07 March 2009

People Only Hear What They See! (EN)


Bobby Darin picked up on this phrase from Sandra Dee, and turned his performing life around. I've seen "Beyond the Sea" more than a month ago, and it made me realize I'm getting behind on several fronts--no posts on the blog for more than 6 months, no nights out with my friends in a long time, no concrete progress in my personal life... But don't think it's all bad--I'm not depressed or anything! It's spring, and I've decided to do something about it :)

Indeed, several things happened since August:

  1. CNI--the National Integrity Council went through a 2-months crisis, when one of the representatives on the Council attempted to interfere with an investigation regarding a former senator's €4 mil. unjustified wealth. Thanks to a whistleblower within the Integrity Inspection at ANI, the Council learned of this crisis, and pushed that member to resign.
  2. The campaign for the November 30 elections almost made a mockery of the fight against corruption, but ended up with a new coalition Cabinet of populars and socialists that retained the liberal minister of justice, but changed 3 ministers of interior in 2 months.
  3. However ill-inspired may have been the Cabinet's move to expunge all personnel at the Anti-fraud Department, I trust the new chief will soon assume office and deliver. Meanwhile, the Anti-corruption Prosecution maintained its beacon of hope, in spite of a non-transparent selection procedure and against previous reasoning.
  4. Romania still doesn't have an applicable Anti-corruption Strategy for more than a year, so the EC Report on justice and anti-corruption reforms was quite harsh. But the Superior Council of Magistracy has a new chair, on their 1-year rotation, and the Cabinet has recently sent to Parliament the proposed texts for the new Codes.
  5. Recently, a couple of whistleblowers filed investigation requests against the ANI president and secretary general, so the Integrity Council conducts the investigation in parallel to the recruitment process for a new vicepresident at ANI. We'll most probably see results by the end of March.


And I could go on, just like the song ain't got no ending, [. . . but] don't wanna abuse it :) While I'll continue to keep an eye on, and write about, corruption in Romania, it's spring and I need to concentrate on other things, as well... I have a long list of issues, ranging from European relations to civil society, from domestic reforms to policy analysis to civil society, again :) But I'll also stop and smell the roses, to offer those people beyond the sea, waiting for me the attention and love they deserve--whether in the form of a martenitsa or a ballad or a kiss :) Who knows, maybe you'll get to see/hear something else, and I also manage to turn my life around ;)

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