Administrative Reform or the Strengthen of the Administrative Capacity to Govern in the EU Context

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Administrative Reform or the Strengthen of the Administrative Capacity to Govern in the EU Context

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Title: Administrative Reform or the Strengthen of the Administrative Capacity to Govern in the EU Context
Author: Carausan, Mihaela
Abstract: Is there a European administration, are we witnessing a new order in administration, or only a mechanism aiming at ensuring co-operation between national administrations? The trend of enlargement of the European Union bears the influence of public administration that behaves as an inner actor, finding itself in the process of becoming a federal State. The direct impact of the EU on the administrative systems of member States is quite limited. In fact, EU does not have any direct competence in this field. Administrative organization of member States is a matter that falls under the competence of member States. Anyhow, there are numerous ways of indirect influence upon member States and those States that desire the integration. Existing administrative structures and national characteristics of member States, the fact that those structures are closer to the newly created situations (after the revolutions), and to the people they are responsible for and also the structural framework of the EU, were those elements that led to reforms in administration. Taking into account the problems occurring in the process towards integration, Romania was among those countries the most severely criticized. The poor quality of administration is considered to be a major element when explaining the political and economic crisis. Too much corruption, present in administration, is one of those elements destroying the development of a professional, stable and impartial public administration. Generally speaking, the ability of public administration to implement the acquis communautaire is quite small, and this is the factor that restricted the possibilities of negotiations for Romania’s integration to EU. The trend of evolution of the Reform in the public sector followed a winding line. We must say it that none of the models used so far has not produced the expected results. Political factors and administration showed a permanent confusion in the measures they have taken. Lack of decision, instability, improvisation and lack of coherence in the decisions taken led to a mistrust of Romanian people and foreign organizations in Romania’s capability to self-governing.
URI: http://www.apas.admpubl.snspa.ro/handle/2010/445
Date: 2004


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