JDC Worldwide Programs - Romania: " became part of the Soviet bloc following World War II, suffered greatly under its long-time communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, who left the nation in dire economic straits when he was overthrown and executed in December 1989. It wasn’t until 1996, when the former communists still dominating the government were finally swept from power, that Romania began to undertake serious social and economic reforms. Its obsolete infrastructure and industrial base hampered its transition to a market economy, and macroeconomic gains have yet to overcome widespread poverty. Romania joined the European Union in 2007."
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