Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Corruption Probes Soar In Romania

BalkanInsight.com

26 February 2008
Bucharest _ Romania's Anti-corruption Department, DNA, investigated and prosecuted 60% more high public officials in 2007 than the previous year, a DNA report said Tuesday.

DNA prosecutors were investigating more than 3,300 cases in 2007, closing 2,070 of them. So 415 persons were indicted for committing 958 types of offences.

The most common corruption charge was bribery in 125 cases, but also counterfeiting, in 121 probes.

In 2006, seven parliamentary deputies, one minister, two state secretaries, two presidents of local councils, two mayors and a DNA prosecutor were investigated and indicted on corruption charges, according to a report published by Transparency International Romania in May 2007. Read more: http://www.birn.eu.com/en/84/15/3068/

Surveys show many Romanians link most of their nation’s problems, from pot-holed streets to a lack of foreign investment, to corruption, nepotism and red tape.

The reform drive has lost steam since entry into the European Union in January 2007, which was followed by deepening feuds among the major parties and a split in the ruling centrist coalition in spring 2007.

According to Transparency International’s corruption perception index in its May 2007 report, Romania remains the most corrupt country in the EU, despite some progress made since 2004.

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