Conclusions of the monitoring mission

Report on the constitutional referendum monitoring mission

FiecareVot Coalition has observed the constitutional referendum organized on the 6th and 7th of October with 841 independent observers, both in the country and abroad, mostly in polling stations in Europe. During the 2 days of voting, hundreds of irregularities have been identified through call center 0800 080 200, Code4Romania’s Monitorizare Vot smartphone application and ···

Arguments beyond populism

There can be no Constitutional referendum in October or November, in Romania

The PSD-ALDE government uses the controversial referendum to amend the Constitution as a permanent populist instrument for electoral campaigning that constantly stirs the spirits. The party leaders have successfully leveraged the subject and threatened on several occasions that they would hold the referendum. Law 3/2000, which regulates the organization of the referendum, has been a ···

Romania, Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova

National Energy Regulators: A Comparative Assessment

The following report analyzes the capacity (governance and performance) of energy (gas and electricity) regulators in Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine and “benchmarks” them to the Romanian energy regulator. Energy regulators in countries that follow EU’s Energy Directives of the Third Energy Package – EU members, as well as members of the Energy Community and countries ···

State-Owned Companies – Preventing Corruption and State Capture

A Comparative Assessment – Performance vs Governance of SOEs in Romania, Italy, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic

Can we measure corruption and capture in state-owned companies, beyond impressions, opinion polls and indicators of compliance with governance standards? Is there a way in which we can gauge the level of resources that are misused or simply wasted, can we compare across countries and in time, and is there a correlation between the governance ···

Costs of clientelism for the local administration and state owned enterprises

EFOR 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 ···

The analysis of EU and Romanian infrastructure funds

EFOR policy brief # 61, Money and Politics – the links between public procurement and political parties

EFOR published PB # 61, Money and Politics – the links between public procurement and political parties. The report analyzes the extent to which national and European infrastructure funds are politicized and used as an clientelistic instrument. We analyzed millions of procurement procedures  and decisions to allocate funds from the Romanian Operational Programs, including Regional, Transport ···

the electricity interconnection between Romania and Moldova

The Bridge over the Prut, version 2.0

Yesterday we launched in Chisinau, together with our Moldovan colleagues from Expert Grup, the report “The bridge over the Prut, version 2.0: electricity interconnection between Romania and Moldova”. Participants included representatives of the EU Delegation in Chisinau, companies, embassies, international donors, experts, media. The main findings of the conference: The interconnections with Romania, both on gas ···

The fate of national money for local development

Money and procurement 2: where did the contracts for local investments end up?

EFOR continues the research concerning the way in which procurement was made from the National Local Development Programme (PNDL). The funds allocated through PNDL are meant for the development of local infrastructure, such as roads, water supply, water treatment plants, sewerage, construction of sports facilities or modernization and construction of public buildings. Although the funds ···