The minister of Regional Development and Public Administration (MDRAP), Liviu Dragnea said yesterday in a conference on the National Anticorruption Strategy, held at the Palace of the Parliament, that there is a firm political will of the government to implement efficient anticorruption measures, with concrete effects, throughout the entire system of central and local public administration. In his opinion, a well-conceived, closely monitored and well implemented anticorruption strategy, with real effects, is beneficial to the country both at home and abroad. “Anticorruption measures with concrete effects, above all, give foreign and Romanian investors the guarantee of a fair and transparent competition between economic agents in Romania, while on the other hand Romanian citizens have the satisfaction of being provided quality public services in correct conditions. Rapidly enforcing these anticorruption mechanisms, first in the public administration, is among the important measures aimed at overcoming the economic crisis we are going through,” Dragnea said.
He added that the ministry he is heading grants a particular attention to this strategy and he created within MDRAP an anticorruption service which will implement this action plan in the central and local public administration. “We began a very good collaboration with the business environment, in order to receive the demands and proposals made by serious entrepreneurs from all over the country, who want to become involved in this anticorruption sector and, with this regard, we made a partnership with an important structure of the business environment, Romanian Business Leader, we already established a workgroup,” the minister explained.Speaking about the recommendations included in the latest MCV reports of the EC, the deputy premier said that MDRAP supports the Ministry of Justice (MJ) in continuing the activities that received positive appreciation in the latest report of the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification with regard to increasing the participation of local authorities in the strategy.
Dragnea signed yesterday, jointly with MJ state secretary Ovidiu Putura, a collaboration accord on the National Anticorruption Strategy, in view of implementing measures against corruption at the level of local authorities. The object of the collaboration aims at implementing anticorruption actions with regard to the projects financed from European funds, through the Regional Operational Programme ‘Development of the administrative capacity.’Attending the event, the president of the National Integrity Agency (ANI), Horia Georgescu said that the fight against corruption through administrative means, waged by the Agency, is crucial for sending a signal of confidence, given the precarious state of the Romanian economy and attracting foreign investment is very important. In her turn, the president of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), Livia Stanciu said that sometimes the corrupted and corruptors rely on the “carelessness, fear, silence and sometimes the complicity of others,” and “many corrupted and corruptors try to accuse everybody of corruption”.