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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 [...]

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

19.06.2018 News and comments


Transparency International Czech Republic (TI CZ) found in the Slovak Register that Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, is the controlling person (beneficial owner) of Agrofert a.s. The findings may have serious implications for the areas of conflict of interest and EU funding policies.

Caviar diplomacy will not be tolerated. First sentences are dropped

15.06.2018 News and comments


The former President of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Pedro Agramunt was banned from holding any senior post in the human rights body for the next 10 years. The ban came after a major corruption inquiry into vote-rigging in favor of Azerbaijan government. Other deputies were banned as well from taking senior positions for two years, namely Jordi Xuclà, Cezar Florin Preda a Samad Seyidov.

Weekly news – 15 June 2018

15.06.2018 News and comments


What do you think of when someone mentions Dubai? Luxury hotels, skyscrapers, man-made islands? Dubai projects an image to the world of an ultra-modern, extravagant and luxurious utopia. However, behind the sparkling façade lies one of the most secretive – and cash-friendly – money-laundering hubs in the world.

Weekly news – 8 June 2018

08.06.2018 News and comments


Like many of you, we’re looking forward to a summer of sport – not least the FIFA World Cup that kicks off in Moscow next Thursday.

Weekly news – 1 June 2018

01.06.2018 News and comments


This week, we zero in on Spain’s ongoing Gürtel corruption scandal, one of the largest in the country’s history. The affair implicates senior officials from the ruling right-wing People’s Party (PP) for taking bribes from Francisco Correa, a businessman with ties to the PP.

Weekly news – 25 May 2018

25.05.2018 News and comments


This week we bring you an American update to the Azerbaijani Laundromat and news from the so-called ‘West Africa Leaks’.

Weekly news – 18 May 2018

18.05.2018 News and comments


On Sunday, Venezuelans will go to the polls to elect their president for the next six years, amidst an economic crisis which is only getting worse.

Promising opener for dialogue about participation of civil society in local decision making in Belarus

14.05.2018 News and comments


Petitions.by organized the international conference “Forms of collaboration among state authorities and civil society on solution of local issues” which was unique for several reasons. We were proud to be there and support it. (8th May, 2018 in Minsk)

Weekly news – 11 May 2018

11.05.2018 News and comments


This week we bring you some news from around the world.

Weekly news – 4 May 2018

04.05.2018 News and comments


The UK government agreed to require British Overseas Territories to introduce public registers of beneficial ownership. That means that companies based in places like Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos and the British Virgin Islands will soon have to reveal the identity of the people who own or control them.

Weekly news – 27 April 2018

27.04.2018 News and comments


This week we zero in on the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the global financial institution tasked with ensuring macroeconomic stability.

Weekly news – 20 April 2018

20.04.2018 News and comments


This week began on a sombre note with vigils in London, Berlin, Brussels, Valetta and elsewhere to mark sixth months since Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was brutally murdered by a car bomb.

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