Transparency in EU Procurements
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Transparency in EU Procurements

Disclosure Within Public Procurement and During Contract Execution

Edited by Kirsi-Maria Halonen, Roberto Caranta and Albert Sanchez-Graells

This book provides a timely analysis of transparency in public procurement law. In its first part, the book critically assesses a number of key matters from a general and comparative perspective, including corruption prevention, competition and commercial issues and access to remedies. The second part illustrates how the relevance of these aspects varies across member states of the EU.
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Chapter 12: Transparency in public procurement in Romania: formal compliance, obscure hidden agendas

Bogdana Neamtu and Dacian C. Dragos


Transparency of public procurement in Romania cannot be understood outside the overall legal context. At first, transparency was among the most desired outcomes of the democratization process started in the early 1990s. In time, though, the new administration has adapted to the legal framework and the transparency was trumped again and the Romanian authorities are nowadays characterized as ‘opaque’. The high stakes of public procurement contracts are enhancing the debate over how much transparency and how much secrecy public procurement needs in order to be effective. The chapter tells a story of mocked transparency and formal implementation of legal rules, abusive use of ‘commercial secret’ exemptions, as the transparency of public procurement is in the centre of constant litigation.

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