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|Title:||Balkan corruption: the China connection|
|Author:|| Makocki, Michal
|Publisher:||European Union Institute for Security Studies, 2017|
|Series/Date:||Issue Alert No.22, July 2017|
|Source Type:||Article - Blog/Journal/Series|
|Notes:||The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia had not yet fully recovered from the recent constitutional crisis when new details emerged revealing the acute governance problems besetting the country. Following the change of government, the Ministry of Transport and Communication has blocked the completion of the China-financed Kicevo-Ohrid highway amid allegations of losses to the state budget in the region of €155 million, a substantial sum of money in a small and underdeveloped economy such as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The scandal implicates not only four high-level politicians from the previous government (including the former Prime Minister) but also refocuses attention on the role of Chinese infrastructure projects in fuelling corruption in the wider Western Balkan region.
|Keywords:||EUISS - China - Silk Road - Infrastructure - Macedonia - FYROM - Balkans - Eastern Europe - Investment - CESEE - Relations between Central-Eastern Europe and China - Regional cooperation - 16+1 formula - Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - New Silk Road Project - One Belt, One Road - 16+1 - Belt and Road Initiative|
18.15.b - China
18.6.j - Balkan region / Black Sea region / S.E. Europe Region
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