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  • Bomb rocks Sofia while Barroso visits

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 14-10-2011

    The car of an eminent Bulgarian journalist exploded yesterday (13 October) evening in a criminal act that coincided with the visit of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, who arrived in Sofia to offer his support to Prime Minister Boyko Borissov ahead of a Presidential election later this month.

  • Bulgarian PM faces no-confidence vote after Schengen setback

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 14-07-2011

    The two largest opposition parties in Bulgaria filed a no-confidence motion against the minority centre-right government yesterday (13 July), slamming the prime minister for failing to join the EU's Schengen passport-free zone and for what they described as a law enforcement fiasco. Dnevnik, EURACTIV's partner in Bulgaria, reports.

  • Every third eavesdropping in Bulgaria illegal

    News | Enlargement 21-01-2011

    One in every three incidents of eavesdropping in Bulgaria are carried out without the authorisation of a judge, reports Dnevnik, EURACTIV's partner in Sofia. A few days ago, the European Commission requested information from the Bulgarian authorities to ascertain the legality of massive eavesdropping in the country.

  • Romania fumes at Franco-German Schengen blockade

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 22-12-2010

    Romanian President Traian Basescu lashed out at a decision by France and Germany yesterday (21 December) to postpone his country’s accession to the EU's border-free Schengen area, describing it as an act of "discrimination". The EURACTIV network reports from Bucharest and Sofia.

  • Report: West tolerated Kosovo mafia

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 16-12-2010

    A Council of Europe draft report alleging that Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi is a Mafia-style boss spells out a truth that diplomats privately acknowledge: the West in Kosovo has favoured stability over justice.

  • Perception of corruption in Western Balkans ‘increasing’

    News | Enlargement 11-06-2010

    Corruption weighs heavily on peoples' minds in the Western Balkans and the general perception in the region is that it is increasing in both the public and private sectors, observed speakers at an event hosted by Gallup House yesterday (10 May).

  • Kosovo government hit by corruption scandal

    News | Enlargement 12-05-2010

    The coalition government in Kosovo may fall as a result of a corruption scandal involving Transport Minister Fatmir Limaj, the press in the region reported yesterday (11 May). Limaj is investigated following raids carried out by EULEX, the EU rule of law mission in the former Serbian province.

  • Berisha: Albanian mafia ‘no longer exists’

    Interview | Enlargement 15-04-2010

    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.

  • Albanian PM pleads case for EU accession in Brussels

    News | Enlargement 15-04-2010

    Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha told EURACTIV in an interview that his country was now one of the safest in Europe following a crackdown on organised crime, and economic growth had remained steady despite the global crisis. 

  • EU struggles to stop exodus from impoverished Balkans

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 12-03-2010

    Belgium and Sweden are swiftly returning ethnic Albanian and Roma asylum seekers to their countries of origin, hoping to avert an influx triggered by the recent removal of the visa requirement for Serbian and Macedonian nationals.

  • Zafar: Banks need to outsmart criminals

    Interview | Euro & Finance 28-01-2010

    As banking migrates to the Internet, so too does payment fraud. Banks will have to be one step ahead of organised criminals to protect online payments, argues security expert Samee Zafar. EURACTIV spoke to the banking security expert, who has been advising banks in the City of London on the EU's Payments Services Directive (PSD), which is expected to boost online payments.

  • Bulgaria plays regional card ahead of EU test

    News | Justice & Home Affairs 29-01-2009

    Just days before the European Commission presents a report on Bulgaria's progress in overcoming justice and home affairs shortcomings, the country's interior minister yesterday (28 January) presented his services' achievements and ambitions for the wider regional context.