Romanian Secret Services uses European Funding for mass surveillance project disguised as eGovernment
The Romanian Secret Service (SRI) is granted European funding in order to acquire software and hardware for “consolidating and assuring interoperability between information systems”. In translation this means a mass surveillance project where SRI and other public institutions would potentially have unlimited access to personal data collected and integrated in a large scale Big Brother system.
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, The Organization Promoting the Alternative Transportation in Romania, Rencontres du Patrimoine Europe-Roumanie, Pro_Do_Mo Association, Greener Association, Resource Center for Public Participation, Association for Urban Developmen, The Ecopolis Centre for Sustainable Policies, The Landscape Architects Association of Romania - Bucharest Branch would like to bring to your attention the Bucharest City Hall’s misleading information that are currently posted on the official page of the European Mobility Week.
Today, June 6, 2013, citizens of Romania have shown their solidarity with Turkey’s protesters. Bearing in mind the recent events from many cities in Turkey, we arein front of the Turkish Embassy to give our message of solidarity with the citizens that are now defending their freedom of expression right as a reaction to the Government lack of consideration for this value.
A measure supported by ActiveWatch: The Rosia Montana Cultural Foundation contests the referendum in Alba County
Rosia Montana Cultural Foundation considers the referendum organised in 35 localities in Alba County in December 9 to be nothing but a device by the Rosia Montana Gold Corporation intended to exert pressure on governmental institutions to support the mining exploitation project in Rosia Montana and to hurry a favourable decision regarding this controversial project.
Letter of protest: Non-governmental organisations contest the Senate's decision
- The Senate of Romania doesn't make the distinction between civil society and civilians
After the Senate's vote from November, 20th, 2012, the 18 organisations that supported the candidacy of lawyer Mr. Antonie Popescu for the position of the civil society's representative in the Superior Council of Magistracy decided to bring to the attention of the public the following:
Code red of freezing european financed projects: governmental irresponsability and big delays of payments
Mr. Vice Prime-minister Florin Georgescu,
We invite you to take into account the danger that a significant number of projects financed through OPHRD might be terminated. So far as the Managing Authority continues to delay refundment, the implementors of these projects find themselves in the impossibility to use their own funds to continue the activities. Thus, we request that you immediately resume the payments for these projects, as it's the member state's responsibility to insure that implementation goes forward and the contracts are respected.
We'd like to inform you that today, November 9th 2012, ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, organisation in the field of human rights that militates for free communication of public interest, put up, at Romania's Standing Bureau of the Senate, the candidacy of Mr. Antonie Popescu as the civil society's representative in the Superior Council of Magistracy.
COMUNITATEDURABILA.RO - the first community of practice for sustainable development in Romania - asks the Government to reduce its impact on the environment and to conserve resources through the adoption of a Law on Green Public Procurement.
The signers of this protest - people and NGOs - took notice in dismay of the appointment of senator Dan Sova from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) as the Minister for Relations with the Parliament.
There was a concerted attack against democracy and the rule of law in the last two months. It's obvious that the new political parties in power learned neither from the errors of their predecessors, nor from the demonstrations' message from January 2012.
The signing organisations protest against the danger that NGOs could be dissolved at the request of public authorities.
On Monday, June 18th, more than a year since the start of the Syran revolution, it was for the first time ever representatives of the Syrian opposition met officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a diplomatic visit.
On September 6th, 2011, Romania acceded to the international initiative "Open Government Partnership" (OGP). This initiative promoted by the President of the United States and the President of Brasil, to which seventy countries have already acceded, encourages accountability, transparency and civic participation in the act of government by making public data accessible so that they can be creatively used by citizens for the purpose of optimizing the act of government and stimulating economical development.
In a special edition dedicated to the voting in progress, the OTV Channel launched an opinion poll in the early hours of the morning to which viewers were invited to answer the question "Will the 'boyar' mayors be cast away from your town today at 9 p.m.?"
Platform for Bucharest launches the Pact for Bucharest 2 on Tuesday, May 29th, at Carturesti, starting at 6 p.m. The document presents the main development directions which, in the opinion of the NGOs Coalition's representatives, Bucharest should implement in the next 4 years.
The signing organisations would like to protest against the proposal to amend the Constitution, which is set to be discussed and possibly enacted this Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 in the Chamber of Deputies, in the sense of extending from 24 to 48 hours the period when a person can be detained.
