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Populist laws bloom corruption

2017.08.07 Economie Victor Ursu Print version

Almost half of the draft laws promote the interests or benefits of the authors. This raises concerns as the legislative process deviates from the general public interest and is geared towards achieving private goals and interests. "Leaders in this chapter are the deputies, who in the period 2015 -2016 had 76% of the legislative initiatives that promoted the interests (private, corporatist) contrary to the public interest," said Viorel Pârvan, 15 minutes of economic realism, The IDIS Viitorul expert.

Promoting laws on interest rates leads to a decrease in the level of credibility of the Legislature and the creation of a perception in society of the corruptibility of Members who seem to be more concerned about personal interests than the interest of those who have elected them.

According to Viorel Pârvan, there is a growing discrepancy in the consultation of the business environment in the development and adoption of public economic policies at the level of the Government and within Parliament. In the Government, to a greater extent, the process of public consultation and involvement of the business environment is visible and results. For example, business associations are part of the working groups and committees created by public authorities (ministries) or even participate as members of the Premier's Economic Council.

"A draft bill submitted by a Member does not go through all stages and procedures of transparency that would be similar to those passed by a bill submitted by, for example, the Government. At the initial stage of drafting the legislative initiatives of the deputies, scientific substantiation is ignored to determine the consequences of any kind of regulations contained in them. At the same time, at this stage experts, specialists in the field and representatives of stakeholders are not always involved, so that they can promote their own opinion on the legislative initiative", Parvan added.

In conclusion, the expert said that, as a rule, the initiatives taken by the Government are more qualitative than those of the deputies. This is due to the greater capacities of the Government, its substantiation, expertise and law consultation. Even staff capacities are higher, the deputy is disadvantaged in this respect. He can have a counselor, but he does not always have the capacity to legislate. Overall, whether they are Government initiatives or Members' deputies, the quality of laws remains unsatisfactory.

The volume of projects submitted by Members in 2015-2016 is increasing compared to previous years. However, as far as government initiatives are concerned, they are fewer. Statistics show this: about 47% are the initiatives of the deputies and 53% are from the Government.

The show is made by IDIS Viitorul in partnership with Radio Free Europe.

For more details, please contact the Public Relations Coordinator IDIS Viitorul, Victor URSU at or call 069017396.

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