5 Dec 2016 – Maffia in België: cliché of werkelijkheid?

Ter gelegenheid van de Internationale dag tegen Corruptie organiseert Libera Bruxelles een rondetafel over het thema :

Maffia in België: cliché of werkelijkheid?

Aan het woord  “maffia” wordt meteen en vooral alleen Italië gekoppeld. Is het nog waar?

Welke zijn de maffia’s aanwezig in België en hoe komen ze in actie? De Belgische sectie van de Italiaanse vzw “Libera. Verenigingen, namen en cijfers tegen de maffia’s” nodigt Belgische sprekers uit om daarover te discussiëren.

Moderator : Jozef De Witte, voormalig directeur Unia, interfederaal gelijkekansencentrum.

  • Bart Staes – Europarlementslid , lid van de voormalige commissie over de georganiseerde misdaad in Europa ; auteur van het boek  “De Hormonenmaffia”. Hij zal het Europees en Belgische kader schetsen;
  • Ken Weckhuysen – Commissaris, diensthoofd dienst policriminele dadergroepen bij de directie ter bestrijding van de zware en georganiseerde criminaliteit van de federale gerechtelijke politie, zal de kenmerken van de prioritaire dadergroepen beschrijven, alsook de actie door de politie;
  • Eric Bisschop – adjunct federale procureur, hoofd sectie ‘georganiseerde criminaliteit’, zal het hebben over: de maffieuse organisaties in België en het beleid van het Federaal Parket, klemtonen en knelpunten;
  • Salvatore Di Rosa – co-auteur – samen met Raf Sauviller – van “Maffia” (2016). Spreekt over de aanwezigheid van de Zuid-Italiaanse maffia’s in de Belgische en Europese  realiteit. Tegelijkertijd zal hij strategieën op Europees niveau voorstellen die op een efficiënte manier een fenomeen bestrijden dat de transnationale grenzen overschrijdt;
  • Gudrun Vande Walle Universiteit van Antwerpen, afdeling Recht, onderzoeksgroep: Overheid en Recht. Zij zal “De georganiseerde misdaad en de criminaliteit van de organisaties: met elkaar verbonden markten” voorstellen. 

Vraag en antwoord met het publiek.

De meeting zal in het Nederlands en Frans gehouden met simultaanvertaling

Inschrijvingen zijn gratis, gelieve wel te reserveren.

Info: liberabruxellesevents@gmail.com

When: 5 December 2016 @18h30 – 21h00

Where: Mundo B – Cafeteria Kamilou, Edinbourgstraat 26 – 1050 Brussel


9th December, Anti-corruption Day: break the chain of corruption!

This Post has been first publish on Bella Ciao Belgio

AUTHOR: Vania Putatti


The 9th of December is the International Anti-corruption Day, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations for the occasion of the adoption of the Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in 2003 and entered into force in 2005.

This year, the United Nations’ joint international campaign focuses on “how corruption undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to human rights violations, distorts markets, erodes quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish”. Continue reading “9th December, Anti-corruption Day: break the chain of corruption!”


Restarting the Future and the Italian association against mafia, Libera, organised a huge event with a big list of MEPs, European NGOs and hundreds of participants during the International Anti-Corruption Dayin the European Parliament. A successful meeting and a decisive step in our fight against wrongdoing and mafia in the European Union.

Yesterday was an important work session between NGOs and MEPs  in order to discuss the priorities against crime and corruption in Europe, a reality which cost “around 120 billion euros per year to the European citizens”, reminded Elly Schlein, democratic MEP. This is why the implementation of effective measures “is an urgency and the European Parliament will find the right solutions” said Schlein. She is one of the 67MEPs who have shown their commitment to the creation of an Intergroup on Integrity: Transparency, Anti-corruption and Oganised Crime.

This important tool, which is going to be real the next December 11th, is one of the main objectives on which the NGOs and MEPs have been working for months. In this regard, six are the priorities that the NGO’s suggest to develop and improve during the Intergroup agenda: promoting transparency, good administration and whistleblowing; a European Day of Memory and Commitment; a European law for Confiscated Assets, the European Public Prosecutor; and enforcement of the existing legislation on money laundering; to strengthen criminal sanctions and define the “Eco-crimes”.

In addition, the event focused the discussions around the problem of the Organised Crime. In fact,  “mafia and corruption are two sides of the same coin”, said father Luigi Ciotti, the founder of Libera. “The Mafia Capitale scandal has seriously shaken Italy, Rome, and our public opinion. But I want to thank the police and the bench: by defining this mobster scandal with the ‘mafia’ crime, the police is stating that mafia and corruption are linked. Mafia is an aggravating factor for bribery crimes”. 

