About: corruption

Elections 21-06-2018

Dacian Ciolos: ‘We need to show Romanians that politics is not the mafia’

As Romania prepares to hold the rotating EU presidency at the start of 2019, EURACTIV met with Dacian Cioloș. The former prime minister and agriculture Commissioner has just set up a party in Romania similar to Emmanuel Macron's En Marche, with one eye on the European elections.
Economy & Jobs 16-05-2018

World Economic Forum: Western Balkans’ assets can help it control its destiny

The Western Balkans' very strategic location and entrepreneurial labour force are some of the assets that could help the region take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and take its destiny in its own hands, Martina Larkin of the World Economic Forum told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Europe's East 28-02-2018

Foreign Minister: Moldova wants normal economic relations with Russia

EXCLUSIVE / In a wide-ranging interview, the minister of foreign affairs and European integration of Moldova, Tudor Ulianovschi, talks about his country's relations with the EU and Moscow, the political situation ahead of crucial elections, and the prospects for frozen conflicts in Transnistria as well as other issues.
Central Europe 08-11-2017

Swoboda: ‘Borissov? We have had many strange guys leading governments’

The former long-serving leader of the S&D group in the European Parliament Hannes Swoboda provided insight ahead of the visit to Brussels on Wednesday (8 November) of the Bulgarian government in preparation for the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

EU fundamental rights chief: ‘Without human rights, Europe loses its integrity’

Head of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights Michael O’Flaherty insists that the EU has not given up on Poland and that Brussels is capable of dealing with the problems that currently face it. EURACTIV's partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.
Central Europe 07-02-2017

Political analyst: Romania is undergoing a second ‘democratic’ revolution

The mass demonstrations that have swept Romania since 29 January have kicked off a social insurrection, the likes of which has not been seen since the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, Octavian Milewski told Euractiv Poland.
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.
Energy 10-10-2016

Hungarian MEP: Nuclear energy’s ‘hidden subsidies’ must end

Atomic energy is not competitive in the energy sector and must not be artificially preserved at the expense of renewable alternatives, Benedek Jávor, Green MEP and member of Nuclear Transparency Watch, told EURACTIV Slovakia.
Brexit 29-06-2016

Moldova’s foreign minister: We have been dubbed a ‘last chance government’

The new government has a clear road map of what it has to do, developed together with its EU partners, Andrei Galbur, Deputy Prime-Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 16-06-2016

Chief prosecutor: A wad of dollars is placed on Ukraine’s Themis scale

In a wide-ranging interview, the newly-appointed Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko told EURACTIV of his adventurous life, the shocking corruption cases he has already uncovered, and the daunting tasks ahead.
EU Priorities 2020 31-05-2016

Giegold: ‘Many member states avoid European transparency like the plague’

EXCLUSIVE / Back in 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker prioritised transparency as a crucial point of his Commission's mandate. EURACTIV Germany spoke with Sven Giegold about the future of transparency in the institutions.
Aivaras Abromavicius [Georgi Gotev]

Economy minister: Every single judge in Ukraine is corrupt

First and foremost, Ukraine needs a rule of law, so judicial reforms need to be passed. Everybody knows that every single judge in Ukraine is corrupt, and most of them need to be changed, Aivaras Abromavicius, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 13-11-2014

Romanian anti-corruption chief: Fraud often begins when tenders are written

SPECIAL REPORT: Often those who write the technical specifications of tenders play a key role in the corruption schemes for public procurement, the Chief Prosecutor of the Anti-Corruption Directorate of Romania (DNA) Laura Codru?a Kövesi told EURACTIV Romania.
Economy & Jobs 21-03-2013

Russian politician: Dirty money taints the EU

Russian dirty money is influencing the European Union and corrupting its élite, Vladimir Ryzhkov, co-leader of the opposition Republican Party of Russia – People’s Freedom Party (RPR-PARNAS) told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Development Policy 07-02-2013

Eva Joly: ‘Don’t sacrifice development aid’

EU leaders who meet today (7 February) to work on the 2014-2020 budget are expected to cut spending for development aid up to 13%, says MEP Eva Joly, chairwoman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development. She calls on EU leaders not to sacrifice development aid, which she calls “peace insurance for Europe”. 
Enlargement 13-12-2011

MP: Serbia will pursue efforts despite EU accession setback

The postponing of Serbia's EU candidate status will not deter the country from pursuing further reforms, closer ties with the Union, and a resolution of the Kosovo issue, says Konstantin Samofalov, a Serbian member of Parliament from the leading Democratic Party.
Enlargement 10-11-2011

Anti-Corruption boss: Whistleblowers ‘do not fare well’ in Serbia

Serbia's new Anti-Corruption Agency faces high expectations to reduce both graft among high-level officials and the need for citizens to 'grease the wheels' of the bureaucracy to receive permits and basic public services. In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Serbia, the organisation's director, Zorana Markovi?, presents her plan to make institutions 'corruption-resistant' and warns that the country's existing legislation is insufficient to protect whistleblowers. 
Public Affairs 22-06-2011

MEP: Anti-corruption board needed for Greece, Bulgaria, Romania

The leaders of Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, should swallow their pride and allow external experts to administer EU funding in their countries, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, a German liberal MEP of Greek descent, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 10-03-2011

Serbia Deputy PM: We could solve ‘everyday problems’ with Pristina

Serbia is hoping to be granted the status of EU candidate member at next December's summit of EU leaders, the country's deputy prime minister, Bozidar Djelic, told EURACTIV Germany. He also voiced Belgrade's readiness to seek a difficult compromise with Serbia's former province Kosovo on smaller 'everyday' issues.
Enlargement 28-01-2011

Whistleblower: Public funds are being spent illegally in Serbia

Corruption is plaguing the road construction sector in Serbia and the 'European Corridor 10' project in that country is mired in irregularities, a prominent businesswoman and whistleblower told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 07-05-2010

Expert: In Bosnia every reform fails due to corruption

The EU should not give up on Bosnia and Herzegovina despite its ongoing internal divisions, yet the country must improve its legal system as governmental reforms simply fail as a result of corruption, Jan Havránek, an expert on security issues and a research fellow at the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an interview.
Enlargement 15-04-2010

Berisha: Albanian mafia ‘no longer exists’

Crime levels in Albania are low even by EU standards, as an unprecedented international crackdown on organised crime has taken place in cooperation with Western European countries, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Central Europe 26-03-2010

Opposition leader: Bulgaria heading towards a ‘Polizeistaat’

New Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is instilling an atmosphere of fear among society in governing the country that is reminiscent of Stalinism, his Socialist predecessor, Sergey Stanishev, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 07-01-2010

Ambassador: Romania promotes idea of EU strategy for Roma

The Roma minority issue does not only concern Romania and should be tackled from both a national and a European perspective, Romanian ambassador Laz?r Com?nescu told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.