Two analysts, one to the south of the Danube, another from the north of the river, study the problems that their countries have when tens of billions of European funds are going to be absorbed. The “Yes, Bulgaria” party and the USR-PLUS alliance claim that the money needed for the post-COVID period risks being spent by old politicians through the clientelist networks for syphoning of public resources
Vladimir Mitev, Sorin Ioniţă
This article was published on 11th November 2020 on the Libertatea website.
After the US presidential elections and before the parliamentary elections of March 2021 in Bulgaria, the big question in Sofia is who inherits the mantle of partnership with the West and, especially, who will manage the billions of euros from the EU recovery fund. Nobody wants to leave the oven when the pancakes are baking, as they say.
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
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 telegraful.netwebsite, 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”.