The fight against mafia “is a sensitive topic in Italy, taking into account that it is still a fruitful business after more than 150 years. But this is a European problem and that’s why we are here” assured Don Ciotti.

Philippe Lamberts, the Green Group leader at the European Parliament, was agree  with Don Ciotti. He said that the Organised Crime in an“European issue, not just Italian”. In his opinion, “there is no difference between financial markets manipulation and the Italian crime. Also the States are guilty of fraud. Think about Luxembourg, or Belgium”.

Now the focus is on an European Directive on whistleblowing, protecting the ones who decide to denounce corruption in all the States Member. In this regard, during the afternoon our team presented the first Restarting the Future’s report about Whistleblowing: “Blowing the Whistle on Corruption. A campaign for a European Directive in defence of Whistleblowers” which found promising results about the implementation of this law in Europe, taking in account the positives findings of its implementation in other states such as United States.

In short, it was a day where all the important European actors were united in order to raise awareness of the issue of corruption within politics and society-at-large and to discuss together the upcoming measures in our common path against Corruption and Organised Crime.This was the another step to Restarting the future.

Original post published on Restarting the Future Website

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09 December 2014 – International Anti-Corruption Day “Zero Corruption. 100% Development”

International Anti-Corruption Day

“Zero Corruption. 100% Development”

Happy Birthday Libera Brussels 1 year

Public roundtable / Social Village / Video Projection/ Libera Terra products to taste


Date: 9 December 2014                                                                       Time: 18:00 – 22:00

Venue: Micromarché, Quai à la Houille 9, 1000 Bruxelles website en.micromarche.com

Background :

December 9 is the International Anti-Corruption Day.

Corruption is a serious crime that undermines social and economic development. It concerns all countries and affects everyone. It undermines democratic institutions, erodes citizens trust in their political representatives, diverts resources from public utilities to private uses, slows down economic development.

To mark the International Anti-Corruption Day, Libera Bruxelles, together with other peer CSOs, will host a public roundtable to raise awareness about the necessary tools (at the European and Belgian level) to fight political corruption as well as the role of CSOs in promoting legality, and transparency in public decision making.

During the event, different  Belgium-based actors will showcase and provide information about their work to fight corruption, conflict of interests (revolving doors), and to promote a culture of legality, transparency, and public scrutiny over public decision making process: the social village.


18:30 – 20:00

Roundtable: “Zero Corruption. 100% Development : The social and economic costs of corruption”


  • Elisa Baldini, former representative of Libera Brussels
  • Don Luigi Ciotti President of “Libera . Associations, names and numbers against mafias”


  • Francisco Milán , Restarting the Future Policy Adviser (digital campaign aimed at promoting transparency and fighting corruption in Europe)
  • Corporate Europe Observatory – The revolving doors campaign
  • Gudrun Vandewalle, academic expert on Financial and Economic crime and Governance and Ethics


  • Méabh Mc Mahon, Journalist in Brussels



Art performances

Michel Gilbert will animate the event and help us in growing awareness on corruption through their art.

Social Village

The ‘Social Village’ is a place where all actors active in fighting corruption  will have the possibility to show their work, activities, projects, partnership and share useful information concerning the fight against corruption in all their forms. Through the social village, LIBERA Bruxelles aims at making a first step towards a CSOs platform to fight corruption and organised crime.

Food and Drinks

After the roundtable, there will be moment where speakers, participants, associations and artists will have the possibility to know each others, share their experiences, values and project ideas while drinking and tasting the delicious product of Libera terra

Libera Terra Shop

Libera Terra reunites the social coops which, under guidance from “Libera (Freed). Associations, Names and Numbers Against Mafia Organizations” run productions and hundreds of hectares of property taken from mafia organizations in Sicily, Apulia, Calabria and Campania. Pasta, legumes, extra virgin olive oil, honey, sweet and savory preserves, mozzarella di bufala and limoncello are just a few of the products produced by Libera Terra. Using the best organic raw materials, the products rediscover the typical flavors of the territory and present provide a high nutritional and organoleptic profile.

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Formazione: La lotta contro la corruzione nell’Unione europea

In vista alla Giornata Internazionale Contro la Corruzione (9 dicembre), Libera Bruxelles organizza, venerdì 17 ottobre, ore 19:00 un momento di formazione su: “La lotta contro la corruzione nell’Unione Europea”, un’analisi di Vania Putatti (Dott. in Studi Internazionali, Scienze Politiche e Studi Europei) delle normative e gli organismi a livello sopranazionale relativi al tema.

Quando: 17 ottobre giugno 2014 – H19:00

Dove: SOLIDAR –  Rue du commerce 22, 1000 Regione di Bruxelles-Capitale

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