countries and active in 185 countries scored […]

US urges Western Balkans strengthen their democracies

July 11, 2016

The United States has urged Western Balkan countries to intensify efforts to consolidate their democracies. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland on Sunday started a Balkan tour in Kosovo and will follow with visits to Albania, Macedonia and Serbia. She urged Kosovo to further its dialogue with Serbia and also approve a border demarcation […]

Serbia: Investigation Links Belgrade Venue to Infamous Kazakh Banker

July 8, 2016

An investigation by OCCRP partner the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) has revealed evidence indicating that a Kazakh behind a multi-billion dollar banking scam secretly owned one of Belgrade’s most popular concert venues. Using British court hearings, as well as documents obtained through the OCCRP’s Investigative Dashboard tool, BIRN journalists show links suggesting jailed banker […]

EU must provide legal protection to whistle-blowers, urge MEPs

July 7, 2016

  Whistle-blowers leaking information in the public interest play a crucial role in upholding democracies, and must therefore be better protected from prosecution, reprisals and threats. This was the key message voiced by many MEPs in Wednesday evening’s debate with Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Ivan Korčok from the Slovak Presidency of the Council on […]

EU Commission strengthens transparency rules to tackle terrorism financing, tax avoidance and money laundering

July 6, 2016

The Commission has today adopted a proposal to further reinforce EU rules on anti-money laundering to counter terrorist financing and increase transparency about who really owns companies and trusts. The Juncker Commission has made the fight against tax avoidance, money laundering and terrorism financing one of its priorities. The changes proposed today will tackle new […]

EU prepares first round of sanctions against Macedonia

July 4, 2016

The European Commission has reportedly prepared a first round of sanctions against Macedonia due to the unresolved political crisis in the country. The crisis, which started in 2015 when wiretapped conversations incriminating top politicians were leaked, deepened in April when President Gjorge Ivanov issued a blanket pardon for 56 people, including top politicians. The decision […]

Hungary: Records Show Senior Government Official Concealed Assets

July 4, 2016

For years, Laszlo Taso, a state minister in Hungary, failed to declare some of his properties in his annual wealth declarations and neglected to mention some of the state subsidies he received, OCCRP partner Direkt36 reported. Taso’s case provides more evidence that Hungary’s wealth declaration system is broken. Several other politicians have been caught filing […]

Azerbaijan’s Khadija Ismayilova on Fighting Injustice and Corruption, and How the World Can Help

June 15, 2016

The government of Azerbaijan released investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova from prison on May 25—583 days after she was jailed on trumped-up charges. She remains confined to Baku, the capital, but has resumed her reporting on corruption involving the family of President Ilham Aliyev. She spoke with Freedom House by telephone. Khadija Ismayilova © Aziz Karimov […]

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