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Transparency International: Corruption Perceptions Index 2018

January 29, 2019

The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score […]

Two Bulgarian Football Players Charged with Match-fixing

January 28, 2019

Bulgarian prosecutors have charged two second division players with match-fixing as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in Bulgarian football, the domestic football association (BFU) said, reports Channel News Asia. The BFU said prosecutors had charged players Lubomir Vitanov and Ivan Topuzov from Bulgarian club Bansko with establishing a criminal organisation, aiming to commit […]

Croatia: Former Croatian minister Kalmeta appears in court to dismiss corruption charges

January 25, 2019

Former Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) government minister Bozidar Kalmeta on Wednesday appeared in court to reject the indictment accusing him of siphoning money from road companies and defrauding the transport ministry by commissioning a promotional film during his time in office. Anti-corruption police Uskok contends that Kalmeta, who served as transport minister from 2003 to […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina Appoints First Female Chief State Prosecutor

January 24, 2019

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council has elected Gordana Tadic as the new chief state prosecutor, making her the first woman in the country’s history to hold the position. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s judicial overseer, the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council, HJPC, elected Gordana Tadic on Wednesday as the new chief state prosecutor for […]

Moldova: Journalists Under Unprecedented Fire Before Election

January 24, 2019

Journalists in Moldova have exposed corruption, fraud and embezzlement by politicians, and they are increasingly coming under attack because of it. With Moldovan politicians locked in a ‘total war’ for parliament in an election next month, journalists have become increasingly exposed to pressure, threat and verbal and physical abuse on a scale not seen since […]

EC Warned Bulgaria About the Sale of Citizenship

January 22, 2019

The European Commission will warn that programs in some EU countries that allow rich foreigners to buy citizenship or residence can help organized crime groups from outside the EU to penetrate the bloc and increase the risk of money laundering, corruption and tax evasion, Reuters reported. The warning is contained in a draft report, seen […]

Romanian justice minister’s decree pushes back timeline to fight graft verdicts

January 21, 2019

Romania’s justice minister has drafted an emergency decree that allows politicians and others convicted of graft since 2014 in one of the European Union’s most corrupt countries to challenge the verdicts handed down by the supreme court. The measure would benefit several high-level politicians, including Liviu Dragnea, the leader of the ruling Social Democrat Party, […]

Parliament seeks financial punishment for countries breaching rule of law

January 18, 2019

European Union countries that undermine the bloc’s democratic principles could lose EU funds, under a draft law backed by the European Parliament on Thursday (17 January). The bill is seen as a new tool to fight threats to the independence of the courts and corruption in countries like Poland, Hungary and Romania. MEPs adopted the rules by 397 […]

Moldova: ECHR rules in favour of Moldovan anti-corruption activist

January 17, 2019

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that a Moldovan activist’s conviction for using sculptures of genitals to protest against corruption was “manifestly disproportionate.” The case concerned Anatol Mătăsaru’s conviction for demonstrating in front of the Moldovan prosecutor general’s office with obscene sculptures in 2013. His sculptures likening public officials to genitals were intended […]

Romania’s EU Presidency Overshadowed by Corruption Cases

January 14, 2019

Romania took control of the Council of the EU’s rotating presidency on January 1 and will be responsible for ensuring the continuity of the EU’s work until June, reported DW. The former Communist country only joined the EU in January 2007 and has been at odds with Brussels regarding the rule of law, separation of powers and corruption. […]

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