Ana Otilia Nuțu

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Policy analyst on energy and infrastructure, state-owned companies, regulators. She works as a consultant for the World Bank on public administration reform. She also provides consultancy in the private sector for investors concerning policies and regulations in energy and transport. She analyzes EU-financed programs in energy and transport.
Otilia is a founding member at EFOR and handles energy-related projects: she organizes debates in Bucharest and locally on market liberalization and corruption in the sector, monitors the quality of regulations and the governance of the regulator and the corporate governance of state owned companies. She often appears in media with analyses and commentaries on energy and infrastructure. She currently coordinates EFOR’s good governance projects in the energy sector covering several countries in the region (Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, Georgia). She is currently EU coordinator of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, WG3 – Energy and environment and Member of the Steering Committee of the EaP CSF.

Otilia graduated Finance and Banking – BA at the Academy of Economic Sciences (Bucharest) and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the Central European University (Budapest).

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 ···

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 ···

La corruption, enjeu des législatives roumaines

VIDÉO – Les élections législatives en Roumanie, ce dimanche, pourraient permettre aux électeurs d’évincer les candidats les plus corrompus. Malheureusement, les principaux partis semblent gangrenés par ce mal. Un vote pour chasser la corruption. Les élections législatives en Roumanie, ce dimanche 11 décembre, offrent l’occasion aux Roumains d’élever un rempart contre la corruption qui gangrène ···

Interconnecting Moldova’s energy sector: how can we help?

Moldova depends 100% on the Russian gas and 80% on the electricity produced in Transnistria based also on Russian gas. In 2014, Romania and Moldova launched with great fanfare an interconnector (Iasi-Ungheni) that promised a relevant alternative to Gazprom for Moldovan consumers. A year and a half later, the pipe is used far below capacity, covering ···

Foregone Opportunities: How Romanian State-Owned Companies Burden Public Budgets

Despite 25 years of reforms towards a market economy, the Romanian public sector companies remain a major fiscal and economic burden. When poorly governed, such companies distort the competition in various markets. They may purchase overpriced supplies or sell goods and services at below market prices, in contracts concluded non-competitively with preferential partners. By such deals, ···

How the Government sticks the finger in the socket

In a renewed effort to keep inefficient power plants going, the government issued an Ordinance which simply blows up the whole energy market. Shrewdly disguised as a matter of “security of electricity supply” (a “strategic” objective, of course), the Ordinance does nothing to help system security, but allows bankrupt power plants to survive together with ···

Do we still need an agreement with the IMF?

More and more public commentators say there is no need to sign a new agreement with the IMF. Most recently, even the president of the Senate, Crin Antonescu, reasserted these days the PNL position from 2006-2008, namely that Romania does not need assistance from international partners such as the IMF, which brings austerity and hampers ···

Energy Watchdogs – What To Do in Your Country?

Our watchdog project in energy in Romania, started in 2010 under SAR and continued in 2012 under Expert Forum, was quite successful in improving some issues of governance in the energy sector, to the extent this is possible in a very corrupt environment.  Some of our recommendations were implemented in the laws; issues of public ···