02 Sep 2011

Anti-Corruption Bill Introduced in Parliament

The controversial Lokpal Bill, which proposes the creation of an Ombudsman Office in India, has been introduced in Parliament today, amid protests from anti-corruption activists and the opposition party BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party). Civil society representatives have expressed their discontent with the bill due to the fact that it excludes several high level authorities from […]
02 Sep 2011

Acc Discusses Fight Against Corruption in Makeni

At a meeting at the Makeni City Hall last Tuesday, the Regional Manager of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) North, Patrick Sandi, attempted to sensitize the public, including city officials, about the anti-corruption efforts implemented in Sierra Leone. He also called attention to corrupt practices that have been reported about the Metropolitan Police and Waste Management […]
02 Sep 2011

House of Representatives Considers Asset Forfeiture Bill

Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has declared that the Nigerian House of Representatives (pictured here) will pass an asset forfeiture bill in the coming month. According to him, the bill intends to prevent money acquired by public officials through corrupt practices to leave the country. Tambuwal also urged developed countries to stop harboring money obtained illegally […]
02 Sep 2011

New Rules for Business Registration Expected to Reduce Corruption

Ukraine has recently passed a series of laws to simplify business registration procedures in the country. The new regulations are expected to curb corruption by state registrars. The new measures include an electronic registration systems for legal entities and entrepreneurs, which was designed to make the registration process more transparency and reduce direct contact between […]
02 Sep 2011

Cameroon Evaluates Implementation of National Strategy to Fight Corruption

Last Friday (August 5th) the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) met to evaluate the Rapid Results Initiative, which represents the initial implementation phase of the National Strategy to Fight Corruption in Cameroon. The Initiative was launched on April 8th, 2011 and first applied in the sectors of Public Health, Public Works and Contracts, Civil Society and […]
02 Sep 2011

Bhushan Highlights the Role of Civil Society in Fighting Corruption

Eminent lawyer Prashanth Bhushan (pictured here) delivered a lecture entitled Role of civil society in the fight against corruption, during an event in honour of late journalist Narendran, and called attention to the need for a constitutional amendment institutionalizing civil society’s participation in anti-corruption policy-making in India. Bhushan referred to the joint drafting committee for […]
15 Aug 2011

Eu Should Take Stronger Stand Against Corruption in Balkans

Lothar Bisky (pictured here), the President of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament, said that the EU should take a firmer stance against corruption and organized crime in the Balkans at the EU-Balkans Strategic Partnership Conference, which was organized by leftist parties in the EU. While attendees also railed against the EU’s neo-liberal economic […]
15 Aug 2011

Romanian President Continues to Push Controversial Constitutional Change

Romania’s President, Traian Basescu (pictured here), said that he would move on pushing a draft of a new constitution that removed the presumed innocence for assets, a method supported by some in the fight against corruption, but which was ruled to be unconstitutional by an advisory ruling by the Romanian Constitutional Court. On June 17th, […]
15 Aug 2011

Global Coalition Launches Call for Transparency in Aid Donations

Earlier this month, a campaign called
15 Aug 2011

Afghan Gov’t Says Banker on Prosecutor’s List

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s chief spokesman, Waheed Omer, told Reuters that Abdul Qadir Fitrat (pictured here) was on the attorney general’s list of people to prosecture after the bank that Mr. Fitrat was the governor of, Kabul Bank, needed to be bailed by the Afghan Central Bank to the tune of $820 million. For his […]
15 Aug 2011

Bjp Leader Lashes out at Congress Gov’t for Corruption

The senior leader of India’s BJP, Ananth Kumar (pictured here), lashed out again at various Indian politicians such as Sonia Gandhi and PM Manmohan Singh for either being patrons of corruption (Singh) or sources of inspiration for corruption (Gandhi). Mr. Kumar alleged that the current government, led by the Congress Party, was turning more autocratic, […]
15 Aug 2011

