Experts: New law may hinder anti-corruption efforts in Romania

Members of civil society in Romania are cautioning against recently passed amendments to a public administration law that they say will make it harder to enforce the country’s corruption laws.

The amendments allow mayors and county council heads to expand the group of subordinates to whom they can delegate official responsibilities, including signing contracts.

Elected officials in Romania are banned from involving their companies in contracts with the state and such conflicts of interests are regularly discovered by experts of the National Integrity Agency (ANI), the independent body that checks officials’ assets.

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