Counter-measures in the Balkans against organised crime and corruption


Much has been achieved in recent years in the context of legal and institutional changes to tackle the problems of organised crime and corruption in the Balkans. Western Balkan states are working closely with crime-busters from Europol, Interpol, and the EU to improve the quality of policing and collaboration in the fight against cross-border crime. What is needed now is a crackdown on the black economy, and for wrong-doers to be caught, sentenced and deprived of the proceeds of their crimes, sending a clear message to civil society that the rule of law must be respected. Only once politicians and state institutions are seen to be transparent and effective will the foreign investment that is sorely needed flow freely into the region.


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