We request the rejection of the draft law on data retention - Pl-x 10/2012 - section 10 on the agenda of the Chamber of Deputies meeting, Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
This document's signing organisations have repeatedly shown that the European Directive 2006/24/EC on the retention of data in regard to international communication and its implementation in Romania constitute a serious violation of the citizens' right to privacy.
The signing non-guvernamental organisations consider that the draft law initiated by the Government on giving compensations to citizens whose properties were abusively confiscated produces major disparities and damages rights provided by the Romanian Constitution.
By ignoring international and local standards on fair elections, electoral opponents already started the political campaign, although the law does not allow them to reveal their platforms and political principles. Moreover, public authorities, both local and national, use funds from the state budget for election advertising, an action which is immoral and also illegal. We believe, based on our precedent election experiences, that in the following period these kind of practices will increase, thus affecting the quality of the voting system.
We express dismay and concern in regard to PDL and USL leaders' latest declarations concerning the implementation of the single-round majority uninominal vote system in this year's parliamentary elections.
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency considers that the draft law which forces citizens to vote on election days is the wrong solution for the low turnout in Romania
Actions specific to the secret police against a civic activist
The signing organisations condemn the intimidation tactics of the Arges County Police Inspectorate against Mihai Bumbes, the president of the the "Spiritual Militia Civic Movement" Organisation, known for his involvement in several civic actions in recent years.
Point of view in regard to the draft law on the retention of data generated or processed by the public communications networks and the electronic communications services
This document's signing organisations have repeatedly shown that the European Directive 2006/24/EC on the retention of data in regard to international communication and its implementation in Romania constitute a serious violation of the citizens' right to privacy.
Yesterday, February 6th, 2012, seventeen non-guvernamental organisations met with representatives of the political parties. The invitation to open discussions issued to all the political parties in the Parliament was honoured by the USL leaders Victor Ponta, Crin Antonescu, Daniel Constantin, Titus Corlatean, Mihai Voicu, Corina Cretu and Ecaterina Andronescu, but also by the leader of the PDL parliamentary group in the Chamber of Deputies, Mircea Toader.
Non-governamental organisations request political parties to show political will for the reestablishment of democracy
The signing organisations reaffirm their request to all political parties to take into account the protests held in Bucharest and in other cities from Romania and abroad.
Organisations of the civil society request all political parties to take into consideration the main demands of the demonstrators in Bucharest and in other cities from Romania and abroad: the resignation of Romania's President, Government and the organisation of early parliamentary elections.
To the attention of Mr. Teodor Baconschi,
This press release is the organisations' reply to the invitation for consultation addressed by Teodor Baconschi from the behalf of the Democratic Liberal Party.
Taking into consideration the latest proposals concerning the election law, the 2012 Coalition for Fair Elections demands the withdrawal of the draft law on the merger of elections in 2012 from public agenda.
The organisation's statement in regard to the draft law on the organisation and unfolding of elections for local public administration authorities and elections for Chamber of Deputies and Senate in 2012 and, also, the initiative to amend the Law no. 215/2001 on Local Public Administration were published on the Ministry of Administration and Interior's site.
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency and the Pro Democracy Association, in partnership with the National Council for Combating Discrimination, organised today, December 18th, 2011, the debate “Identity and stereotypes. The depiction of the Roma people in the Media”.
On Thursday, December 8th, 2011, at 10 a.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel, the Pro Democracy Association and ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, in partnership with the National Council for Combating Discrimination, have the pleasure of inviting you to the event “Identity and stereotypes. The depiction of the Roma people in the Media”
The implementation of European Commission Recommendation on the Digitization and Online Accessibility of Cultural Material and Digital Preservation - Open Letter to the Minister of Culture and National Patrimony
To Minister Kelemen Hunor
Taking into consideration the provisions of the Law no. 544 on Free Access to Information of Public Interest and the provisions of the Government Decree no. 27/2002 on the regulation of the activity of petitions' solving, we make the following request
Coalition 2012 for Fair Elections' position towards the merging of local and legislative elections and the amending of the Election Law fo 2012
Taking into account the initiative of the political parties in power to merge elections and amend the voting system for the next year's elections, the Coalition 2012 for Fair Elections expresses its concern in regard to the possible devastating effects of these changes on Romania's already precarious level of democracy.
15 years ago, I could see how the Romanian state understood to make the reclamation of mine tailing: a grove of beech seedlings planted in the grey plated soil. Those seedlings were completely faded during summer.
Democracy best befits a state. That's the postmodern customary law. And freedom best befits democracy. That's what it says in theory. Romania is a democratic state. It got what it wanted.
The exam of true democracy: fair elections
Press release: September 28th, 2011.
