The relevance of the European regulations regarding the improvement of transparency and integrity in local public administration. Analysis of the implications on the legislation

Author:Mihai Cristian Apostolache
Position:Petroleum Gas University of Ploiesti
Pages:90-98
SUMMARY

The national legislation in the field of local public administration has steadily improved following the onset of the process of adapting to the European requirements. The increase of public confidence in the institutions of public administration in general, and in those of local public administration in particular, can be ensured solely through the transparency of the decisional act at local... (see full summary)

 
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The relevance of the European regulations regarding
the improvement of transparency and integrity in local public
administration. Analysis of the implications on the legislation
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Lecturer Mihai Cristian APOSTOLACHE
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Abstract
The national legislation in the field of local public administration has steadily
improved following the onset of the process of adapting to the Eu ropean requirements. The
increase of pub lic confidence in the institutions of public administration in gen eral, and in
those of local public admin istration in particular, can be ensured solely through the
transparency of the decisional act at local level and through a conduct of integrity of the
local administration staff and of the local officials. Decisional transparency and integrity
in local public administration are concepts that have become concrete in the Romanian
administrative system through several national legislative instruments inspired by
European regulations. The article analyzes these legislative instruments and proposes an
improvement of the legislative solutions contained, in order to increase transparency and
integrity in local public administration and to avoid blockages in their implementation in
administrative practice.
Keywords: transparency, integrity, legislation, European regulations, local
public administration.
JEL Classification: K23
1. Preamble
In the reform process of public administration in Romania, the
improvement of transparency and integrity in the administrative activity has
represented a permanent objective of political decision makers. The programs of
various governments that succeeded at ruling this country have identified the need
to find legislative solutions which lead to an improved transparency and integrity in
public administration. As an essential component of the public administration
system in Romania, the local public administration was also concerned with this
process of legislative reform; the normative acts adopted have comprised norms
applying to the entire system of public administration, hence to local public
administration as well. It is worth noting that, in the twenty-five years of
democratic regime, the reform of public administration has gone through a period
of confusion and uncertainty
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, a period of acceleration
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, driven by the need to
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This work was supported by the strategic grant POSDRU/159/1.5/S/141699, Project ID 141699, co-
financed by the European Social Fund within the Sectorial Operational Program Human Resourses
Development 2007-2013.
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Mihai Cristian Apostolache - Petroleum-Gas University of Ploieşti, mihaiapostolache5@yahoo.com.
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The period 1990-2000.
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The period 2000-2007.

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