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International Anti-Corruption Day. Iohannis: Romania needs clear, predictable, just laws, for functional institutions. DNA: The pandemic context fuels corruption

President Klaus Iohannis, on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, on Thursday, sent a message highlighting that Romania needs clear, predictable, just laws, for functional institutions, to be able to work at full capacity to sanction law breaches.

“Strengthening the capacity of states to fight against corruption represents one of the defining challenges for current democracies. This phenomenon, which has crossed history and brought incalculable damage to the development of communities, has, in modernity, increasingly stronger effects. Corruption erodes societies and confidence in institutions, feeds poverty and inequalities, making public or private systems dysfunctional, it weakens state mechanisms and capacity to enforce laws and it distorts competition, directly affecting market economy. Fighting against this phenomenon is not only related to good governance, but is also directly linked with the future of our society, being, at the same time, a security risk,” the head of state says in the message.

He shows that most often corruption acts through diversion of public power and its employment in own or group benefit, pointing out that the sectors with significant financial stakes – public acquisitions, healthcare, education, justice – must, on a priority basis, be the ones where integrity is fully assumed in the organisational culture.

“Being aware and interiorising some values such as equity, justice, impartiality, honour, truth, professionalism, respect for rules are landmarks that must be transmitted inside families and in schools. They lay the foundation of some upright behaviours of citizens,” the head of state also says.

President Iohannis points out that the values that ground the draw-up of an anti-corruption normative framework are as topical and make up the moral plan guiding the development of Romania.

“The society’s condemnation, the lack of confidence granting and the lack of vote granting to some corrupt politicians, the civic attitude in front of any deviation from the standards of European integrity are as important aspects. Romania needs clear, predictable, just laws, for functional institutions, to be able to work at full capacity to sanction law breaches, and, most of all, a joint effort,” Iohannis stresses.

In spite of the health, economic or political challenges, he adds, Romania has remained a reference point in Eastern Europe due to the progress made in the rule of law area, and this must continue.

“I remain firmly committed in the development effort of the democratic path of our country, and I am deeply convinced that we can build a better future, as long as we seek support in the solid foundation of European values, integrity, justice and zero tolerance for corruption,” Iohannis concludes.

 

DNA: The pandemic context fuels corruption, there is major risk of money reaching the wrong hands

 

The pandemic context fuels corruption and there is a major risk that the money will not serve the right causes and be invested in the endowment of hospitals, in protective equipment, specialized equipment, products and medicines, but end up in the wrong hands instead, the DNA (National Anti-corruption Directorate) said in a message on the International Anti-corruption Day.

In a statement issued on Thursday, DNA states that December 9 has been declared the International Anti-Corruption Day by the United Nations Convention against Corruption, a document also ratified by Romania.

“Corruption threatens the entire democratic path of a society. Therefore, the fight against corruption must remain a major goal not only of criminal justice, but of the whole society through its representatives. Fighting corruption requires a strong social consensus, political will, human resources and logistics,” said the same source.

DNA maintains that it is up to the relevant forces in a society whether or not the International Anti-corruption Day will become the time to renew the commitment to fight back corruption: through education, prevention and combating.

In DNA’s view, it is unacceptable for the fight against corruption to be hampered by legislative, administrative obstacles or lack of resources.

On the other hand, the DNA considers that without transparency and decisive action by the authorities, the funds intended to fight the coronavirus epidemic risk being misappropriated.

“Like any crisis situation, the pandemic context fuels corruption. Consistent public funds are mobilized (…) Without decisive, concerted action by institutions, without transparency in the award of contracts, without clear rules for tracking the destination and use of money, there is an additional risk that the goal will be missed and money will not go where it needs to go, which is one more reason for anti-corruption to become a priority again. The creation of a de facto impunity for an important category of people in the face of possible suspicions of corruption is becoming a duty assumed before the citizens by the Romanian Government and Parliament,” says DNA.

 

Via Agerpres

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