Albania’s New Whistleblower Law Has Great Promise to Curb Corruption. But Will it Deliver?

Albania adopted a law on whistleblowing and protection of whistleblowers in June 2016. The law was supported by substantial advocacy and input from civil society.

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Jury Still Out on Serbia’s Whistleblower Protection Law

BELGRADE — Marija Beretka needed to initiate three court proceedings in order to obtain protection as a whistleblower. The case illustrates problems Serbia’s new whistleblower law.

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First-ever Regional Documentary Hits the Screen

Southeast Europe's burgeoning whistleblower movement has taken another great step with the premiere of the region's first documentary on whistleblowing.

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Kosovo Whistleblower Lifts Lid on Huge Tax Scam

PRISHTINA – Government staffer Murat Mehmeti blew the whistle on a massive tax scam involving shell companies that his bosses in Kosovo’s Tax Administration notably failed to follow up. Details of the major fraud were revealed on November 17 by the Kosovo bureau of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).

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Montenegro: Close to the EU – Far from Media Freedom

PODGORICA – As Western Balkan countries progress toward European Union membership, media freedoms are weakening while attacks on journalists are ever more violent and overt.

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Bulgarian Police Case Serves a Reminder: Whistleblowers Need Legal Protections

SOFIA – Konstantin Ivanov does not want to talk to journalists anymore. “I am fed up with media publicity,” he told a friend who approached him with an interview request on behalf of the Southeast Europe Coalition for Whistleblower Protection.

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Kosovo: The Republic without Whistleblowers

PRISHTINA – In one of her final speeches as President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga requested the county’s top judicial officials to pay more attention to whistleblowers –

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Whistleblowers in Kosovo Struggle for Protection

PRISHTINA – Though Kosovo’s Assembly passed a whistleblower protection law in 2011 that includes many international standards, some employees who have

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‘The Invoice’: Whistleblower in Montenegro Sacked after Exposing Questionable Government Payment

PODGORICA – In a rare case of whistleblower retaliation that has boiled to the surface in Montenegro, a hotel employee was fired in June after exposing how a government agency paid the hotel bill for a political party.

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Employee Reinstated in Bulgaria Following Civil Society Protests

SOFIA – One of two employees fired from Sofia’s National Art Gallery for criticizing government policy has been reinstated following large demonstrations and public calls for Bulgaria’s Culture Minister to resign.

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