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Romania seeks to tackle graft

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Romania seeks to tackle graft


Romania is trying to crack down on corruption.

The country finished in last place amongst all EU countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index in 2014.

Bucharest’s top anti-graft prosecutor has gone after top politicians amid international pressure.

“Our biggest success is the fact that we got convictions in corruption cases which have been investigated in recent years, high-level corruption cases in which have been involved people with important functions. I am talking about a former prime minister of Romania, about former ministers, senators, deputies, judges, presidents of county councils,” said Laura Codruța Kövesi, the head of National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA).

High level arrests include brother of the former president Traian Basescu, and ex-prime minister Adrian Nastase.

“They are asking me or others, how did you do this anti corruption prosecutors office? Whats the key of the success? People are very important. Who we appoint there. And they want to do it now, they want to do in Bulgaria, in other countries,” said Monica Macovei, a centre-right MEP from Romania.

An EU report in January welcomed the moves but urged Romania to stick to the same course when it comes to tackling corruption.

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