03.10.2011:”How Can Romania Meet European Requirements in the Field of Energy? Three Scenarios.” de Corina Murafa

The European Commission has just launched a new infringement procedure against Romania for failing to transpose the Third Energy Package on time. The Commission is demanding swift and rapid reforms. In a new SAR Policy Brief, Corina Murafa puts forward
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8.2011: “Tax on Home Ownership to Be Leveraged at Mkt Value?” by Sorin Ionita

Smack-dab in the middle of the summer holidays, while looking for income to supplement their budget, the Finance Ministry unearthed a 2006 SAR report in one of their drawers, showing how ownership taxation income can be supplemented, while also increasing
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09.2011: “The Faces of the Romanian Legal System” by Laura Stefan

One of the major deficiencies of the Romanian legal system is the slow speed of its procedures. Cases lag behind for years and years before various courts, while, in the case of the criminal system, punishing those who break the
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RAS Report on Romania’s Inefficient Spending of European Funds

For a state struggling to pay the pensions and salaries of its civil servants, Romania looks as if it’s living through an absurd drama. It has funds for various investments but is unable to make use of them. It must
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SAR Report 2011: “Beyond Perception. Has Romania’s Governance Improved after 2004?”

Romania and Bulgaria are facing problems in joining the Schengen area, the most important of which, in the eyes of the public, is corruption. Although both countries have vouched to enforce rule of law when they signed the adhesion treaty
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11.2010: “Guide for Filling in Assets and Interests Statements” (second edition) by SAR and ANI

The guide was published by the Romanian Academic Society and the National Integrity Agency, within the “Strenghtening the Capacity of the National Integrity Agency” project, funded via the Mantra KAP program of the Dutch Embassy to Romania, and the “Increasing
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11.2009 – “Romania – Moldova Economic Relations” by Independent Analitic Centre Expert Grop and SAR

Two NGOs, the Independent Analysis Center Expert‐Grup (Chisinau, Republic of Moldova)  and the Romanian Academic Society (SAR, Bucharest) have joined efforts in order to perform an X-ray of the economic relations between the Republic of Moldova and Romania, and to
› Continue reading Thursday September 22nd, 2011

9.2009: Policy briefs about the health system reformation

The financial crisis drastically reduced the budget for the health system in 2009, with 20% in comparison to 2008. The funds were enough only for the first nine months of the year and in the last trimester expenses were made
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Citizens for Energy – First Assessment of the Romanian Energy Regulator ANRE

May 2009 In our “Citizens for Energy” watchdog project financed by Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) we prepared the first independent assessment of the Romanian energy regulator ANRE. The assessment is based on a World Bank methodology and identifies issues
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05.2010: SAR reports to the European Parliament on Restitution of Property in the Balkans (Download Report)

The biggest ignored policy issue in transition countries – the post-Communist restitution of property, be it in the form of land, buildings, forests or financial compensation – was analyzed by the Romanian Academic Society (SAR) on a contract with the European Parliament. Mobilizing our
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