Ukraine’s resilience and the renewed sense of purpose in the liberal West With a winter milder than usual and almost over, a new sense of unity and confidence is visible these days in what Putin and his propagandists call “the collective West”. There is a relative stabilization on the energy markets after a very turbulent ···
EFOR has released its 2022 annual report on two relevant topics: energy and politics. Read the full report (only in Romanian) Who is to blame for energy prices? Myths and realities Energy prices have increased in Romania because they have risen across Europe, but also because we have adopted poor policies, such ···
In Romania, the public administration produces valuable data, but it is lost because no one collects it to monitor and improve public policy processes. For example, during the pandemic, the police applied sanctions, but we do not know exactly to whom and for what, because there was no interest in keeping a detailed record. This ···
The EFOR 2019 report outlines the results of a series of projects of the organisation and its partners on both components: measuring clientelism and combating strategic political misinformation. Clientelism can be powered either directly from public funds, as it is the case for financial transfers made by local authorities to the local governments for investment – which have been documented by us throughout recent years; or affecting strategic sectors through more subtle schemes, such as energy.
EFOR released the annual report on February 19th. We debated, together with more than 120 experts, representatives of public institutions and embassies, as well as journalists on clientelism policy, the performance of state-owned companies, appointment of the boards of regulators, as well as the effects of Moldovan propaganda on governance. Read the full report. Video: ···
We focused mainly on two important dimensions of the public sector: the transfers of funds for local development, which are the main source of investment in public infrastructure at sub-national level in Romania and all over Europe; and public companies (State Owned Enterprises, SOEs). The distribution of investment funds in the territory (plus the subsequent ···
2016 brings two important goals for the government, regarding the rule of law: the appointment of persons at the top of the judiciary system and the organization of local and parliamentary elections. In the first case, stability and continuity must be ensured, in other words fewer institutional changes and a competent and transparent selection of ···
The economic forecast for 2015
The experts consulted by us concluded that in 2015 the economic growth remains modest, as modest as the economy of EU partners allows it. Cutting the investments was the biggest mistake of the past year. At the same time, the instability of the fiscal policy is also to be blamed, which was conducted in a dilettante manner, with tax increases insufficiently explained in the first part of year, and a shock cut of CAS that was strongly motivated by the elections in the second part that is now creating problems.
On Feb 6, at 11.00, at Hilton Hotel, Bucharest, together with our special guest Andrei Plesu, we launch EFOR’s annual report analyzing the most important developments from the last year and making forecasts. In brief, the year 2013 confirmed the public’s worst expectations from 2012: it ended in a flurry of attempts by the ···