Parliament vote to dismiss Montenegro anti-corruption leader is highly politicized

Issued by Transparency International Secretariat



Transparency International condemns yesterday’s decision of the Parliament of Montenegro to dismiss Vanja Ćalović Marković, executive director of MANS, our Montenegrin chapter, from the Council of the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, even though the national court has not reached its verdict on her case. This decision suggests retribution against Ćalović Marković for her uncompromising fight against corruption.

Allegations of conflict of interest against Ćalović Marković are being disputed in a national court, with the case scheduled for 17 July 2018. Ćalović Marković has not been given an opportunity to respond to the allegations made against her, contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights. Last month, more than 40 NGOs urged Parliament to wait for the court decision before voting on Ćalović Marković’s dismissal, however, despite this, Parliament voted yesterday. 

The dismissal of Ćalović Marković was a politically charged move and raises concerns previously outlined by the European Commission in its 2018 report on Montenegro. The report highlights challenges around conflict of interest cases, particularly those concerning members of civil society organisations and media, including the public broadcaster, RTCG, and the Council of the Agency for Electronic Media.

The dismissal also adds to the mounting political pressure that MANS faces in its work to fight corruption, undermines citizens’ trust in political institutions and counteracts national accession efforts to join the European Union.


For any press enquiries please contact

Jen Pollakusky/Michael Hornsby
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
T: +49 30 3438 20 666

Latest

Support Transparency International

Support Us

Fighting corruption in the age of “fake news”

"Fake news" has become a major threat to public trust in democracy and news media outlets over the past years. The fight against corruption is also affected.

Right to information: a tool for people power

Globally, approximately 120 countries have right to information laws. In some countries, these laws are top notch, but in others, the laws either don’t exist or need significant improvements. On International Right to Know Day, citizens are speaking out around the world to demand greater accountability from government. But are most people even aware of their right to request information in the first place?

Global Corruption Barometer - Latin America and the Caribbean 2019

The Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) – Latin America & Caribbean highlights the disproportionate effect that corruption has on women and a significant lack of political integrity among government leaders.

Mujeres y corrupción en Latinoamérica y el Caribe

A lo largo de la última década, cada vez más mujeres de Latinoamérica y el Caribe han alzado la voz en reclamo de igualdad de derechos para las mujeres y las niñas.

Women and corruption in Latin America & the Caribbean

The Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) – Latin America and the Caribbean is an important step for understanding how corruption affects women. For the first time, the GCB highlights data on sexual extortion, or sextortion, one of the most significant forms of gendered corruption. It also presents new data on women’s experiences of bribery.

Falta de integridad política en Latinoamérica y el Caribe, especialmente en torno a las elecciones

El Barómetro Global de la Corrupción - América Latina y el Caribe revela una falta de integridad política, especialmente en torno a los procesos electorales.

Political integrity lacking in Latin America and the Caribbean, especially around elections

The Global Corruption Barometer - Latin America and the Caribbean reveals a worrying lack of political integrity, especially around electoral processes.

Social Media

Follow us on Social Media