Monitoring county councils on conflicts of interests and incompatibilities

Even though lately regulations have been adopted in order to reduce the level of corruption in the public administration, their local implementation has proved to be difficult. The main cause of this phenomenon is the number of 3000 constituencies (and their monitoring is not facile), but also due to the recent evolutions in the local media. Although a significant number of law breakings are known, only a few become public. The local media is controlled in a significant percentage by the politicians in power in that region. Also, when journalists try to publish their investigations, they are pressed to give up. Furthermore, the authorities do not act to solve the problems.

The scope of the project was to monitor local official elected in county councils regarding incompatibilities and conflicts of interest and county councils presidents all over the country. A number of 315 councilors from 9 counties have been monitored and 31 did not meet the criteria. 15 presidents did not meet the integrity criteria.

Complementary, as the presidents were elected directly (uninominal), 150 candidates were monitored according to the criteria of the Coalition for a Clean Government – corruption, conflicts of interest, political transit, collaboration with the Security – and 54 did not meet the criteria. In nine counties, the candidates that were shown on CCG lists lost the election, although they were favorites. The counties were: Bihor, Bistrita-Nasaud, Botosani, Cluj, Galati, Giurgiu, Mehedinti, Timis si Tulcea.

The activity of the Coalition was quoted in the EC’s report from 23rd July, 2008/

Financed by: Open Society Institute, Global Opportunity Fund



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