Romania legalized all online gambling activities back in 2010, but since then the market has not flourished. The Romanian government is criticized for failing to see that the laws are outdated and its refusal to make them compatible with the fast-changing online gambling sector in Europe.
This situation changed a bit in 2013 when the Romanian National Gambling Office was formed, and so, the first attempts were made to make EU-compatible online gambling-related rules. However, these rules were regarded as restrictive, because regulators also asked licensed operators to have an establishment based in Romania.
This was regarded as a violation of the free market principle in the EU, and after pressure from the European Commission, in 2016 a secondary legislation was approved which opened up online gambling in Romania in a far wider spectrum. With this legislation, it was allowed for any organization based in the EU to apply for a license to operate in Romania. However, the live casino must run the Romanian mirror site within the country itself.
All in all, since joining the EU, Romania has been trying to comply with its gambling laws to the ones accepted by all EU countries, and so far things seem to be going in the right direction. All establishments that wish to apply for a license to operate a live casino in the country are allowed to do so thanks to the amendments to the legislation made in 2016.
There are certain fraudulent foreign live casinos that offer their services to Romanian players, but given the fact that online gambling is legalized and there are numerous live casinos that have a licence, there is no need for Romanians to access these shady sites.