Special Report: Corruption in Southeast Europe

Despite efforts to bring economic and democratic reforms, many countries in Southeast Europe remain beset by corruption. This page highlights efforts to root out the corrupt practices that stifle economic growth and brings attention to efforts by NGOs and citizens who are working to improve the region.

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BiH lawmakers increase efforts against corruption

23/06/2014

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Under new legislation, anti-corruption and anti-crime institutions will be established in BiH.
CoE committee puts BiH on financial blacklist

12/06/2014

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BiH has been added to a list of countries investors should avoid because it has not adopted laws against money laundering and terrorism financing.
BiH corruption arrests include high-level officials

12/05/2014

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The recent arrests of high-level officials in BiH indicate political will to address a long-time issue, officials say.
EU praises new procurement law in BiH

09/05/2014

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In an effort to end corruption in purchasing of goods from outside sources, the BiH parliament adopted a new law.
Experts: New law may hinder anti-corruption efforts in Romania

01/05/2014

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New amendments to Romania's law on public administration are causing concern among some anti-corruption groups.
Region taking stand against corruption in football

14/04/2014

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After years riddled with scandal, officials are taking steps to end corruption and crime in football.
Serbia to focus on eliminating tax evasion, grey economy

11/04/2014

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The Serbian government plans to crack down on the grey economy and tax evasion in hopes of obtaining funds for the impoverished state budget.
On the web, public calls for a fair trial in the Saric case

04/04/2014

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The arrest and trial of alleged drug lord Darko Saric is being hailed by many online commenters as eyes turn to the judicial system.
BiH authorities co-operate to stop tax fraud

03/04/2014

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Based on Croatia's Bureau for Combating Corruption and Organised Crime, a new team in BiH expects to investigate and prosecute tax evaders more quickly.
In Macedonia, an effort to stop corrupt police

02/04/2014

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Three police officers face charges connected to a human trafficking investigation.
Arrests highlight Montenegro's efforts against corruption

01/04/2014

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Officials said the resolve is there, but experts said stronger anti-corruption efforts are needed.
HDZ verdict is a turning point for political transparency

19/03/2014

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HDZ is the first political party in the EU to be found guilty of corruption.
Croatia's Forex scam should be a lesson, EP says

17/03/2014

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The biggest financial scam in Croatia will likely serve as a warning to citizens, who can also learn to be cautious through information from the EU.
New EU policy simplifies seizure of criminal assets

06/03/2014

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Funds taken from illegal enterprises will go to improving schools and hospitals.
Kosovo cities make teacher hiring more transparent

05/03/2014

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A lack of transparency has been the most common form of political influence in the education system.
Regional whistleblowers lack protection, support

14/02/2014

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Whistleblowers in the region are being urged to report irregularities and cases of corruption in the public sector, but only the bravest take action.
Countries increase confiscation of criminal assets

05/02/2014

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By seizing criminals' assets, countries in the region hope to prevent corruption and crime.
Latest banking scandal shakes Greece

30/01/2014

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The former chairman of Hellenic Postbank and other executives and businessmen are among 29 people charged in a loan scheme worth about 500 million euros.
Bloggers: Nastase's case shows progress in Romania's justice system

17/01/2014

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A new verdict against Romania's former prime minister indicates the judiciary's growing independence and is a step forward in the country's anti-corruption efforts, bloggers say.
Romania sets new rules for food producers

16/01/2014

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Romania launches new regulations for the certification of traditional products to help local producers reach EU standards and sell their products abroad.
Experts call for action to fight corruption in Croatia's healthcare sector

15/01/2014

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A recently discovered corruption scheme involves hundreds of doctors and pharmacists.
Serbia makes progress in privatisation corruption probe

15/01/2014

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The Serbian Prosecutor's Office for Organised Crime has completed its preliminary investigation of 24 privatisations.
Greek arms deal corruption prompts increased oversight

14/01/2014

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Greek authorities act to restore trust in the armed forces.
Albania seeks foreign experts to increase pace of reforms

