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TIPS Newsletter | June 2024 - TI Report: The State of Corruption Control in Western Balkans and Türkiye

Dear TIPS Member,


In June 2024, Transparency International published a report assessing the effectiveness of national integrity systems in the Western Balkans and Türkiye. This included an examination of the effectiveness of key institutions, mechanisms, and actors involved in preventing and combating corruption.


Key strengths identified included improved legal and institutional frameworks, increased participation by civil society and the media in their role as anticorruption watchdogs, and increased international support and cooperation. Key weaknesses included political influence undermining the independence and effectiveness of judicial systems. Weak implementation and enforcement of anti-corruption legislation, and challenges for civil society and media such as limited funding and intimidation.


The report recommends strengthening judicial independence, enhancing transparency in public procurement, supporting civil society and media freedoms, and implementing comprehensive anti-corruption reforms to improve integrity systems in the Western Balkans and Türkiye.


Please see below the TIPS Newsletter for June 2024. We look forward to seeing you soon.


 - the TIPS team

 

1. Upcoming Events (register on our Events page)


TIPS | Summer Social Party | 9 July 2024, 6-10pm BST, Grant Thornton, London


TIPS | Key Anti-Corruption and Transparency Frameworks and Recent Cases in Canada and Australia | 23 July 2024, 7-8pm BST, AlixPartners, London


The Bartlett | ESG and the Construction Industry: Legal and Business Developments | 15 July 2024, 9am-12pm BST



 

2. Recent events


TIPS | 25 Years of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention


On 4 June, the TIPS Network welcomed the Acting Chair of the OECD Anti-Bribery Working Group, Chris Basiurski, followed by a panel discussion with Liz David-Barrett (University of Sussex), Dominic Martin (OECD), James Ford and Lloydette Bai-Marrow (Spotlight on Corruption).


The panel considered the impacts of the Convention on shaping legislative trends around the world, the broader anti-corruption enforcement dynamic, and how companies have responded to the evolving anti-corruption eco-system.


We would like to thank Robert Barrington for bringing this event together and Mayer Brown for kindly hosting.


TIPS | Corruption, transnational crime and “Chasing Shadows”


On 25 June, the TIPS Network welcomed Miles Johnson of the Financial for a fascinating and insight conversation Times and author of the book "Chasing Shadows" on corruption and transnational crime from an investigative journalist’s perspective.


We would like to thank Jessica Arapu of Clifford Chance for facilitating the session and FTI Consulting for kindly hosting.



 

3. Jobs Board


  • EU Political Integrity – Traineeship, Transparency International EU, Brussels. Apply here.

  • Legal Fellowship, International Lawyers Project, London. Apply here.

  • Assistant Vice President, Sanctions Regulatory Change, MUFG, London. Apply here.

  • Compliance Associate, Saxo Bank, London. Apply here..

 

4. Items of Interest


TI Publications

  • Dangerously Diluted: Corruption’s role in fuelling arms diversion. See here.


TI blogs

  • Playing the numbers: transparency in a minority government. See here.

  • TI EU and other organisations urge EU to accelerate infringement procedure against Hungary. See here.

  • DRC: no accountability for Glencore crimes until justice is delivered to all victims. See here.

  • Transparency international joins eight CSOS to sign landmark partnership to promote an enabling environment for civil society globally. See here.

  • Transparency International UK welcome labour’s six point plan to crackdown on Russia’s ‘dirty money’. See here.


TI in the News

  • Labour to ban lawsuits that silence the press in Russian oligarch crackdown. See here.

  • Britain’s getting more corrupt. Will kicking the Tories out help? See here.

  • Labour and Tories fail to commit to exposing universities’ secret donors. See here.

  • Badenoch urged to scrutinise business links of Royal Mail bidder Křetínský. See here.

  • Secret owner of Scottish at-risk A-listed buildings revealed. See here.


Podcasts

  • Kickback: Ketakandriana Rafitoson on State Capture in Madagascar and its international linkages. Listen here.


Other items

  • Corruption on the Northeast Corridor: Addressing Bribery in Amtrak Procurement. See here.

  • When Did EU Anticorruption Conditionality Work, and When Did It Fail? See here.

  • Beny Steinmetz: Scion of Diamond Royalty, Now At Bay Over Bribery Charges. See here.

  • Letter from the National Crime Agency highlights problems with the UK’s political finance enforcement regime. See here.

  • Nigeria’s $50 million settlement with Glencore must be fully transparent and redress the harms caused by corruption. See here.

  • One seat, two candidates accused of buying their chance to become its MP. See here.

  • Reconciling Tradition and Modernity in Africa’s Anticorruption Struggle. See here.

  • How the wrong chaps took charge of British politics. See here.


 

5. One Minute Reads


New One Minute Reads have been uploaded to the TIPS website. Please do click the link to read more – perfect for your morning/evening WFH coffee break!


 

6. Support TI-UK directly by joining Friends of TI-UK!


As a friend of TI-UK you will receive updates from TI-UK directly about TI-UK's ground-breaking research & advocacy campaigns. Your subscription will also support TI-UK's ongoing work across the UK, Business, Health, Defence & Security initiatives. Find out more here.



 

7. Focus on...

Viktoriya Minovska


Policy Analyst, OECD, London

TIPS mentee




Why did you get involved with the TIPS network?


After building my experience in compliance and anti-corruption in Paris, I was eager to integrate into the UK's dynamic professional landscape by joining the TIPS network. I was happy to find that TIPS effectively manages to provide an exquisite platform to collaborate with esteemed experts and like-minded and kind professionals, in the hope to foster an environment where we can collectively drive meaningful change.


Please describe your experience as part of the TIPS network.

 

Being part of the TIPS Network has been fantastic; everyone I've met has been incredibly kind, helpful, and positive, which is so refreshing in such a dynamic field. It's inspiring to collaborate with such passionate and supportive professionals.


Connect with Viktoriya on LinkedIn.

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