Promoting a competitive, correct and corruption-free business milieu is one of the specific objectives of the Romanian government and we are confident that Romania is capable to contribute substantially to the anti-bribery efforts of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Romanian Justice Minister Raluca Pruna said in a speech at the ministerial meeting on the Anti-Bribery Convention and its role in the global fight against corruption organized by the OECD on Wednesday in Paris.
“Over the past years, Romania advanced from passing laws and policies to guaranteeing their enforcement. The international assessments, as well as our own, irrefutably confirm that we have recorded consistent outcomes in combating corruption, both in the public and in the private sector. Moreover, we work closely to several OECD jurisdictions in the tracking and recovery of damages resulting from corruption and organized crime. We do seize annually over one half of a billion euro and our main bodies, the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), the National Integrity Agency or the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism are recognized for their solid partnership and given as examples for the best practices at international level,” said minister Pruna.
In her address, she restated the Romanian government’s intention to actively work for securing the membership of the OECD, as well as to participate in the Working Group on Bribery, in order to integrate into the organisation’s Anti-Bribery Convention.
According to the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry website (www.mae.ro), Romania’s adhesion to the OECD is a strategic target of Romania’s foreign policy, included in the governing programme 2013-2016. This goal depends on several factors, among which the organisation’s expanding process, the fulfilment of the membership criteria by the candidates (the existence of a market economy and a functional democracy, the economic dimension and importance of the candidate state, the principle of the mutual benefit for the OECD and the candidate state, a benefit that results from the adhesion of the latter to the organization, global considerations referring to ensuring the geographic balance among the organisation’s members) and the political consensus of the OECD members regarding our country’s candidacy (the political support of all members of the organization for Romania’s membership).
By virtue of its membership of the European Union, Romania meets the OECD membership criteria, given that the acquis communautaire enforced by the Romanian state is inspired from this organisation’s recommendations. Romania is currently enjoying a favourable general appreciation by the OECD, especially owing to its relevant position in the region, its constructive involvement in the OECD’s works, and its economic development potential.