13/01/2014

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The Albanian government wants to address crime and corruption in the customs administration and accredit its universities.
Albania and Kosovo taking steps against corruption

02/01/2014

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Both countries institute measures to deal with corrupt practices, including in the judiciary.
Changes in Romania's criminal law alarm civil society

27/12/2013

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Secretly debated changes to Romania's Criminal Code pose a threat to democratic values in the country, the international community and experts warn.
Serbia, Montenegro show progress in anti-corruption efforts

18/12/2013

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Focused efforts to stop government fraud are showing results in some countries.
UN report calls upon BiH to improve anti-corruption efforts

04/12/2013

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Corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina hurts the business climate and deters both local and foreign investment, officials say.
Police planning to stop counterfeit degrees

28/11/2013

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University professors from the region are asking for countries to exercise stronger control over university diplomas in order to eliminate counterfeit degrees.
Public officials' arrests show action in Croatia's corruption probe

20/11/2013

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Croatia is making headway in its anti-corruption efforts as it targets high-level officials.
EU urges BiH to boost high-level corruption action

15/11/2013

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BiH should take more sufficient steps to fight high-level corruption, the EU says.
Corruption derailing BiH EU bid

11/11/2013

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Almost 90 percent of citizens in BiH do not trust the country's politicians, a recent survey shows.
Montenegro focuses on healthcare corruption

08/11/2013

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Montenegro is expected to announce a plan to stop corruption in the healthcare sector by the end of the year.
Bloggers warn about the influence on justice in Romania

25/10/2013

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Bloggers criticise a decision by Romania's general prosecutor to remove anti-corruption prosecutor Lucian Papici.
Balkan organisations advocate for open governments

18/10/2013

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Open government principles are important for anti-corruption and EU accession.
Experts: Croatia corruption probe is good for investors

17/10/2013

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By pursuing a case against INA and MOL, Croatia is showing that it is actively battling corruption, an expert said.
Experts say minister's conviction is a landmark case in Greece

16/10/2013

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Analysts praise the court sentencing Akis Tsochatzopoulos and 16 co-defendants and urge Greece to continue to pursue corruption cases.
Union calls for effort to combat police bribery

01/10/2013

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A survey of citizens and police officers indicates that corruption is an issue among Serbia's traffic police.
Serbian MPs commit to anti-corruption

18/09/2013

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Strengthening the role of the parliament and MPs, and motivating citizens to take a part in the fight against corruption are the main goals of a new anti-corruption organisation in Serbia.
New tax law in Croatia proves to be effective

16/09/2013

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Rigorous new measures of the Croatian tax administration are yielding results.
Greece and Cyprus co-operate to extradite corruption suspects

29/08/2013

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Former Cyprus Interior Minister Dinos Michaelides may be the first extradited official to face trial in Greece.
Greek tax inspectors face tough crowds

28/08/2013

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The government is moving more aggressively against tax evaders as it attempts to climb out of debt.
Kosovo commission looks to avoid mistakes from 2010 vote

27/08/2013

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The November election will be particularly watched as it will be the first in 14 years to include all of Kosovo.
Bulgaria protests are an indictment against corruption

26/08/2013

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Bulgaria needs to ensure a fair electoral process, transparency in government and business and launch judicial reform to fight corruption, experts say.
Greece ousts privatisation chief for ethics violation

22/08/2013

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The dismissal is being seen as a sign that the government will have a zero-tolerance policy for perceived inappropriate behaviour.
Balkans lose billions to crime and corruption

20/08/2013

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Huge losses have a serious economic impact on the region and contribute to crime, terrorism and security concerns, experts said.
Experts urge Montenegro to protect journalists

16/08/2013

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News media leaders say the explosion outside of a journalist's home was meant as retaliation for his investigative reports on corruption.
Authorities hope cameras will end toll charge abuses

16/08/2013

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Cameras are intended to monitor everything that is happening at toll booths.
Groups criticise corruptive practices of traffic police

