U.S. Antony Blinken: We admire fight against corruption in Romania, DNA – model for region's countries

The U. S. Deputy Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, on a visit to Romania, said on Sunday in a meeting with the media that the United States of America admire the fight against corruption in our country, the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) being a model for the states in the region facing similar problems.

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The Romanians’ strong wish to get rid of corruption, to have an open, transparent government is visible, and the political leaders should react to this if they want to be successful. And yet these are decisions the Romanians and only they should make. (…) We admire the fight against corruption in Romania, especially the DNA has had a lot of success. It becomes a model to the region’s states with similar problems, said Blinken.

The Deputy Secretary of State added that the global anti-corruption action needs time.

The investigations, the court sentences have had a significant impact. But this is only a part of the answer. Time is needed to change the administration in order to make the government more open, more transparent. This is the systemic way to prevent corruption and not only punctual actions, added Blinken.

AGERPRES

8 May 2016