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Empowering Civil Society in the Fight against Corruption in South East Europe
 
SPAI regional conference
September 17-19, 2001
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Romania's Action Plan under Pillar 5

The Government and civil society representatives agree to support the following actions:

Public Attitudes

  • Publicise any actions and results of any domestic and international efforts in fighting corruption.
  • Conduct awareness campaign in form of public TV series of programmes dealing with corruption in different sectors, bringing together representatives of both sides prone to corruption.
  • Work on inclusion of corruption issues in school curricula.

Civil Liberties

  • Revise election law (on-going).
  • Draft and approve the new law on the right of association of journalists, including investigative ones.

Legal Environment for Civil Society

  • Amend the Ordinance on NGOs into a form of new law, and re-register the NGOs.
  • Introduce zero VAT on NGOs operations.

Civil Society Capacity

  • Complete two projects on citizen advice bureaux and NGO-local officers within regional administration throughout whole country.
  • Create and develop sectoral resource centres, primarily for anti-corruption and investigative journalist organisations.
  • Acquire the national importance status by key anti-corruption NGOs.

State of the Media

  • Revise the laws to end penalties for slander and libel; mediation of international organisation would best facilitate the action (OSCE).
  • Take action in order to secure independence of regulatory bodies, introduce new law against accumulation of ownership in communications/media business and possibly establish anti-monopoly body, reduce the number of required licences (a meeting to be organised).

Transparency in Government and Co-operation with Civil Society

  • Invite and involve the oversight institutions, namely Ombudsman and Court of Accounts, and the parliamentary committee dealing with corruption, to closer work together with other players, and strengthen these institutions.
  • Increase the Government capacity to inform, starting from internal co-ordination in this area, following with improvement of external coherent information. A strategy should be drafted.
  • Restructure the Social Economic Council.
  • Carefully look at the final text and later implementation of the new access to information law, to avoid unnecessary exclusions of information labelled as secret.
  • Increase the capacities for expertise, establish rosters of experts and a think-tank, preferably under the governmental office dealing with NGOs, in order to support civil society initiatives.
  • Draft and approve codes of conducts in civil service, business, NGOs.
  • Draft and approve conflict of interest law.
  • Ensure NGOs' monitoring possibility and assistance in public procurement procedures.
  • Assist in any possible way the newly established national anti-corruption body.
  • Train judges in international law provisions.
  • Make it possible for NGOs to participate in new laws preparatory process.
 
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