The sea-captain-turned-politician came up through the ranks to become Minister of Transport, Mayor of Bucharest and then the two-term president of Romania. Once an avid supporter of the National Anticorruption Directorate DNA and its ex-boss Laura Kovesi, Basescu turned into one of its fiercest critics after leaving office. Kovesi is among the preferred candidates to be the EU's first chief prosecutor, drawing praise for anti-graft measures in one of the bloc's most corrupt countries. Basescu denied that he was only running to bolster his party's popularity, saying he would take up his seat in Strasbourg if elected. Social Democrats The ruling Social-Democrats, on the other hand, are targeting not only victory but the largest number of seats.
News EU slams Romania for not tackling corruption In an annual report, the European Commission slammed Bucharest for failing to implement anti-corruption measures. At the same time, there was good news for Bulgaria and Croatia's possible entry into the Schengen zone.
There are over 50 channels running ads, as of television being the best type of advertising in Romania.
The annual studies, done to measure how far the two countries have progressed with required judicial reforms, the fight against corruption, and specifically for Bulgaria, the fight against organized crime. Romania's Prime Minister Viorica Dancila was ousted in a vote of no confidence earlier this month after complaints of corruption in connection with the former leader of her Social Democratic Party, Liviu Dragnea, who has spent several years in prison over graft charges.
Conservative opposition leader Ludovic Orban is currently trying to form a new government, but if he cannot, early elections will ensue.
Good news for Bulgaria, Croatia Bulgaria, however, garnered a good report this year from the Commission, saying that Sofia has "worked consistently" to meet its commitments to tackling organized crime and judicial reform.
There was also good news for Croatia, which is in the European Union but not in the country free travel area known as the Schengen zone. Zagreb was commended for its efforts to manage external EU borders. Both Croatia and Bulgaria are working towards Schengen membership.