The European Union has recently noted elements of state capture in the entire region of the Western Balkans. The term ‘state capture’ implies a state of widespread corruption in which the Government and public institutions are used, both through legal and illegal channels, to pump out public resources for private gain. The European Union has thus recognised the need to monitor more effectively the Rule of law reforms in countries that are seeking membership. This could be achieved by relying on the positive example of the so-called Priebe Report, prepared by a group of independent experts led by Reinhard Priebe, retired Director of the European Commission. Read more here.