Beyond the legal details of the restitution process, two characteristics define Romania as an unique state in the Central and Eastern Europa:
- indecision regarding compensations, in nature or equivalent, so that successive laws, produced and implemented for more than a decade, created confusion and overlapped rights
- Large-scale abuse at local and central levels, favored by laws with loopholes and irregular judicial practice, visible through the huge discrepancies among restitution indicators, from one county to another
SAR initiated the first analysis with numeric indicators regarding the situation of restitutions, which shows who is at fault and why.
The scope of the project was the improvement of capacities for the local public administration towards implementing public policies.
The specific objective was to evaluate the situation for three indicators: performance, transparency and responsiveness by utilizing a test-case applied at a national level.
Starting from the evaluation, SAR identified and promoted the best modalities to increase the local capacity in relation to the three aspects, through consultation and advocacy.
- Evaluating the local administration through a test-case. The activity included documentation and data collection, through interviews, data analysis and interpretation and publishing the report
- Round table for consulting stakeholders
- Advocacy activities for promoting the recommendations: preparing the activity, meetings with key decision factors, workshop, disseminating publications, disseminating results to mass media
Implementation period: December 2007 – September 2008