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