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A specialized office targets organized crime.

Fighting Corruption in Croatia

October 2019, Zahl 09.04

Corruption and organized crime emerged as serious problems in the Republic of Croatia and other Balkan states as they worked to transition from the communist system of the former Yugoslavia to independent, market-based democracies. In response, Croatia founded the Office for the Suppression of Corruption and Organized Crime (USKOK) in December 2001 in accordance with the Act on USKOK, which was adopted earlier that year. USKOK is a special-ized office within the Croatian state attorney’s organization. Its authority extends throughout the country and covers suppression of corrup-tion and organized crime.

The head of USKOK is appointed by the attorney general to a four-year term and is supported by 33 deputies and various other employees. USKOK, as a special state attorney’s office, differs in organization from other such offices in that each department deals with a specialty. The departments include research and documentation, anti-corruption and public rela-tions, international cooperation and joint inves-tigations, and the secretariat and supporting services. The fight against corruption is carried out mainly by the prosecutor’s and financial investigations departments...

Excerpt from Saša Manojlović and Marta Šamota Galjer, “Fighting Corruption in Croatia,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  9, No. 4, 2019: 42-49.

Saša Manojlović is a prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office for the Supression of Corruption and Organised Crime in Croatia. His expertise includes economic criminal offenses deriving from his work on corruption cases and tax evasion crimes. He was a guest lecturer on the topic of “Rule of Law in the Western Balkans: Lessons and Ways Ahead” at the 35th workshop of the Regional Stability in South East Europe Study Group that was convened in Tirana, Albania, in 2017.

Marta Šamota Galjer is a prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office for the Supression of Corruption and Organised Crime in Croatia. She is an expert on corruption crimes and confiscation of assets. Her academic interests include international criminal law and political relations.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.