In full economic crisis - whose endurance and dimension are testing democratic societies, taking into account the frequent anti-democratic drifts, the increase of racism and populist tendencies in Romania and in Europe and understanding the importance of the year 2012 for the consolidation of the democratic process that finds itself today to be in a serious deadlock, ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, the Pro Democracy Association, the Center for Legal Resources, the organisation Romani CRISS and Transparency International Romania decided to come together and found the Coalition 2012 for Fair Elections. The Coalition intends to ensure a favourable climate for the organisation of fair elections in Romania.
Discoveries from an absurd Bucharest - a training and support component for journalists
Romania – a country in which democracy is carried into effect only with an authorization from the Government
On Thursday, September 15th, at the Chamber of Deputies, a meeting took place between non-guvernamental organisations, trade unions and members of political parties, on the one hand, and members of the Ministry of Administration and Interior, on the other hand, to debate the draft law on public assemblies (Law no. 60/1991 on organising public meetings).
The Alliance for the Rule of Law requests public debate for the draft proposal on the amendment of the Mines Law no. 85/2003
Today, September 5th, the Alliance for the Rule of Law* made a public request to the Standing Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies to send back the draft law on the amendment of the Mines Law no. 85/2003 to the specialized committees in order to be subjected to a real public debate.
I don't know how many times you were able to carefully observe the first reactions to any environmental, civil or social campaign initiated by nongovernmental organisations or other groups. With the exception of just a few people who are glad that things like these happen and are willing to offer their support, most of the reactions are negative. My suggestion is to make a summary of these negative reactions the way I perceived them to be in the 10 years since I've been working in the non-governmental sector as one of the initiators of some unpopular projects or campaigns.
Since the minutes of the meeting held at the National Integrity Council will be made public the following month, we present to you the conclusions of yesterday's meeting.
Members of the civil society demonstrated today in front of the Ministry of Culture and called for the resignation of Minister Kelemen Hunor after the decision to issue an archeological discharge certificate for the Carnic mountain in Rosia Montana. For two hours, the protesters showed their disapproval of the authorities' support for the mining project at Rosia Montana, shouted chants and waved banners with messages against Minister Kelemen Hunor.
We request that Mayor of Bucharest Sorin Oprescu to organise a public debate in regard to his intention to donate 10 million lei from the City hall’s budget to the Romanian Orthodox Church. Taking into account that this donation comes from public money, we believe that this issue should be publicly discussed and decided upon.
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency and the Pro Democracy Association launched a plea today to officials and political institutions for starting a structured and responsible process of systematic and honest consultations with the Romanian society on the constitutional or administrative reforms, but also on the organisation of a national referendum concerning the change of the administrative map of the country.
63% of the capital’s population is proud to be from Bucharest, but only 19% of them are interested in civic participation
The civil society requests that the President send back the law on single-ballot election of mayors.
The partner organizations of the Alliance for the Rule of Law – ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, the Pro Democracy Association and the Center for Legal Resources sent to the President Traian Basescu a “plea for preserving a competitive voting system for the election of mayors and for ensuring the highest electoral representativity for the entire local community”.
Most of us heard of the Ombudsman, the institution founded in 1992 and serving since 1997. Less than half of the people know what he actually does and even less than a quarter have heard any news about its president or any official reaction from the last 5 years. And, maybe, 3-4% know what is the name of the person who runs this institution. These are the results of an informal survey organised by ActiveWatch in the last months among colleagues and friends from the Media and civil society.
The motif of giving power back to the people is universal, but it is not a healthy approach. And that's because it goes off the track from the will of the people. If there's a constant adherence to the people's will and needs, it wouldn't be necessary to give power back to the people. Yet the governing practices of the authorities have become somewhat deaf to people's requests.
When will the "Open Data" system be implemented in Romania or how can we increase the free access to information of public interest
I doubt whether the "Open Data" system will be implemented in Romania in the near future because there's no governmental initiative on this issue.
March 4th, 1949, Neculae Popa tried to run away from the country.
We'd like to bring to discussion the latest anormality concerning the Government of Romania, that is the control of the estates by tax inspectors. In Romania, there's already an institution that deals with estate control - The National Integrity Agency.
A short analysis of the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification Report for Romania
The Alliance for the Rule of Law requests the organisation of a new procedure for the election of the civil society’s representative to the Superior Council of Magistracy
The partner organisations of the Alliance for the Rule of Law request the Romanian Senate to start a new procedure for the appointment and the election of the civil society’s representative to the Superior Council of Magistracy on the basis of art. 133 alin (1) lit b of the Romanian Constitution and art. 18 of the Law no. 317/2004 on the Superior Council of Magistracy.
