On November 2, Romanian voters will be called to cast their vote for one of 14 presidential candidates. If, as expected, none of the candidates receives over 50 percent of the total number of registered voters, a second round will be held two weeks later. A first for the presidential elections is that two women candidates have entered the race.

The elections coincide with a relatively stable economic environment following successful austerity measures that benefited from the support of the troika (IMF, WB, EU). Outgoing president Traian Basescu finishes his second term (2004-2009-2014) on December 22, 2014, 25 years since the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu’s communist regime. While Romanians pause to look back on a decade of center-right and center-left governments, that have either clashed or fully cooperated with Basescu, several conclusions are forthcoming: Romania’s role in NATO and the EU has been consolidated; Romania has successfully navigated the economic crisis; independent institutions responsible for ensuring the rule of law have been strengthened while an effort to purge corruption from politics and state institutions has begun (with its share of controversies and western acclamations). Within the new president’s five-year term, Romania will hold the EU Presidency (2019) and celebrate the centennial of its national unity (2018).

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Romania Presidential Elections 2014

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Claire Boussagol

Claire Boussagol, chairman, Europe and managing director of APCO Worldwide’s Brussels office has 26 years of experience providing strategic counsel and managing complex EU and French public affairs and communication assignments. Read More