The Ballad of the Budget of Marisel

Word Count: 2348 You cannot even imagine how excited I was to read this: A programme launched by the finance ministry on Friday now makes available monthly budget execution data for the country’s roughly 17,720 state institutions, including parliament, ministries, city halls, schools and hospitals. . “Any citizen, company and taxpayer can now see how public funds are distributed and how they are spent by … Continue reading The Ballad of the Budget of Marisel

The 2016 MCV Report

Word Count: 1883 After writing two exhaustive inquiries into the workings of the DNA, I was highly eager to read the MCV reports published on January 27, 2016 for Romania. Yes, they’re filled with dense technical terms and legalistic writing but hey, that’s what gets me excited. I’d already read media stories that the MCV report this year on Bulgaria was far more critical than … Continue reading The 2016 MCV Report

Obeying the Law Is Bad for Business

Despite the ongoing effort to beatify Laura Codruta Kovesi, not everyone in the business community happy. In this moronic Bloomberg piece, Ion Tiriac and others complain that prosecuting government officials for corruption is bad for business: Tiriac told journalists he had spent more than two years trying to line up the necessary government approvals, but a sweeping crackdown on corruption has made civil servants reluctant … Continue reading Obeying the Law Is Bad for Business

Exterminating Corruption in Romania

A few years ago, a friend of mine got a job where he went to homes and businesses specifically to eliminate mold (Rom: mucegai). Although he used a variety of specialized chemicals, the simplest and most effective method to kill fungi is to expose them to bright sunlight in a well-ventilated area. I bring this up because I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about … Continue reading Exterminating Corruption in Romania