At a time when democracy is being challenged in several nations in Europe and around the world, an encouraging countermovement has erupted in Romania, a formerly communist nation of 20 million on the Black Sea and an EU member state since 2007. Beginning in January, huge demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of people have rocked the capital, Bucharest, and other major cities across the country in what has been widely described as the largest political mobilisation since the collapse of the communist regime in 1989. The rallying point has been simple, direct and, given the country’s history, inspiring: a demand that the government not relax anti-corruption laws. Is the Romanian movement a beacon of hope for people around the world seeking to hold their governments to account? Will it suffice to stamp out the culture of corruption so present in Romania since the fall of Communism?
Join YPFP and our panel of experts for this Briefing Series event examining the recent protest movement in Romania, why it is happening now and where it can possibly lead.
Mr Marian Jean Marinescu, MEP since 2007, is the Vice President of the largest political group in the European Parliament, the European People's Party. Mr Marinescu is the head of the Working Group on Budget and Structural Policies in the EPP and was the MEP of the year in 2014 for Research and Innovation. He is Romanian and member of the Romanian Liberal Party.
Carmen Paun covers health and Romania at Politico Europe in Brussels. Before joining POLITICO, she was a freelancer covering regulatory and international affairs out of the EU capital. She has reported on a wide range of topics, from money laundering to food production to chemicals and terrorism. She holds a bachelor degree in journalism and a bachelor degree in social communication and public relations from the University of Bucharest in Romania.
Tana Foarfa completed a bachelor degree in Political Science at Université Libre de Bruxelles and a Master degree in European Studies – EU External Relations specialty. Currently working in the European Commission at DG HR. She is also an associated member of Europuls - Centre for European Expertise where she provides expertise on European and Romanian foreign policy issues through articles, policy briefs and conference organization.
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