13/08/2013

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Only the joint efforts of the authorities, NGOs, media and the civil society will bring visible results in the fight against widespread bribery by traffic police in the region, experts say.
Albania makes progress in tackling corruption

06/08/2013

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A recent report lauds the success of Albania's anti-corruption efforts.
Website allows citizens to track municipal budgets

02/08/2013

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Experts said the website will increase citizen participation in determining municipal budgetary priorities.
Montenegro to establish a state anti-corruption agency

31/07/2013

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The new office will focus on anti-corruption efforts at all levels and is a crucial component of the country's EU accession efforts.
Bulgaria bans private donations to police

26/07/2013

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The action follows a recommendation by the EU to address corruption in the government.
Kosovo turns to online anti-corruption efforts

18/07/2013

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Online anti-corruption efforts in Kosovo show promising results.
Experts' reactions differ over Papaconstantinou case

15/07/2013

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Experts see different reasons for parliament's decision in a former Greek finance chief's case.
Anti-corruption centres motivate citizens to fight corruption

15/07/2013

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An increasing number of people in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina seek legal and other assistance to address instances of corruption.
Macedonian anti-corruption efforts pay off

24/06/2013

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Authorities arrest 13 in an anti-trafficking operation, including a police officer from the border service.
Non-compliance with Kosovo wealth declaration law alarms experts

17/06/2013

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Corruption among public officials in Kosovo will "undermine the progress of the country" and "slow down" its path toward the EU, international and local experts warn.
BiH border police focus of anti-corruption action

14/06/2013

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BiH authorities are targeting police and state officials in anti-corruption stings.
Jansa sentence is a warning to regional politicians

12/06/2013

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Janez Jansa was convicted of seeking a 2 million euro bribe when he was prime minister of Slovenia.
Region focuses on corruption in customs sectors

27/05/2013

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Efforts to stem corruption in the region's custom sector are working, but more needs to be done, analysts said.
Serbian officials seek better whistleblower protection

25/05/2013

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"By protecting the whistleblowers, we protect ourselves," the Serbian ombudsman says.
Corruption case shocks Romanian justice system

21/05/2013

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A high-profile corruption case has sparked calls for radical overhaul in the justice system.
Bloggers want corruption in health care stopped

18/05/2013

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Medical workers' low income leads to corruption in region's health care system "directly affecting" patients' health, bloggers said.
Miskovic indictments help anti-corruption efforts

16/05/2013

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By pressing charges stemming from corruption against one of Serbia's most influential businessmen, observers said the state is earning the public's support.
New corruption charges seen as an indictment of BiH politics

14/05/2013

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Authorities say FBiH Deputy Prime Minister Jerko Ivankovic-Lijanovic and others bought votes to sway the 2010 election.
Analysts question new transfer of authority law

08/05/2013

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The Bosnia and Herzegovina government passed the amendments to the state law on conflicts of interest, but NGOs claim the changes fall short of transparency.
Sanader trials show commitment to fight corruption, analysts say

08/05/2013

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Citizens say that joining the EU will also help boost the fight against corruption.
Regional meetings strengthen co-operation against corruption, crime

08/05/2013

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Communication and regional-level discussion are some of the most effective tools in the fight against organised crime and corruption, officials and experts say.
Balkan countries fight spread of counterfeit money

06/05/2013

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Analysts warn that counterfeit money is becoming a serious problem in the Balkans.
Kosovo Central Bank governor vows to prevent financial corruption

02/05/2013

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In spite of opposition criticism, Central Bank Governor Bedri Hamza tells SETimes he is determined to maintain the bank's independence.
Corruption fight a 'priority,' BiH minister says

29/04/2013

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The arrest of FBiH President Zivko Budimir and 18 other officials is a major crackdown on organised crime, agency said.
Kosovo telecom privatisation to boost economy

27/04/2013

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The privatisation of Kosovo's Post-Telecom will benefit the country's budget, but some officials said the process was not transparent.
Corruption fight under way in regional education

