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.
A high-profile corruption case has sparked calls for radical overhaul in the justice system.
Medical workers' low income leads to corruption in region's health care system "directly affecting" patients' health, bloggers said.
By pressing charges stemming from corruption against one of Serbia's most influential businessmen, observers said the state is earning the public's support.
Authorities say FBiH Deputy Prime Minister Jerko Ivankovic-Lijanovic and others bought votes to sway the 2010 election.
Citizens say that joining the EU will also help boost the fight against corruption.
Communication and regional-level discussion are some of the most effective tools in the fight against organised crime and corruption, officials and experts say.
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.
In spite of opposition criticism, Central Bank Governor Bedri Hamza tells SETimes he is determined to maintain the bank's independence.
The arrest of FBiH President Zivko Budimir and 18 other officials is a major crackdown on organised crime, agency said.
The privatisation of Kosovo's Post-Telecom will benefit the country's budget, but some officials said the process was not transparent.
The recent arrest of 39 students and professors in Croatia brings the fight against corruption in the sector into the regional spotlight.
Macedonia is making an effort to crack down on corruption, officials and analysts said.
The anticorruption agency and EU delegation are asking citizens to report fraudulent incidents.
Police detain Croatian Handball Federation president Sandi Sola and members of his family in the high-profile arrests.
The authorities estimate corruption losses from Telekom Slovenije at 25 million euros.
By promoting transparency and allowing anonymous reporting, states are working to stop corruption in higher education.
The new strategy intends to take zero tolerance approach in fight against corruption.
Integrity Observers gives the public access to procurement contracts, in an effort to reduce the possibility of corruption.
Bloggers said that teaching ethics and having authorities act on plagerised materials will help stop the growing problem.
Serbia's public sector and Anti-corruption Agency join forces to detect and prevent corruption.
Croatia has lost more than 11 billion euros through corruption and commercial mispricing.
Although the new prime minister has plans to improve things, she may meet resistance from the opposition.
Electric power theft costs Balkan companies millions of euros.
Recent corruption charges against a Prizren mayor and five other officials raise citizen hopes that the judicial system is doing its job.
Politicians are sentenced to jail time for corruption offences as the government gets tough on wrongdoers.
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.
Belgrade is making progress on the country's most significant challenges.
Too many institutions and the lack of co-ordinated legislation are hindering the fight against organised crime in the region, analysts say.
Organised gambling rings and criminal groups have corrupted football, threatening the integrity of the world's most popular sport, officials said.
The government is making efforts to send tax cheats to jail.
Almost twice times as many citizens said the government is doing a good job fighting crime and corruption compared to eight months ago.
Past payments issued by state-owned Kolubara coal mining company has caused accusations of corruption.
Experts say co-operation among regional countries is important in battling smuggled goods.
Macedonia may create a model system to promote integrity through an exchange of information from anti-corruption agencies.
MPs reject investigation of Socialist leader, two former premiers over Swiss bank list.
Poor economic conditions lead to large numbers of undocumented workers.
A revision to the change of ownership is the expected next step in suspect privatisations.
Fraud is alleged in the handling of missing money.
Experts said employment by political patronage can be overcome by more private sector jobs.
Regional countries are asking Serbian authorities to broaden their investigation into tycoon Miodrag Miskovic.
The opposition said a recent report on money that was transferred out of Albania through illegal activities proves that the government is corrupt.
The December arrest could signal a new stance in Athens on fighting corruption.
The number of contraband cigarettes sold in Bulgaria today is much smaller than several years ago, according to customs officials.
Bloggers are relieved that the government is finally tackling shady privatisations, which they perceive as the root of organised crime.
Illegal fishing in Lake Ohrid has become big business in Macedonia and Albania.
Laws in the region do not adequately protect whistleblowers or provide effective follow-up mechanisms to their disclosures.