A protest can take the form of public manifestations where citizens gather and take a stand against a certain project. Taking into consideration that these manifestations must be authorized by the Bucharest's City Hall, one could perceive the existence of a conflict of interest. A series of events like concerts or free plays in the Matache Square area did not receive a permit from the City Hall. In other words, MUTE!
Representatives of the civil society react to the Constitutional Court’s decisions on the elections of members of the Superior Council of Magistracy
The civil society would like to highlight the possible dangers of creating a court precedent by admitting appeals against the Senate’s two decisions to validate the members of the Superior Council of Magistracy, a precedent that would plunge Romania into an unparalleled institutional crisis.
Some people associate the illusion of gold in Rosia Montana with the idea of progress. More and more voices oppose this idea, but they barely get through to the Romanian press. The arguments against the mining exploitation in Rosia Montana are almost absent in Romanian newspapers. In the last year, four journalists reported to ActiveWatch that their employers have discouraged them to publish articles on this matter.
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency and the Pro Democracy Association express their concern about the Parliament’s action to obstruct the National Anticorruption Directorate’s investigation on Deputy Monica Iacob Ridzi.
Press Release: conclusion of the conference "The Legitimacy and the Advisability of the Buzesti-Berzesti-Uranus-Calea Rahovei Highway"
On Thursday, November 25th, the press conference “The Legitimacy and the Advisability of the Buzesti-Berzei-Uranus-Calea Rahova Highway” took place. The participants: Nicusor Dan, president of Save Bucharest Association, Doina Vella, member of the Pro_Do_Mo Association, Dumitru Dobrev, lawyer, Cecilia Badea, lawyer, Nicolae Radulescu Dobrogea, president of the Eco Civica Foundation, Ionut Pitulescu, the Centre for the Intercultural Research “Anthropoesis”, representatives of the expropriated citizens.
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency organised today, October 26th, the debate "Journalists to track on European Funds"
The event marks the end of the fouth edition of the "Transparency of the European Funds" project. It is brought about by the launch of the "Transparency of European Funds in Romania. Investigative journalists. The Free Access to Information of Public Interest. Case studies" report and the "Index of Public Integrity" (www.afaceripublice.ro), an online instrument issued and developped by the ActiveWatch team for those interested in increasing tranparency of the act of government and in combating corruption.
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency expressed its view on the records from the “Vantu file”. The dramatic situation of the relations between media owners, editors and journalists which was pointed out by these published records shows that Media institutions in Romania need a rearrangement of relations between the three entities.
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, APADOR-CH, the Angel Association and the Association for Tehnology and Internet would like to invite you on Friday, October 22nd, 11:00 a.m., at a debate on the issue of identity cards and the new draft law which was open to public debate by the Ministry of Administration and Interior.
The conference "Sustainable Development and Human Resources" took place on Friday, October 15th, in Brasov before more than 140 beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries of European funds who were interested in the sustainability of the European projects.
Today, at 9 a.m., an "unimportant" number of 14 people have stood for an hour in front of the Ministry of Culture. They were protesting for the Stirbey Palace and against the Urban Planning (PUZ) of the Stirbey Multifunctional Complex.
To the Minister Vasile Blaga and the General Directorate for Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Administration and Interior
The signing organisations would like to present to you the following observations concerning the Government's Ordinance draft on the biometric ID cards:
Fingerprints could be added on identity cards starting next year. The Ministry of Administration and Interior (MAI) is initiating a legislative project which provides for identity cards to contain a chip device (personal information) and biometric data (digital fingerprints, face image) starting January 1st, 2011. This proposal is open to public debate tomorrow, August 20th, at 12:00, at the MAI headquarters.
The public servants who work at Mayor Neculai Ontanu's orders are under siege: nothing comes in, nothing goes out, everything is centralized.
The citizens-public administrators contract has the ultimate goal of representation. The public administrator is a combination of the citizen's wishes, needs and money, all taking the form of draft budget and the anual investment plan.
No later than Tuesday, Mr. Oprescu kept us in front of the TV. He is the Capital's mayor, so there are more than a few occasions for him to address the people. To be a mayor, in theory, is a complicated thing, yet to be the Bucharest's general mayor must be an extremely complicated, sensitive and exasperating job. But public communication is definetely vital. As the political term is temporary and never enough, one would like to talk to voters not only when an audience is granted or on the basis of Law 544/2001, but also because that's how things are done in a developed democracy.
