Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

REPORT: The old and new Romanian Superior Council of Magistracy

On November 1st, 2010, the Romanian Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) changed its composition. The judges and prosecutors from all over Romania elected their new representatives in the body constitutionally designed to protect the independence of the judiciary. The Rule of Law Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung tried to follow the latest developments of the most important institution in the process of reforming the Romanian justice system. Enclosed you can find our latest report in English.

Report on the Current Status of Bulgaria and Romania's Judicial System

New positive developments and need for further reforms in the judicial systems of Bulgaria and Romania

Here you can access the newest report of the Rule of Law Program South East Europe on the new developments, the progresses but also the need for future reform in the judicial systems of Bulgaria and Romania. Report is available only in German.

Romania's "Small Reform" of the Judicial System

Report available only in German

After EU's critical reports published this year, Romanian independent Minister of Justice Catalin Marian Predoiu initialized a so-called "small reform" of the judicial system. In the latest report of the KAS-RLPSEE, you can find out more on the content of this reform and on the latest developments in the Romanian justice system.

The Short History of the Romanian Lustration Law

The Rule of Law Program South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung released a country report on the Romanian Lustration Law. Entitled "A Short History of the Romanian Lustration Law", the report deals with general information regarding lustration in Romania, the provision of the Law and the relation between lustration and the constitutional adjudication. For more information, you can download the document here.

The Current Status of the Romanian National Integrity Agency

Timeline and developments

Short report on the developments regarding the Romanian National Integrity Agency, as off July 2nd, 2010.

Quo vadis bulgarische Justizreform?

Eine Zwischenbilanz nach einem halben Jahr Amtszeit der neuen Regierung und 3 Jahren Mitgliedschaft Bulgariens in der EU

Die Europäische Kommission wird voraussichtlich noch im März 2010 ihren nächsten Zwischenbericht zu den Fortschritten veröffentlichen, die Bulgarien und Rumänien auf dem Gebiet Justiz sowie Bekämpfung von Korruption und organisierter Kriminalität seit dem Beitritt dieser Länder zur Europäischen Union im Jahr 2007 erzielt haben. Der hier veröffentlichte Bericht „Quo vadis bulgarische Justizreform“ bilanziert, wo Bulgarien nach einem guten halben Jahr Amtszeit der neuen Regierung und drei Jahren Mitgliedschaft Bulgariens in der Europäischen Union im Bereich Justiz/Justizreform steht.

Independence of the Justice System in Romania and Dealing with the Past

On the election of the new president of Romania's Superior Council of Magistracy - A report

On the 11th of January 2010 the members of Romania's Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) elected Judge Florica Bejinariu as the new president of the self-governing body of the justice system. According to the constitution, the Council has the mandate to guarantee the independence of the justice system. The election was harshly critizised by legal professional associations, but also prominent non-governmental organisations because of the collaboration of the judge with the former Romanian state security service, Securitate. More on this subject in our report (only in German).

Integrity Agency With Integrity Issues?

An analysis of recent developments regarding the work of the National Integrity Agency and National Integrity Council

In the past several months, post-accession monitoring in Romania has been focused, for good reason, on the financial crisis of the Romanian justice system. As a result, important developments regarding the work of the National Integrity Agency, in particular the challenges to the credibility of ANI and the National Integrity Council, have received too little public attention. The remaining shortcomings regarding the work of these institutions are manifold and complex. Therefore, a closer look at recent developments with regard to their work is justified.

What Is Left of the Fight against Corruption in Romania?

A Critical Analysis in Light of the Recent Parliament Elections

December 9 marks the date on which awareness for a global phenomenon is raised world-wide. The talk is about corruption. Corruption undermines the institutions and values of democracy, ethical values and justice and jeopardizes sustainable development and the rule of law (UN Convention against Corruption).

Different Signals for the Opening of Criminal Law Investigation against High-Ranking Politicians

Red Light for Nastase (PSD) and Mitrea (PSD), Green Light for Seres (PC) and Pacuraru (PNL)

On 3rd of September, the Romanian Parliament is going back to work. However, the parliamentarians of the Carpatian country have not been idle during the summer break: the members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate had to decide in extracurricular sessions on 13th and 16th of August, whether they will withdraw the immunity of four current and former ministers, thus enabling criminal law investigation on suspicion of high-ranking corruption.