Whistleblowers needed

June 2018
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Whistleblowers needed. President Aleksandar Vucic said that Serbia needs more whistleblowers, and expressed hope that Serbia would change its attitude towards them, because that is of utmost importance for the country's progress. The Law on the Protection of Whistleblowers applies from 5 June 2015, and before its entry into force, about 1,200 judges and more than 300 judicial assistants were included in the compulsory training programme.


Criminal group arrested for money laundering

June 2018
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Criminal group arrested for money laundering. The police arrested 15 persons on suspicion of having committed several criminal offenses, including the abuse of power, tax evasion and money laundering, thus obtaining assets worth at least 30.5 million dinars, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced.


Serbia adopts the Law on Ultimate Beneficial Owners Central Registry

June 2018
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Serbia adopts the Law on Ultimate Beneficial Owners Central Registry. n 25 May, the Serbian Parliament adopted the Law on Ultimate Beneficial Owners Central Registry and it entered into force on 8 June 2018.


Serbian Journalist Found, Details On Disappearance Elusive

June 2018
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Serbian Journalist Found, Details On Disappearance Elusive. Serbian investigative journalist Stefan Cvetkovic, who was reported missing on June 13 and was found two days later, said he will request an international investigation into what he claims was his abduction. Police, however, say his claims are false.


Commissioner for Information of Public Importance Says BIA Deterring Him from Investigating Politicians

May 2018
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Commissioner for Information of Public Importance Says BIA Deterring Him from Investigating Politicians. Information on criminal procedures labelled “strictly confidential” including investigations opened against top government officials, have been placed out of reach of the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance, Rodoljub Sabic, by decision of the Security and Information Agency (BIA). For undisclosed reasons, BIA procrastinates security verification of long-term commissioner Sabic, which is why he still cannot obtain a security clearance to access this information.


Serbia Makes Former Belgrade Mayor New Finance Minister

May 2018
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Serbia Makes Former Belgrade Mayor New Finance Minister. Former Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali will take over as Serbian Finance Minister after he was voted into office by the MPs of the ruling parties. Mali has been involved in numerous controversies, having been accused of concealing his ownership of apartments on the Bulgarian coast, of plagiarising his PhD thesis, and of manhandling a journalist – as well as of involvement in the controversial demolitions work in Belgrade's Savamala area.


Government sets up a coordination body to deal with GRECO recommendations

May 2018
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Government sets up a coordination body to deal with GRECO recommendations. The Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that the body was set up in response to GRECO’s decision to launch a procedure against Serbia for failing to implement its recommendations on the fight against corruption among MPs, judges and prosecutors. While attending the first meeting of the Coordination Body, the Prime Minister pointed out that the work of this body is extremely important because the fight against corruption is among government’s priorities. The Coordination Body is comprised of representatives of the Anti-Corruption Agency, the National Assembly, the High Judicial Council, the State Prosecutors Council, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Council of Europe non-compliance procedure against Serbia

May 2018
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Council of Europe non-compliance procedure against Serbia. The Council of Europe has initiated proceedings against Serbia and eight other countries. The reason is their "overall unsatisfactory" implementation of recommendations for preventing corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors. The recommendations were made by the Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe (GRECO), whose annual report was published warning that there has been "a reversal of progress in the fight against corruption."


Serbia has not implemented any of the recommendations on preventing corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors

March 2018
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Serbia has not implemented any of the recommendations on preventing corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors. Serbia has not implemented in a satisfactory manner any of the thirteen recommendations provided by the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO to the country in July 2015. GRECO concludes that the overall very low level of compliance with the recommendations is "globally unsatisfactory". GRECO requests the Head of the Serbian delegation to provide a report on the progress in implementing all the pending recommendations as soon as possible, but at the latest by 31 October 2018.


Prime Minister Brnabic claims that the placement of Serbia on the FATF “black list” is politically motivated

March 2018
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Prime Minister Brnabic claims that the placement of Serbia on the FATF “black list” is politically motivated. According to Ms Brnabic, FATF prepared the report more than a year ago, when it identified "certain strategic shortcomings". In the meantime, Serbia has complied with 35 of the 40 recommendations of that body and has adopted six systemic laws against money laundering and terrorist financing before discussing and approving the FATF report. Ms Brnabic also added that the European Commission and the World Bank were opposed to the report. However, she claimed that the adoption of the report was insisted on by the representatives of the United States of America.