Romania Wants More Power for the Secret Services

How the secret services try to revive the former communist Securitate

22 June 2022

War in Ukraine accelerates Romanian politicians’ intentions to change the security laws after 30 years of delays. 

The intention of changing the laws of the secret services due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia provoked a stormy debate in neighbouring Romania. Draft laws leaked to the press that demonstrates the intention of reviving some of the tools used by the former communist Securitate angered both civil society and the President of Romania, who singled out the whistleblower(s). The President’s attitude has angered civil society even more. 

Editor’s Pick: Romania, the Dutiful

The Romanian public vigorously debated ten laws that empower the Romanian secret services after their drafts were leaked to an independent media outlet and were neither contested nor denied by the Romanian politicians. Mass media and civil society intensely criticised some provisions of the laws as they would give the secret services powers reminiscent of the former Romanian communist Securitate. 

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Oana Despa

Oana Despa is the editor-in-chief of Buletin de București. She has over 20 years of experience as a television investigative reporter, editor and producer. She has a degree in Law and one in Philology.

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