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22/01/2017

Court of Auditors unable to say how EU money was spent in Ukraine

Topic: corruption


Romanian president blocks draft corruption law

Romania's president today (18 January) blocked a series of controversial legal changes that would have protected corrupt politicians from prosecution.
Global Europe 18-01-2017

Russian activist: If Putin regains Ukraine, the Baltics are next

Vladimir Putin's strategy is to install pro-Moscow politicians in Ukraine. If Europe consents, his next stop will be the Baltic countries, with NATO incapable of defending them, which will put an end to the organisation, Ilya Yashin told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 17-01-2017

Council of Europe praises Georgia's anti-corruption efforts, demands more

The Council of Europe has called on Georgia to do more to reduce corruption but did acknowledge that it has made considerable progress.

Romania's #2 spy suspended over scandal

The deputy chief of Romania's intelligence service, Florian Coldea, was suspended from his job yesterday (12 January) over alleged links with a fugitive media boss who is embroiled in several criminal cases.

Commission rejects Romania's bid to lift EU justice monitoring

Romania’s justice minister claimed yesterday (12 January) that Bucharest had filled the requirements for the European Commission to lift its monitoring over the country's judicial system this year. But Brussels has refuted the suggestion. EurActiv Romania reports.
Development Policy 12-01-2017

EU aid to Honduras plagued by ‘lack of expertise’ and shortcomings, auditors find

EU aid to Honduras, one of the poorest countries on the planet, was plagued by a lack of management expertise, focus and overlapping support, a damning report from the Court of Auditors found today (12 January).
Enlargement 06-01-2017

Serbian weekly fined for defaming interior minister

Serbian media defended the NIN newspaper after a court ordered the weekly to pay an estimated €2500 in damages to Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic on Wednesday (4 January), for an article about Belgrade's Savamala district. EurActiv Serbia reports.

Polish protest leader deals blow to opposition

The leader of Poland's anti-government protest movement acknowledged on Thursday (5 January) taking money from the organisation, dealing a blow to the parliamentary opposition, but he said the funds were for contract work he had carried out.
Elections 06-01-2017

France scrutinises cash-strapped FN over alleged fraud

French prosecutors are probing the far-right National Front (FN) for suspected fraud linked to payments for aides at the European Parliament, judicial sources said yesterday (5 December), as the party struggles to find all-important funding.
Elections 05-01-2017

Romanian government gets parliament approval, ending crisis

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's social-democrat government won a confidence vote in Romania's parliament by a wide majority yesterday (4 January), ending a year-long political crisis.
Public Affairs 04-01-2017

Does corruption threaten Europe?

Current debate rarely attributes the rise of populism in European politics to the perceived prevalence of corruption. Yet public opinion often shows that citizens believe their representatives to be corrupt, write Laurence Cockcroft and Anne-Christine Wegener.
Elections 03-01-2017

Romania's leftist Social Democrats name ministers in new government

Romania's ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD), winner of an 11 December parliamentary election, named government ministers on Tuesday (3 January), including veteran lawmaker Viorel Stefan for the finance ministry portfolio.
Public Affairs 03-01-2017

Italy's 5 Star Movement unveils new 'ethics' code

Italy's anti-establishment 5 Star Movement said on Monday (2 January) it would not automatically require its politicians to step down if they come under legal investigation, prompting critics to accuse it of hypocrisy.
Enlargement 22-12-2016

EU-aspirant Serbia struggles to dismiss allegations of police corruption

A prominent Serbian NGO claims that the integrity of the country’s police has been weakened by politicisation and weak efforts in the fight against corruption. Interior ministry officials disagree and have highlighted upcoming regulatory improvements. EurActiv Serbia reports.

Europe's East 19-12-2016

Tangible results on the road to reform in Ukraine

In signing four projects with Ukrainian officials in Brussels today, EIB will have fulfilled its €3 billion obligation to Ukraine. Instead of providing general aid, the EIB supports very specific projects, writes Vazil Hudák.

Global Europe 19-12-2016

Tensions mount in DR Congo as end of president's term nears

Security forces patrolled the streets of Kinshasa yesterday (18 December) after the suspension of last-ditch talks seeking a peaceful end to a crisis sparked by the end of Congolese President Joseph Kabila's mandate.
Europe's East 16-12-2016

Ex-Romanian president’s Moldovan citizenship withdrawn

Incoming Moldovan President Igor Dodon is reportedly planning to strip former Romanian President Traian Băsescu of his Moldovan citizenship. EurActiv Romania reports.

Global Europe 13-12-2016

Putin foe Navalny announces 2018 Kremlin bid

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday (13 December) announced he would run for president in 2018 after a court victory allowed the outspoken Kremlin critic to be a candidate.
Enlargement 12-12-2016

Hahn: EU 'will never be complete' without Western Balkan countries

Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn has praised the progress made by the Western Balkans in getting ready for EU membership and said that the bloc will “never be complete” without them.
Elections 09-12-2016

Graft-tainted Romanian left eyes election comeback

Romania's corruption-tainted left is forecast to stage a comeback in elections on Sunday (11 December), a year after public anger over a deadly nightclub fire forced it from office.

Romania’s anti-corruption services are reminiscent of Securitate

SRI, Romania’s domestic intelligence service, is evolving into what many regard as the Securitate Version 2.0, a reference to Nicolae Ceaușescu’s feared security service, writes Nick Kochan.
Elections 08-12-2016

Romanian PM says election promises must not fuel populism

Romanian politicians are making unrealistic pay promises ahead of the 11 December parliamentary election that fuel populism and damage voters' understanding of the need for reform, outgoing technocrat Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș told Reuters on Tuesday.
Development Policy 07-12-2016

Africa has mixed reaction to Germany’s 'Marshall Plan' proposal

Germany’s planned ‘Marshall Plan’ for Africa has been greeted with both optimism and scepticism, with its supporters hailing it as a cure for Africa’s age old development problems and its critics questioning Germany’s true intentions. EurActiv Germany reports.
Europe's East 07-12-2016

Court of Auditors unable to say how EU money was spent in Ukraine

The EU has disbursed billions of euros to Ukraine, largely for budget support, but the European Court of Auditors (ECA) admitted yesterday (6 December) it was unable to say how the money was spent.