Annual report

2023 annual report: One year of fighting. Lessons for the EU from Ukraine’s resilience and the energy sector

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 ···

Annual policy report

2021 annual report: The Fog of Governance. How Romania fails in using big data for modern policy processes

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 ···

Poor governance and manipulation through fake news in the region as a strategy of predatory elites

2019 ANNUAL REPORT: The revival of populism in Eastern Europe

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.

Costs of clientelism for the local administration and state owned enterprises

2018 annual report: The bazaar governance

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 ···

EFOR annual analysis and prognosis report

2015 EFOR annual report: political errors from 2014; what is to be done

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.