BIRN Consultancy is an analysis, advisory and corporate investigation consultancy with a regional focus on the Balkans. Unlike our competitors, we are based in the Balkans, in close proximity to the variety of information that our clients need to navigate the web of complexity that the region represents from a political, business, regulatory and compliance point of view. Uniquely, our team of analysts and experts combines a mix of deep local knowledge together with an understanding of the needs and best practices of our clients based outside the region.
- Reports About Greek Police Ties With Mafia Face InvestigationMedia claims about alleged relations between police officers and the Greek mafia have prompted the Minister of Civil Protection and the Supreme Court Prosecutor to order an investigation.
- 30th Anniversary of Wartime Hero’s Killing Marked in BosniaSrdjan Aleksic’s father commemorated his son who became a symbol of tolerance after he was killed in 1993 by Bosnian Serb reservist troops for defending a Muslim friend from attack in the city of Trebinje.
- Montenegro’s Attempt to Create Database of Wartime Paramilitaries FailsThe state prosecution said it failed to create a database of Montenegrin citizens who were members of paramilitary units during the 1990s wars because of a lack of cooperation from other former Yugoslav countries.
- Serbia Cuts Bosnian Army Jail Chief’s Prisoner Abuse SentenceHusein Mujanovic’s sentence for abusing Serb civilian prisoners held in inhumane conditions in a Bosnian Army military prison in Hrasnica near Sarajevo in 1992 was reduced to four-and-a-half years on appeal.
- North Macedonia in 2023: All Eyes on the ConstitutionA row over whether to change the constitution to appease neighbouring Bulgaria and progress on the path to EU accession will set the tone for 2023 in North Macedonia, for both the government and its opponents.
- Drug Traffickers’ Exploitation of Balkan Ports Requires Regional ResponseCriminal networks are the primary illegal users of ports in the Balkans for the trafficking of cocaine, amphetamines, and heroin. Tackling them requires greater international police cooperation.
- Turkish Docudrama Challenges Romania’s Rosy View of Medieval HeroWhile many Romanians revere the 15th-century prince nicknamed ‘Vlad the Impaler’ as a national hero, a Turkish production has stirred a debate by presenting a darker side.
- Croatia in 2023: Euro, Schengen Accession Feed New Year OptimismRelative energy security alongside accession to the Eurozone and Schengen area are cause for cautious optimism in Croatia. But concerns remain on the political front.