Sunčana Roksandić Dimitris Ziouvas Fatjona Mejdini Bojan Dobovšek Ioannis Vlassis Ugljesa Ugi Zvekic

Organized corruption: Political financing in the Western Balkans

A Talk by Fatjona Mejdini , Ambassador Ugljesa Ugi Zvekic , Prof. Bojan Dobovšek , Professor Dimitris Ziouvas , Prof. Sunčana Roksandić and Ioannis Vlassis

About this Talk

This report uses the term ‘organized corruption’ to explain how corruption is embedded in the political economy of many countries in the region. Organized corruption is a ‘a symbiosis of organized crime, criminal methods and high-level corruption, which creates a crooked ecosystem that enriches and protects those with access to power’. Organized corruption is not only about systemic illicit financial gains and undue influence in decision-making, but also the systemic buying and influencing of social support to gain or maintain political and economic power.

Organized corruption is particularly evident in the political context of transitions towards democracy, when key parts of the economy are in the public domain, as is the case in the Western Balkans. In this context, control of politics and control of the economy are interlinked. Being in power means controlling the strings of the public purse.

Political parties utilize political power to acquire economic influence through the control of public finances and public officials. Political victory enables the use of state funds and enterprises for patronage and to gain financial, political and social benefits. In such an environment, elections are often a winner-take-all contest, not only for the political parties but also for those who benefit from patronage. It therefore follows that those who profit from power have an interest in financing political parties and elections.

This webinar will present the main findings and conclusions from the report titled 'Organized Corruption: Political Financing in the Western Balkans'.

27 June 2023, 01:30 PM

01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

About The Speakers

Fatjona Mejdini

Fatjona Mejdini

Director of the South Eastern Europe Observatory, GI-TOC

Director of the South Eastern Europe Observatory at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Ugljesa Ugi Zvekic

Ambassador Ugljesa Ugi Zvekic

Senior Advisor, GI-TOC

Ambassador, Senior Advisor at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Bojan Dobovšek

Prof. Bojan Dobovšek

Professor of Criminology, University of Maribor

Professor of Criminology at the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, University of Maribor, Slovenia.

Dimitris Ziouvas

Professor Dimitris Ziouvas

Director, Centre for Criminal Sciences, Panteion University of Athens

Sunčana Roksandić

Prof. Sunčana Roksandić

Associate Professor, University of Zagreb

Associate Professor at the Department of Criminal Law, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb

Ioannis Vlassis

Ioannis Vlassis

Analyst, GI-TOC

Ioannis joined is an Analyst for the GI-TOC South Eastern Europe Observatory and supporting the Global Strategy against TOC.