Transparency International Moldova presents the study „The Energy Sector: Corruption on Bad Governance?”

Issued by Transparency International Moldova



On February 9, 2010, in the premises of Info-Prim Neo news agency, Transparency International - Moldova presented the study "The Energy Sector: Corruption or Bad Governance?".

The author of the study, Nicolae Mogoreanu, a PhD Associate at the Electricity and Energy Department of the Technical University of Moldova and chairperson of the Association of Energy Consumers of Moldova, noted that the research was aimed at analyzing various corruption-generating phenomena in the energy field as well as presenting proposals and recommendations for preventing corruption in this area.

Mogoreanu noted that over the recent years, the Moldovan energy sector faced a variety of manifestations of corruption, which were caused by an imperfect legal framework and the involvement of interest groups managing energy imports and exports. Furthermore, there was limited competition and lack of transparency, including decision-making for approvals and justifications of energy tariffs, by covering up schemes to establish illegal financial flows in energy supply, transportation and consumption. The following shortcomings and gaps were mentioned in particular:

The Mogoreanu also noted that the legal gaps and deficient practices mentioned contribute to the proliferation of corruption in the energy sector, which undermines the effort to attract foreign investments and aid from international organizations, further undermining competitiveness and the country's economic and energy security. The alleviation of corruption in this sector should include the following measures:

 

 


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