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Council of Europe: Romania making little progress to fight corruption in state institutions

[JURIST] Romania has made little progress against corruption in state institutions, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) [official website].

In the report, GRECO said that concerns regarding the lack of transparency in the legal process still remain.

GRECO found that Romania had only fully met two out of 13 recommendations that they had made the year before. The recommendations included [Reuters report] making the legal process more transparent as well as implementing stricter criteria for lawmakers to prevent conflict of interest. The legislative process is still a particular area of concern for GRECO because of the "persisting controversies and allegations of improper consultation, the excessive use of expedited procedure, and the lack of transparency."

According to Transparency International [advocacy website], Romania is one of the EU's most corrupt states. GRECO will discuss Romania's judicial overhaul bills in March.

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