The report shows how Romania pays some of the most substantial national subsidies to political parties in the UE –37 million EUR in 2018 – and questions the rules that should be used to ensure transparency when spending the money.
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.
Case studies from Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Romania and Hungary The EU has been increasingly caught up in its own internal struggles over the past years – migration, populism, Brexit – and is facing fundamental challenges to its core principles and values from problematic member states such as Poland, Hungary or Romania. Russia stands only ···
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 ···
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 ···
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 ···
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 ···
The public press in Romania has been under constant pressure from politicians and has become increasingly dependent on the national budget over the past two years. In the private media companies the situation is similar. We analyze the most important developments related to political involvement in the Romanian press and their effects. More details in ···
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 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 ···