European Parliament adopts resolution calling for more rule of law reforms in Serbia

November 2018
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European Parliament adopts resolution calling for more rule of law reforms in Serbia. MEPs have adopted a resolution in Brussels welcoming Serbia’s progress in making economic reforms, but urging the Serbian authorities to step up their efforts to improve the rule of law in the country. The resolution called on Belgrade to “intensify the fight against corruption and organised crime, and continue to reform the country’s public administration to make it more politically neutral.”


Ministry of Interior: 38 people arrested in action to combat corruption

November 2018
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Ministry of Interior: 38 people arrested in action to combat corruption. With an aim to combat financial crime and corruption, the police arrested 38 people in several separate actions in the past few days, while 21 others were charged with criminal charges, the Ministry said. The actions were conducted in cooperation with the Tax Police and the competent Public Prosecutor's Offices. They are suspected that in the period from 2016 until today they have committed crimes that damaged the budget of the Republic of Serbia, legal entities and individuals in the total amount of 1.550.000 Euros.


Survey: Citizens trust the police but also think it is corrupted

November 2018
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Survey: Citizens trust the police but also think it is corrupted. Majority of the citizens think that the police’s work in Serbia is politicized. These are the results of a survey commissioned by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCBP). Six out of ten citizens trust the police (61%), which positions this Serbian institution at the world average: between 60 and 90 per cent. At the same time, seven out of ten citizens believe that police officers are corrupt (69%), while three quarters are convinced that their interests are subordinated to those of politics (72%).


Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering to benefit from a new project

November 2018
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Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering to benefit from a new project. Оn 13 November 2018, IPA 2015 Project Enhancing the quality and efficiency of Suspicious Transactions Reporting and Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering Core Functions was officially launched and with a budget of €1.4 million for 2 years. It will also address the remaining MONEYVAL recommended actions as well as activities from the FATF Action Plan.


GRECO: Serbia did not progress much in fighting corruption

October 2018
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GRECO: Serbia did not progress much in fighting corruption. Marin Mrcela, President of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) of the Council of Europe said that Serbia will be probably given an extended deadline to fulfil GRECO’s recommendations from 2015. It was assessed in May this year that Serbia had regressed in fighting corruption, and has only partially implemented six out of 13 recommendations.


CIA Factbook: Serbia is land of cheap labour, inefficient judiciary and prevailing corruption

October 2018
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CIA Factbook: Serbia is land of cheap labour, inefficient judiciary and prevailing corruption. In its latest issue of the World Factbook, the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) speaks of Serbia as the country of cheap labour, inefficient judiciary and prevailing corruption, but also the country of economic reforms with a good strategic position. The report also mentions that Serbia is a “transhipment point” for Southwest Asian heroin moving to Western Europe through the Balkan route, while the country’s economy is “vulnerable to money laundering.”


Serbia remains on FATF list as a high risk country for money laundering and corruption

October 2018
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Serbia remains on FATF list as a high risk country for money laundering and corruption. Serbia is still among the countries that have strategic deficiencies in combatting money laundering and terrorist financing (AML/CFT) as stated by the FATF as part of its ongoing review of compliance with AML/CFT standards. Specifically, the progress report states that the deterrence mechanisms against money laundering and the financing of terrorist organizations are not functioning properly because, on the one hand, the work of law firms is not properly supervised, while on the other, the relevant state institutions do not have complete and updated information on companies’ ownership.


New report criticises Serbia’s slow pace of reform

October 2018
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New report criticises Serbia’s slow pace of reform. “prEUgovor”, a coalition of Serbian NGOs which evaluates the country’s progress under the 23rd and 24th chapters of EU accession programme, has criticised the stagnation of legal reform in its latest report. The fight against corruption comes in for particular attention, with the report highlighting the practice of parliament adopting draft laws without public debate. The report further adds that the implementation of the 2013-18 Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan has still not been fully carried out.


EU on shortcomings in Serbia's anti-corruption effort

September 2018
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EU on shortcomings in Serbia's anti-corruption effort. The Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Ambassador Sem Fabrizi, says reports by organisations such as CoE’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) indicate the shortcomings of Serbia in the fight against corruption. He pointed out that the shortcomings especially exist when it comes to high level corruption. Fabrizi called on Serbia to show how relevant the cases are, for which verdicts have been passed, that can be seen in confiscation of property from corruptive acts.


EP about Serbia: failures in judicial reform and in the fight against corruption and organized crime

September 2018
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EP about Serbia: failures in judicial reform and in the fight against corruption and organized crime. The Foreign Policy Committee of the European Parliament (EP) will officially consider the draft resolution on the European Commission’s 2018 report on Serbia. When it comes to fighting against corruption, the EP believes that Serbia needs “to pass a new law on the Anti-Corruption Agency as soon as possible” and that “it is essential that this agency has human and financial resources necessary to perform its tasks in an independent manner”.