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Corruption: Romania takes EU Presidency, prioritises cyber security and EU prosecution office

Romania will hold the six-month rotating Presidency of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2019. Among its goals, it seeks to address emerging security issues, terrorism and to support increased cohesion among EU member states. This is the first mandate for Romania, which is known for high-levels… Read More

Uganda diverted weapons to South Sudan despite arms embargo

AP — A key broker of the latest deal to end South Sudan’s civil war diverted European weapons to South Sudan’s military despite an EU arms embargo, a new report says. It also asks how a U.S. military jet ended up deployed in South Sudan… Read More

One of ‘Europe’s most wanted’ arrested in the UK

A man regarded as one of Europe’s most wanted criminals has been arrested following an operation by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA). The suspect, who is considered to be the head of a major Romanian organised crime network, was wanted for money laundering, human trafficking, conspiracy to murder… Read More
10th July 2018
Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis sacked chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi on Monday to honor a constitutional court ruling which Kovesi said may leave prosecutors exposed to political interference. Kovesi has led the DNA anti-corruption agency since 2013 and, under her management, conviction rates have risen sharply in one of… Read More
29th June 2018
A criminal network that set up a scheme to dodge paying tax in European countries and send the cash back to China instead has been dismantled by authorities, according to Europol. The Chinese gang is understood to have fraudulently imported goods to the EU from China and made EUR 40… Read More
19th June 2018
Romania’s lower house of parliament on Monday night approved amendments to the country’s criminal procedure, which critics and the centrist opposition say would weaken prosecutors’ powers to probe high level corruption. The new penal handbook designed by the ruling Social Democrats was endorsed in a 175/78 vote by legislators in… Read More
11th June 2018
AP — More than 100,000 supporters of the Romanian government assembled in the capital dressed in white Saturday to protest alleged abuses committed by anti-corruption prosecutors. The ruling Social Democratic Party thinks the prosecutors have too much power and allege they have tapped phones illegally and unjustly… Read More
31st May 2018
Romania’s president must dismiss the chief anti-corruption prosecutor to resolve an institutional conflict with the government, the Constitutional Court said on Wednesday, in a ruling that leaves prosecutors vulnerable to political interference. An estimated 2,000 people gathered outside government headquarters after the decision, chanting “Dictators” and “Rats.” The ruling, approved… Read More
2nd April 2018
Police have arrested members of a criminal gang who stole details of customers at two major banks through phishing scams, netting almost EUR 1 million. The group is also suspected of money laundering, drug and human trafficking. The arrests of the 20 individuals was conducted by law enforcement agencies in… Read More
28th December 2017
Romania’s ruling Social Democrats have filed a slew of new changes to the criminal code that would decriminalise several graft offences, including some abuse of office crimes, their second attempt this year to weaken a crackdown on corruption. Transparency International ranks Romania as one of the European Union’s most corrupt… Read More
2nd August 2017
Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) decided on Monday (July 31) to indict Serghei Bulgac, the CEO of Digi Communications, one of the biggest telecom groups in Romania. This means that the prosecutors have finalized their investigation and will send Bulgac to court on money laundering charges. DNA officially informed Serghei… Read More
11th May 2017
The World Bank announced the debarment of two China construction companies and a medical equipment supplier in Romania. Zhengtai Group Co. Ltd. and 20 affiliates were debarred for 15 months. Read More
7th March 2017
A lawmaker from Romania's ruling Social Democrats proposed extending a draft bill granting prison pardons to include corruption offences, weeks after protests forced the government to abandon plans to decriminalize some graft charges. Read More