Expert Forum is a Romanian Think-Tank well known for its anti-corruption programs, good governance, and civic engagement projects. We are a registered Romanian nonprofit organization, fully transparent and active for more than ten years. You can read more about our projects here. Our focus in this conflict is to help our Ukrainian neighbors. ···
About the database The Electoral Recommendations Database (https://expertforum.ro/recomandari-electorale) contains recommendations or commitments regarding the electoral process and political financing, based on evaluations made by national or international organizations and institutions, which take into account agreements or other international documents to which Romania has adhered or ratified. The recommendations were made by Expert Forum, FiecareVot (a ···
EFOR has already published in 2021 an analysis on the implementation of the National Local Development Program (PNDL). We continue to research its implementation and status in March 2022. In this report we look at how the implementation of projects has progressed, what data is available and point out any measures taken to make the program ···
The Hungarian Media Landscape is dominated by pro-FIDESZ narratives mainly due to its dependency on Budapest funds. In the last three years, the Transylvanian Media Space Association received a grant of 20 million euros from the Hungarian government. Through the support the association became by far the largest media trust in the Hungarian press ···
Hungarians are the largest ethnic minority in Romania: at the latest census (2011) they represented 6.1% of the total population of the country of 20.1 million. A new census is going on in 2022, but the proportion is likely to stay roughly the same since the demographic decline occurred uniformly in most ethnic ···
CHINA’S REACTION TO THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE Our partner, Leonid Litra, Senior Analyst at New Europe Center published an analysis of China’s reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Without changing the rhetoric on the Russian-Ukrainian war, Chinese state-owned financial institutions have quietly distanced themselves from Russia. Read the full ···
Views from the East on Beijing’s influence in the Black Sea region BULGARIA Analysis by the Bulgarian Institute for legal Initiative (BILI) Bulgaria went through a significant political shift of powers in 2021. After more than a decade-long ruling of the center-right party GERB, the year was marked by two provisional governments, appointed by ···
Views from the East on Beijing’s influence in the Black Sea region UKRAINE How much risk is China willing to take for the sake of Russia. The coordination between Moscow and Beijing, as viewed from Kyiv by Leonid Litra, Senior Research Fellow, New Europe Center, think tank from Kyiv Russia’s relations with China are something ···
EFOR is launching the #baniipartidelor (money of the political parties) campaign, which aims to explain how political parties are funded, how election campaigns are conducted, which institutions perform oversight, how transparency is ensured and what are the main issues related to money in politics.
EFOR joined EU and Hungarian civil society organisations to request the OSCE participating States, and particularly those within the EU, to honour the recommendations made by OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and second long-term and short-term election observers to the full Election Observation Mission to the parliamentary elections in Hungary on ···
The project starts from the lack of coherence and transparency in the development of public policies at the local level, which is correlated with the lack of politically assumed, visible initiatives aimed at opening data to the public in key sectors such as public investment, energy/public heating, party funding or health.
In 2021 we published over 30 reports on a wide range of topics: from elections to PNRR, Saligny, justice or energy. And we have taken public positions on equally diverse topics: political subsidies, open data, infrastructure, health, justice, access to public information, the NGO sector and much more. We set out to make transparent the way the ···
Update – 28 December 2021 The Save Romania Union challenged the budget law at the Constitutional Court. The CC decided that the budget law is constitutional, but the articles referring to the subsidies for PPUSL was suspended until Law 334/2006 is also amended accordingly. The signatories of this letter are protesting against the approval in ···