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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.

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Fraud often begins when tenders are written 

Often those who write the technical specifications of tenders play a key role in the corruption schemes for public procurement, the Chief Prosecutor of the Anti-Corruption Directorate of Romania (DNA) Laura Codruța Kövesi told EurActiv Romania.

Confiscation of criminal profits reluctantly applied in Romania 

The European Commission considers confiscation a strategic priority in the fight against organised crime and corruption. However, Bucharest is still hesitant to introduce this practice.

Romanian NGOs request PP oversight 

Public procurement should be monitored in real time by civil society, in order to detect violations, the director of Freedom House Romania has recommended.

Fraud complainants in Romania face €100,000 bill

Romanian public procurement legislation was modified significantly this year by the government, which introduced restrictive conditions for lodging a complaint against suspected fraud.

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.

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07-07-2017

The Romanian Fiscal Agency's Raid on RISE Project – An Attempt to Intimidate the Press

The Romanian Fiscal Agency's Raid on RISE Project – An Attempt to Intimidate the Press

We are deeply concerned about the Romanian Agency for Fiscal Administration's (ANAF) raid on the reputed investigative journalism platform RISE Project, which we feel was an attempt to intimidate and silence the press. The context in which this “random” ANAF inspection took place (on Thursday, July 6th, exactly on the day when the journalists were announcing the publication of a new episode from their investigative report series regarding the PSD leader and the second day after Liviu Dragnea had publicly cast doubt upon the sources of RISE Project’s financing), as well as the unconvincing explanations of the ANAF leadership indicate that we are dealing with a show of force meant to pressure journalists and the free press through a state-run body. Such practices are often met in the former Soviet space controlled by Vladimir Putin and in Recep Tayyp Erdogan’s Turkey and they are incompatible with the values of a member state of the European Union and of NATO.

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