International Development Law Organization

Romania

After the fall of the communist regime in 1989, Romania joined the European Union (EU) in 2007. As existing legislation was overhauled and new areas of legislation were introduced, extensive re-training of the judiciary was required to bolster judicial independence and make judges less susceptible to improper influence, therefore increasing investor confidence in the country.

In 2016, Romania achieved the third highest growth rate in the EU and its anti-corruption efforts continue to advance with strong public support. While economic growth is expected to remain solid, there is a need to strengthen good governance and the rule of law.

Key Initiatives

  • After Romania joined the European Union in 2007, wide-reaching reforms were implemented to the country’s civil, criminal and commercial legal codes. While acknowledging positive development in the judicial sector, concerns remain over the lack of predictability of judicial decisions, including contradictory judgements and inconsistency in the administration of justice.

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