26/04/2013

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The recent arrest of 39 students and professors in Croatia brings the fight against corruption in the sector into the regional spotlight.
Experts laud Macedonia corruption arrest

26/04/2013

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Macedonia is making an effort to crack down on corruption, officials and analysts said.
Serbia launches anti-corruption public awareness campaign

25/04/2013

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The anticorruption agency and EU delegation are asking citizens to report fraudulent incidents.
Corruption sting leads to banking sector questions

18/04/2013

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Police detain Croatian Handball Federation president Sandi Sola and members of his family in the high-profile arrests.
Slovenia telecom investigation extends to Kosovo and Macedonia

09/04/2013

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The authorities estimate corruption losses from Telekom Slovenije at 25 million euros.
Region takes action to fight education corruption

04/04/2013

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By promoting transparency and allowing anonymous reporting, states are working to stop corruption in higher education.
Serbia develops new anti-corruption strategy

02/04/2013

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The new strategy intends to take zero tolerance approach in fight against corruption.
Croatia NGO posts procurement information online

01/04/2013

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Integrity Observers gives the public access to procurement contracts, in an effort to reduce the possibility of corruption.
Plagiarism in the Balkans a growing phenomenon

23/03/2013

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Bloggers said that teaching ethics and having authorities act on plagerised materials will help stop the growing problem.
Integrity plans are the backbone of Serbia's anti-corruption efforts

22/03/2013

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Serbia's public sector and Anti-corruption Agency join forces to detect and prevent corruption.
Analysts: Croatia is ignoring outflow of illicit funds

19/03/2013

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Croatia has lost more than 11 billion euros through corruption and commercial mispricing.
New RS government focuses on economy, corruption

18/03/2013

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Although the new prime minister has plans to improve things, she may meet resistance from the opposition.
Republika Srpska, regional police pull the plug on electricity thieves

09/03/2013

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Electric power theft costs Balkan companies millions of euros.
Corruption charges bolster hopes in Kosovo

09/03/2013

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Recent corruption charges against a Prizren mayor and five other officials raise citizen hopes that the judicial system is doing its job.
High-level corruption sentences surprise Greeks

06/03/2013

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Politicians are sentenced to jail time for corruption offences as the government gets tough on wrongdoers.
BiH, Serbia boost defenses against corruption

25/02/2013

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In an effort to eradicate another of corruption's many faces, officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia are increasing dedication to their defence sectors.
Serbia is on the right track, experts say

22/02/2013

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Belgrade is making progress on the country's most significant challenges.
Region is streamlining corruption investigations

19/02/2013

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Too many institutions and the lack of co-ordinated legislation are hindering the fight against organised crime in the region, analysts say.
Massive match-fixing scandal blasts Europe's football

19/02/2013

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Organised gambling rings and criminal groups have corrupted football, threatening the integrity of the world's most popular sport, officials said.
Greece intensifies efforts against corruption

16/02/2013

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The government is making efforts to send tax cheats to jail.
Serbian citizens laud anti-corruption action

01/02/2013

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Almost twice times as many citizens said the government is doing a good job fighting crime and corruption compared to eight months ago.
Minister questions Kolubara mine payments

31/01/2013

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Past payments issued by state-owned Kolubara coal mining company has caused accusations of corruption.
Regional effort against smuggling and counterfeit goods intensifies

25/01/2013

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Experts say co-operation among regional countries is important in battling smuggled goods.
Integrity is key in fight against corruption

22/01/2013

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Macedonia may create a model system to promote integrity through an exchange of information from anti-corruption agencies.
Greek lawmakers OK probe of former finance minister

21/01/2013

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MPs reject investigation of Socialist leader, two former premiers over Swiss bank list.
Region struggles with shadow economy

21/01/2013

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Poor economic conditions lead to large numbers of undocumented workers.
Serbia, BiH to right privatisation wrongs

19/01/2013

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A revision to the change of ownership is the expected next step in suspect privatisations.

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