Romanian Prime Minister “Disappointed” With The CVM Report’s Conclusions

Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated at the beginning of Thursday’s cabinet meeting that she is “disappointed” with the conclusions laid out by the European Commission’s critical 2018 Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report on Romania.

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Romanian Prime Minister “Disappointed” With The CVM Report’s Conclusions

“I am disappointed with the CVM report’s conclusions, as Romania proved that it is a loyal and correct partner of the European Union. The Government was permanently in contact with Commission experts and offered arguments. Unfortunately, I have seen that they have just been ignored. We cannot agree with instating some rules and accepting what no other member state would. I see recommendations which want us to ignore provisions which were legally instated through the vote of the Parliament and Constitutional Court decisions, which is a violation of the European treaty. As prime minister, I request equal treatment for my country,” said the Romanian chief of cabinet.

The European Commission urged Romania to immediately suspend its current judicial reform and all ongoing procedures for appointing or dismissing top prosecutors, in an extremely critical 2018 version of its Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report for the country.

According to the report, the recently enacted judicial bills and pressures made against the independence of the judiciary have generated doubts on the irreversibility of judicial progresses made by Romania.

It adds that the measures have contributed to regresses in the rule of law and especially criticized pressures exerted on the country’s National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA).

Besides suspending the judicial overhaul process, the Commission also advises Romanian authorities to fully take into account recommendations issued in CVM reports, as well as those of the Venice Commission and GRECO.

The recommendations including halting all ongoing procedures regarding top prosecutors and immediately restarting the procedure for appointing a DNA chief-prosecutor, who should have “proven experience in the field of criminal prosecution of corruption offenses”.

 

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