Moving Romania Higher On Our Travel List

Sighisoara, Romania

Sighisoara, Romania

According to this Guardian piece, chief prosecutor, Laura Codruţa Kövesi, and her team are addressing the rampant corruption in Romania. Prosecutors and judges are investigating and prosecuting some the country’s most powerful figures. As a result of investigations, Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned in November, 2015. Köves has headed the busy anti-corruption agency known as DNA since 2013. She said, in 2014, the agency successfully prosecuted 24 mayors, five MPs, two ex-ministers and a former prime minister, not to mention more than 1,000 other individuals, including judges and prosecutors, with a conviction rate above 90%. This year (2015) we have investigated 12 members of parliament, two of them being former ministers. We have investigated two sitting ministers, one of whom went from his ministerial chair directly to pre-trial detention.

We salute Kövesi and her anti-corruption professionals who are helping to shape a better future for their country.

Romania has not been high on our travel list because of its corruption, but it is an interesting destination right now because travelers can see it transitioning from its totalitarian communist past–which formally ended in 1996—to a democracy. Romania joined NATO in 2004 and the European Union in 2007. With this movement to address chronic corruption; its friendly people; the beautiful Carpathian Mountains and numerous picturesque medieval villages, we are moving Romania higher on our travel list.

Crime Warnings

Violent crimes are rare and there is a low rate of sexual assaults reported. Nonetheless, women should be alert to such dangers, especially when alcohol is involved. Pick pocketing; scams, credit card fraud and robbery are common, so use normal travel precautions. To prevent credit card fraud, use cash. There are street protests on occasion which should be avoided. Even peaceful protest can erupt into violence.

Photos: Courtesy of Romania Tourism Bureau

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