Codru Vrabie: The pre-2017 ”golden era” of anti-corruption in Romania was falsified

Codru Vrabie (photo: Vlad Stanciu, Asociation INK)

An interview with the expert of good governance about the false dilemma that Romania would be either the country of the prosecutors, or the country of the corrupted politicians, about the hope for social and judicial modernisation in Romania today, about the phenomenon Laura Köveşi, about the role of the future European prosecution in Eastern Europe and about the way Romanian anti-corruption looks like, when seen from Chişinău

Vladimir Mitev

Codru Vrabie is a civic activist, trainer and consultant on topics related to good governance, transparency, accountability and integrity in the public sector. He has contributed to many reforms in the judiciary and public administration of Romania. Vrabie has BAs in legal and political sciences (Romania, Bulgaria, the USA) and MAs in administrative sciences and European affairs (Romania, Netherlands, Spain). He has been working for various Romanian civil society organizations since 1998. In 2010, Vrabie started working with the “Leaders for Justice” programme, which was replicated in 2017 in the Republic of Moldova. In April 2018, Codru joined the team of the website, where he works on the podcast series ”Hypotheses” – a project of the ”Courage Ahead” Association (Curaj Înainte).

This article was published on 17 March on the Romanian section of the site „The Barricade”. 

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Vladimir Mitev: The political elite in Romania tries to neutralise the prosecutors

Interview broadcasted in the emission on international affairs ”Saturday 150” on the Bulgarian National Radio

Georgi Markov, Bulgarian National Radio

The succesive judicial reforms in Romania have provoked protests of magistrates and common people . The indignation was provoked by legislative modifications, which, acoording to experts increase the possibilities for political intervention in the functioning of the judicial system. The changes have also stirred criticism, coming from the EU and the USA, in the sense that these modifications threaten the rule of law. After all, the governmennt in Bucharest seems to be open to concessions and has announced that some propositions of the emergency decree 7 will be abrogated. All that happens, while this week the European Parliament has proposed Laura Koveşi – a symbolic person for the Romanian anti-corruption – as chief European prosecutor. We have invited for comments on these issues in our emission our colleague Vladimir Mitev – who knows the processes in Romania, having founded the site for news on Romania and Bulgaria ”The Bridge of Friendship” and being editor of the Romanian section of the site ”The Barricade”.

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