"There are still influent political people in Romania who are not interested in an efficient justice because that would affect them directly". This is Catalin Predoiu's answer to the question "why is Justice in Romania so inefficient?", a questions addressed by Luca Niculescu (Radio France International).
The civil society discovers with regret that several important members of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) – and most of all, Senator Gyorgy Frunda – turned out to be in recent years spearheads in obstructing any strategies and instruments of combating corruption in Romania.
Hit and abused, the Law on the establishment, organisation and functioning of the National Integrity Agency comes back "home" with a few bruises and its slightly dirty laundry
Dupa un parcurs plin de sincope pe traseul Presedentie – Camera Deputatilor – Senat, proiectul de Lege nr. 270 din 03.05.2010 privind integritatea in exercitarea functiilor si demnitatilor publice, pentru modificarea si completarea Legii nr. 144/2007 privind infiintarea, organizarea si functionarea Agentiei Nationale de Integritate se intoarce pe masa de lucru a functionarilor publici din cadrul ANI.
22 NGOs call for the resignation of the Head of the Directorate for Culture, Cults and National Cultural Patrimony in Bucharest
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, alongside other 21 non-governmental organizations, asked the President of Romania and the Minister of Culture to remove from office Mr. Nicolae Stan, the Head of the Directorate for Culture, Cults and National Cultural Patrimony and Mr. Stefan Damian, an employee in the same institution.
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, alongside the 42 organisations of the Platform for Bucharest, would like to invite you on Tuesday, May 25th, 12 a.m., at the debate concerning the amending of Ordinance 114/2007 on the interdiction to remove green spaces in the urban area.
Only a week since the World Press Freedom Day, the parliamentary majority delivers a blow to press freedom in Romania. This is the reason why we invite you to a press conference, followed by a debate, about the new law concerning ANI and its impact to the free access to information of public interest, the fight against corruption and investigative journalism.
The Platform for Bucharest supports Mrs. Roberta Anastase's initiative, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, to turn the Parliament's garden into a public space.
The Initiative for Fair Justice protests against the Constitutional Court’s decision concerning the National Integrity Agency
The Initiative for Fair Justice took notice with concern of the Court’s decision to declare two chapters of the law on the National Integrity Agency as unconstitutional.
The "Transparency of European Funds" project has its own editorial staff. For five months, ten hand-picked journalists are going to rake through the hidden corners of some Romanian projects with financing provided by the European Union.
The European Funds' beneficiaries discussed a set of solutions for unlocking the projects financed by the European Social Fund in a meeting also attended by the members of the responsible institutions.
The signing organizations support the petition Dignity and Integrity made public in March 24th, 2010 through which magistrates ask the Superior Council of Magistracy to react accordingly to the implications posed by the "Vantu file" and the amending of promotion procedures in Romania's High Court of Cassation and Justice.
The General Council of Bucharest is set to debate on Wednesday, March 24th, 1 a.m. the capital's 2010 draft budget. The total budget is 1,3 billion euros.
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, alongside partners from the "Partnership for Good Governance III - Sustainable Development" project* would like to contest the 2010 draft law.
*Save Bucharest Association, Pro Democracy Association, the Association for Urban Transition, the Resource Center for Public Participation,the Local Development Group and other NGOs from the Platform for Bucharest.
Activewatch-Media Monitoring Agency, alongside partners of the "Partnership for Good Governance III - Sustainable Development" project, the Save Bucharest Association, the Pro Democracy Association, the Association for Urban Transition and the Resource Center for Public Participation, would like to announce the launch of the online platform www.urbanitate.activewatch.ro.
The training and support seminar for journalists, "Transparency for Integrity!", took place between 12-13 march 2009, in Bucharest. The event was organised by ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency within the "Transparency of the European funds in Romania" project with financing provided by PHARE 2007.
A plea to the President of Romania, Traian Basescu, and Prime Minister, Emil Boc
The Coalition for the Rule of Law express their disapproval of the changes made to the Institute for Investigation of the Communist Crimes' initial objectives, and taking this opportunity to reform it as the Institute for Investigation of the Communits Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile.
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, Save Bucharest Association, the Association for Urban Transition, the Resource Centre fot Public Participation, the Pro Democracy Association and the ProDoMo Association would like to bring to public attention the way District 1 City Hall issued a series of permits for demolition which created a lot of damage to Bucharest's cultural heritage.