Polish National Player Sentenced to 1 Year for Match-Fixing

Łukasz Piszczek (pictured here), who currently plays for German League champions Borussia Dortmund, was sentenced to one year in prison, a three-year suspension, a fine of approximately $36,300, and has to pay back the $17,500 that he earned for qualifying for the UEFA Cup for fixing matches in the Polish league. Along with Mr. Piszczek, […]
15 Aug 2011

Kosovar News Program Discusses Crime in Police Force

The Kosovoar television program
15 Aug 2011

Bulgarian Party Claims Governing Party “Bought”” Former Mps”

3 MPs from the Bulgarian nationalist party Ataka (pictured here) denied that they had received funding from ruling center-right party, GERB, in exchange for abandoning their former party. The 3 Bulgarian MPs left the Ataka party in mid-May in protest over Ataka activists and MPs clashing with Muslims who were praying in a Sofia Mosque. […]
15 Aug 2011

Tymoshenko’s Trial Adjounred Until Monday

Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Prime Minister of Ukraine, had her trial adjourned until Monday in order to allow her more time to read the evidence against her. Ms. Tymoshenko is accused of abuse of power during her time in office, which she claims is simply summary justice on the part of her arch-rive Viktor Yannukovych. […]
15 Aug 2011

Bribery on the Rise in the Czech Republic

A recent poll by the polling institute STEM found that 83 percent of Czechs agreed with the view that most civil servants could be bribed, while 93 percent believe that corruption among politicians and civil servants is a problem for the country and 77 believing that this type of corruption was higher in the Czech […]
15 Aug 2011

Indian Activist Meets With Parties over Ombudsman Bill

Indian civil society and anti-corruption activist, Anna Hazare (pictured here), is meeting with the Indian parties in attempt to put more pressure on them in order to pass his preferred version of the Ombudsman bill that is meant to prevent corruption amongst politicians, which the ruling government has criticized as impractical. Mr. Hazare has already […]
15 Aug 2011

Adrian Severin Under Investigation in Romania

Romanian MEP, Adrian Severin (pictured here), no longer has his immunity from the European Parliament (EP) and will face an investigation into claims of corruption in his native Romania. Mr. Severin is accused of accepting 100,000 euros (~$145,000) in order to intervene into a European directive in dealing with bankruptcy. The lifting of immunity came […]
15 Aug 2011

Ukrainian Municipal Forum Underway

The
08 Aug 2011

Oecd Calls for Action in Arab Region Against Corruption

On June 10th, 2011, senior government officials from across the Arab region met with business and civil society leaders in order to discuss how to tackle corruption and bribery more effectively in Rabat Morocco, with the meeting being organized by the OECD. The OECD Deputy Secretary General, Richard Boucher, was quoted as saying that Governments […]
08 Aug 2011

German Mep Calls for Anti-Corruption Board in Greece, Bulgaria, and Romania

08 Aug 2011

Italy Suspects Energy Companies of Corruption in Dealings in Iraq and Kuwait

Italy’s largest energy group, ENI, is being investigated for corruption by an Italian prosecutor. The prosecutor is looking to determine whether or not ENI executives received kickbacks from Italian construction and engineering firms for the awarding of sub-contracts dealing with ENI projects in Iraq and Kuwait. ENI, however, is not the only Italian firm under […]
08 Aug 2011

Oecd Releases Report on Fighting Corruption in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Back in March, the OECD released a report on fighting corruption in Eastern Europe entitled Asset Declarations for Public Officials: A Tool to Prevent Corruption. Here is a link to the
08 Aug 2011

Serbia to Investigate Privatizations in Response to Eu Demands

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic (pictured here) said that looking into the possible illegal privatization of 20 Serbian companies, as demanded by the EU Commission, would prove to be very important in order to continue accession talks to the EU, while others commented that this would be an important test for the Serbia judiciary. Verica […]
08 Aug 2011

Commissioner Füle Confirms Areas That Need Improvement for Fyrom

EU Commissioner Štefan Füle (pictured here) confirmed, after meeting with the FYROM’s PM, Nicola Gruevski, the areas in which the FYROM needs to make improvements in order to continue on the road to EU accession, with public administration and judicary reform, the fight against corruption, and the freedom of the media being included in the […]