Rapporteurs from a Council of Europe (EC) delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional
Authorities welcomed Romania’s progress towards greater decentralization and local self-government but said that improvements were still necessary.
They called on the national authorities to ensure that local and regional authorities were granted increased competences and adequate financial resources.
The rapporteurs also noted that the problem of how to establish genuine regions in the country had not been resolved and encouraged the Romanian authorities to reach a firm decision on this matter as soon as possible.
France’s Jean-Claude Frecon and Italy’s Mariacristina Spinosa carried out a general monitoring visit to Romania from 24 to 26 May to assess the state of local and regional democracy.