RAS researcher, Valentina Dimulescu, participated in the policy advocacy workshop entitled “Countering Corruption and State Capture for Transparent Energy Governance in SEE” organized within the SELDI project. The event took place in Belgrade from April 27 to April 28 2015.
The event marked the beginning of SELDI’s work in delivering anti-corruption solutions in the energy sector in Southeast Europe. The sector has been identified in SELDI’s Regional Anti-Corruption Report as one of the highest corruption risk areas in the region. State capture threats have raised concerns about the region’s capacity to implement EU energy-sector regulations, but have also made the countries vulnerable to illegitimate and/or criminal inside and outside pressure.
Ms Dimulescu held a presentation on recent developments in Romania vis-a-vis the activity of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) and discussed the remaining technical and political challenges in the anticorruption sphere, such as recouping the financial damages, the willingness of MPs to vote in favour of lifting their colleagues’ immunity, the implementation of extended confiscation of illegally obtained assets, maintaining the institutional stability of the anti-corruption bodies, etc. Ms. Dimulescu also presented some of the conclusions of an analysis performed under the ANTICORRP project on corruption risks in the Romanian public procurement construction sector. For instance, in the period 2007-2013, about 21% of single bidding contracts went to “favored” firms. Another RAS research, entitled the Map of County-level Corruption , which focused on a quantitative analysis of medium and high-level corruption cases handled by DNA prosecutors from 2010-2014 showed that public officials with decision making power tend to receive a suspended sentence for corruption crimes in comparison to lower ranking public officials, and that EU funds frauds are among the most common grounds for which (vice)mayors and local councillors have been convicted.
Further information on the workshop can be accessed here.