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Transparency International sends the first complaint concerning Andrej Babiš’s conflict of interest

Transparency International Czech Republic (TI) has sent the first [...]

Andrej Babiš is our controlling person (beneficial owner), says Agrofert

Transparency International Czech Republic (TI CZ) found in the [...]

Caviar diplomacy will not be tolerated. First sentences are dropped

The former President of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of [...]

Sale of ČEZ Bulgaria to Inercom raises red flags; Requires greater scrutiny

The proposed sale of the Bulgarian assets of ČEZ Group, an energy [...]

Weekly news – 12 October 2018

12.10.2018 News and comments


Living and working in Europe is an unobtainable dream for many people around the world, but the very rich are able to pay their way to residency and citizenship in the EU.

EU member states in race to the bottom to sell Golden Visas to the super-rich

11.10.2018 News and comments


The doors of Europe are open to criminals and the corrupt, thanks to lax, opaque, and mismanaged ‘Golden Visa’ schemes, according to a report released today by Transparency International and Global Witness. The two anti-corruption organisations say the financial benefit of citizenship- and residency-by-investment schemes is undercut by risks arising from insufficient due diligence, conflicts of interest, and wide discretionary powers.

Transparency International Czech Republic have acted with integrity in work on prime minister´s business interests

08.10.2018 News and comments


Responding to statements in the media and during a recent press conference by Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, the managing director of Transparency International’s global secretariat in Berlin has affirmed that TI Česká republika (TI CZ) has acted in keeping with the anti-corruption movement’s core values and mission.

Weekly news – 5 October 2018

05.10.2018 News and comments


This week we’ve been taking a look back at what’s been done in the 12 months since the Azerbaijani Laundromat investigations exposed a $2.9 billion slush fund and money-laundering scheme designed to buy influence and prestige in Europe for President Ilham Aliyev’s authoritarian regime.

European Commission is beginning to investigate conflict of interests of Andrej Babiš and eligibility of EU funds for Agrofert

01.10.2018 News and comments


Based on the initiative of Transparency International Czech Republic (TI CZ), the European Commission begins to look into the conflict of interests of the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. At a meeting of the European Parliament’s Budget Committee on 27 September 2018, MEPs questioned on TI CZ’s complaint and the status of scrutiny of the case.

Weekly news – 28 September 2018

28.09.2018 News and comments


Information is power. Information is also fundamental to make informed decisions. Where it’s not freely accessible, corruption can thrive and basic rights can be denied. People can hide corrupt acts behind a veil of secrecy.

Weekly news – 21 September 2018

21.09.2018 News and comments


This week we zero in on Denmark, the second least corrupt country in the world on our Corruption Perceptions Index. The country finds itself entangled in Europe’s biggest-ever money laundering scandal centred around its top bank – Danske Bank.

Transparency International issues a second complaint about Andrej Babiš’s conflict of interest and European subsidies for Agrofert

19.09.2018 News and comments


Transparency International Czech Republic (TI CZ) sent a complaint to the European Commission on suspicion of a conflict of interest between the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš and his economic interests in relation to the AGROFERT group. Both the complaint and the open letter are addressed to the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI). TI CR has also shared the information with foreign media.

Weekly news – 14 September 2018

14.09.2018 News and comments


Earlier this week, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council: “the poor and vulnerable suffer disproportionately” from corruption, “and impunity compounds the problem.”

Weekly news – 7 September 2018

07.09.2018 News and comments


It’s been a disconcerting week in Guatemala. Last Friday, President Jimmy Morales revoked the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity (CICIG), the UN-sponsored body charged with assisting national corruption investigations. On Tuesday, the government announced it had barred its head, Iván Velásquez, from entering the country.

Weekly news – 31 August 2018

31.08.2018 News and comments


This week Colombian voters showed that ordinary citizens can make a big difference in the fight against corruption.

Weekly news – 24 August 2018

24.08.2018 News and comments


This week has seen two big developments in the corruption scandal involving US President, Donald Trump.

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