ActiveWatch launches the project the Transparency of European Funds - The Training and Support for Journalists Component
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency launches the program of training and support for journalists: "Transparency for Integrity!". The project is intended for journalists from local and national press in Romania and aims at training them in monitoring the course of European funds, from accession to post implementation.
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency announces the launch of the project Partnership for Good Governance - Chapter II: Sustainable Development. The project is developped alongside Save Bucharest Association, the Pro Democracy Association, the Association for Urban Transition and the Resources Center for Public Participation.
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency announces a follow-up in 2010 of the activities developped in the program the "Transparency of European Funds in Romania". From 2006, the AW-MMA team has developped within this project activities intended to increase the transparency of the EU funds absorption process in Romania.
Partnership for sustainable development - a new project with financing provided by the European Social Fund through the Sectorial Operational Program Human Resources Development
Save the Danube and the Delta Association in partnership with ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency announce the launch of the Partnership for Sustainable Development. The project will ensure the necessary resources for the implementation of the horizontal component "sustainable development" in the projects financed by the Sectorial Operational Program for Human Resources Development (POS DRU) through the European Social Fund.
The Resources Center for Public Participation - CeRe and the Coalition "NGOs for Structural Funds" launched on Monday, December 14th, 2009, the report "112 for Structural Funds" within the event that brought members of the NGOs, local offcials and the institutions responsible for the management of European funds to the discussion table.
The Pro Democracy Association, ActiveWatch-MMA, "Cartel ALFA" Confederation and Center for Legal Resources request the specialized authorities to take the necessary measures for resolving in the most transparent manner the appeals which report irregularities of the voting process in November 22nd and December 6th 2009.
The Pro Democracy Association and ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, represented by lawyer Liviu Popescu, made an appeal to the Constitutional Court in which they requested the Court to dismiss the President's decree on the organisation of the referendum and the nullification of the results.
The deficient training of the electoral bureau members and the lack of information campaigns have taken their toll on today's voting. The first hours of the presidential election day revealed once more a series of long-standing irregularities in the Romanian voting process.
Platform for Bucharest asked the President of Romania not to sign the draft law for the amending of art. 7 of Law no. 50/1991 on the authorization of construction works, which was enacted by the Chamber of Deputies in the meeting held November 3rd, 2009.
Observers of some fictitious organisations are monitoring the voting in November 22nd and December 6th lections
The Alliance for Fair Elections, composed of the Pro Democracy Association, ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency (MMA), Cartel Alfa Confederation and the Center for Independent Journalism, points out to the danger of compromising national observers and the civil society's efforts to monitor in an objective manner the voting as a result of the increasing numbers of fictitious organisations accredited to monitor elections.
The Alliance for the Rule of Law, composed of the Pro Democracy Association, ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency, the Center for Legal Resources and Transparency International Romania made a request today to the Ombudsman to inform the Constitutional Court about the GEO 106 on the organisation of the referendum concerning the moral fraud and the dangers of electoral fraud in presidential elections.
On Thursday, October 22nd, AW-MMA and CRJI launched the "Transparency of the European Funds in Romania, 2009" report
The Transparency of European funds in Romania - Investigative journalism. Free Access to Information of Public Interest. Media Analysis. Case Studies
ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency and the Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism ended on October 22nd the series of national events organised in Cluj, Iasi and Bucharest on the occasion of the launch of the "Transparency of European Funds in Romania - Investigative Journalism" report.
The Alliance for Fair Elections, composed of the Pro Democracy Association, Activewatch-Media Monitoring Agency and Cartel Alfa Confederation, would like to invite you Monday, October 19th, at a press conference where we will launch the program for the presidential election campaign.
Through this letter, the organisations ask the counsellors to take a stand against real estate mob reported by the international press.
By reading this guide, one could discover the history and the mechanisms for the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy, the main legislative framework and the leading institutions necessary for the policy's operation, some essential elements for understanding the negociation process between Romania and the European Union on agriculture and a concise review of current financial instruments for the support of the Romanian agricultural sector. In addition to this, there is also a list of main sources of information concerning this domain and a glossary of technical terms.
This guide was drawn by Transparency International - Romania in partnership with Media Monitoring Agency within the two projects simultaneously implemented: Advocacy and Legal Advice Centers (Transparency International Romania, with financing by the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Anticorruption Initiative of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe) and the Anticorruption Alliance: Journalists and Civic Activists in Service of Citizens (Media Monitoring Agency, alongside Tranparency International Romania and Pro Democracy Association with financing by the World Bank's Small Grants program.