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Summary of the Guide for Practitioners on Public Procurement

30-06-2015

A “Guide for practitioners in public procurement” has been launched within the Fighting Public Procurement Criminality project, coordinated by Freedom House Romania with the financial support of Prevention of and Fight Against Crime Programme of the EU - European Commission - DG Home Affairs. 900 copies of this 220-page guide have been distributed amongst Romanian magistrates and judicial police officers dealing with public procurement fraud issues. Its digitalized version is available at ghidachizitii.lfwd.io for free consultation and for supporting training and specialization activities of the Romanian public institutions. This e-book format of the guide to be constantly updated with the latest changes in legislative and judicial practice. The current legal framework is about to be substantially modified by the end of 2015, in order to implement the new EU legislative package on public procurement. Pending the new legislation, in this English summary of the guide we focus on the current legal framework for public procurement and some of its challenges and shortcomings.The guide will be further developed within another project - „Legislaţie, economie, competiţie şi administraţie”  - Law, Economy, Competition and Administration, which will approach the topic of public procurement fraud with an emphasis on prevention. The target group of magistrates will be supplemented by civil servants that work within the investment and procurement departments of county councils, municipalities, as well as of other contracting authorities.

Guidelines for Improving the Procedures and Policies in Combating Trafficking in Minors is now available online

08-04-2015

The project Action against trafficking minors. Increasing the efficiency of EU and EEA police force by implementing EU directives and norms in the field has been concluded with the launch of Guidelines for Improving the Procedures and Policies in Combating Trafficking in Minors. Based on the SWOT-analysis conducted in Romania, Denmark and the Netherlands,.The Guidelines are now available in electronic format in English, Romanian, Italian, Spanish and Greek. The guide also contains procedural and legislative recommendations, meant to optimize the manner in which actors involved in trafficking in human beings are being treated. The guide is based on the SWOT analyses that were made in Romania, Denmark and the Netherlands and relies on a pronounced comparative approach.

Closing of the “Fighting Public Procurement Criminality. An operational approach” project

01-04-2015

Closing of the “Fighting Public Procurement Criminality. An operational approach” project

With 17 partners, “Fighting Public Procurement Criminality. An operational approach” was the most complex project that Freedom House Romania has managed so far. The project was concluded on Friday, March 27th 2015, with the closing conference and the release of a guide on public procurement both in print and in digital version.

Projects of Freedom House Romania and Expert Forum, praised in the CVM's Technical Report of the European Commission

30-01-2015

Projects of Freedom House Romania and Expert Forum, praised in the CVM's Technical Report of the European Commission

The Technical Report attached to the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism's Report, published by the European Commission on January 28th 2015, mentions several projects developed by Freedom House Romania as best practice examples, in partnership with other non-governmental organizations, most notably Expert Forum, with official institutions – the Ministry of Justice, the Superior Council of Magistracy, the National Institute of Magistracy, the General Prosecutor’s Office, the National Anticorruption Directorate, the National Council for Solving Complaints, the National Integrity Agency, together with HotNews.ro and EurActiv platforms, and the National Association of Specialists in Procurement (ANSA).

European Scholarships for Journalists, 2015 edition

30-01-2015

European Scholarships for Journalists, 2015 edition

The European Commission Representation in Bucharest, Freedom House Romania and Mercury360 Communications are pleased to announce that the entry submission period for the 2015 edition of “European Scholarships: Journalists in Dialogue” is now open.The program is addressed to journalists from the Romanian local press – print, online, radio, TV -, as well as to Romanian bloggers and freelancers, that manifest interest for European themes and positioning Romania in the European Union.

Four Romanian journalists, awarded with the Young Journalist of the Year 1.000 euros prizes

27-11-2014

Four Romanian journalists, awarded with the Young Journalist of the Year 1.000 euros prizes

Victor Cozmei (Hotnews.ro), Anca Simina (Gandul.info), Roxana Pricop (Ziarul Financiar) and Andreea Pavel (Info Sud-Est Constanța), covering justice, current affairs, economics and environmental issues, were awarded on November 2014 as the best young Romanian journalists.

VICTOR COZMEI FÜR BERICHTERSTATTUNG ÜBER GERECHTIGKEIT AUSGEZEICHNET

27-11-2014

VICTOR COZMEI FÜR BERICHTERSTATTUNG ÜBER GERECHTIGKEIT AUSGEZEICHNET

KAS UNTERSTÜTZT RUMÄNISCHEN WETTBEWERB TJA Bei einer Gala am 26. November in Bukarest übergab Christian Spahr, Leiter des KAS-Medienprogramms Südosteuropa, den Preis "The Young Journalist of the Year" (TJA) an den Journalisten Victor Cozmei von Hotnews.ro. Der TJA-Journalistenwettbewerb wird von Freedom House Rumänien organisiert und von der KAS unterstützt. Cozmei wurde in der Kategorie "Justiz und Rechtsstaat" für seinen Artikel "Rumänien, Paradies für verurteilte Anwälte" ("România, raiul avocaților condamnați penal") ausgezeichnet. Dieser befasst sich mit der Toleranz für Korruption im Rechtssystem – in rumänischen Gerichten üben viele wegen Korruption verurteilte Anwälte ihren Beruf weiterhin aus. Cozmei führte tiefgehende Recherchen zu diesem Thema durch und befragte alle Beteiligten. Die Jury schätzte sein außergewöhnliches persönliches Engagement und den Umfang seiner journalistischen Recherche.

Public Procurement Corruption in Romania

13-11-2014

Public Procurement Corruption in Romania

Public procurement in Romania is a €17 billion market, but more than 60% of procedures are hit by complaints. A new project has highlighted fraud and irregularities in the system, and suggested how to improve the situation.

VP Biden emphasizes "profound” US interest in democracy and rule of law in Romania

14-02-2014

VP Biden emphasizes "profound” US interest in democracy and rule of law in Romania

According to a statement issued by the Office of the US Vice President, Joe Biden had a telephone call with Romanian President Traian Basescu to discus regional developments. Joe Biden expressed US ”appreciation for Romania’s continued contributions to NATO missions.

John KERRY - The aspirations of citizens from Central and Eastern Europe are trampled over by corrupt, oligarchic interests

04-02-2014

John KERRY - The aspirations of citizens from Central and Eastern Europe are trampled over by corrupt, oligarchic interests

John Kerry's recent remarks at Munich Security Conference: "We see a disturbing trend in too many parts of Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

WATCHDOG

01-02-2016

CVM Report praises justitiecurata.ro

CVM Report praises justitiecurata.ro

The European Commission published on the 27th of January 2016 its annual report regarding the progress made by Romania in the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM). It recognized the importance of the civil society in documenting and highlighting corruption problems, mentioning a number of projects held across the country by Freedom House Romania (FHR) and our partners from Expert Forum (EFOR) and the Romanian Centre for European Politics (RCEP) for the prevention of corruption in local administration and in the process of public procurement. Moreover, the report concretely mentioned the website of the “Justitie Curata” Initiative (FHR, EFOR, and RCEP) – justitiecurata.ro – which offers journalists from local publications a platform for publishing articles about public procurement and the activity of local administration, along with monitoring actions by specialty NGO’s (Grupul pentru Dialog Social, Freedom House România, Expert Forum, Institutul pentru Politici Publice, Centrul Român de Politici Europene) regarding the selection process for the Chief Prosecutor position of the Directorate for Investigation of Terrorism and Organised Crime (DIICOT). The report noted “a number of areas of continued progress showing signs of sustainability, notably through the action taken by the key judicial and integrity institutions to address high-level corruption and the increased professionalism in the judicial system as a whole”.

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