EC experts assessing progress under CVM in Bucharest


European Commission experts on Tuesday started a three-day evaluation mission in Bucharest to assess Romania’s progress with judiciary reform and the fight against corruption under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), the Justice Ministry reports in a press release, quoted by Agerpres.
The expert team, made up of officials of the General Secretariat, the Justice Directorate General and of the European Commission Representation in Romania, was welcomed by Justice Minister Robert Cazanciuc. At the meeting, aspects of the implementation of the new codes of law was discussed, along with the legislative framework for integrity, the capacity and stability of national legislation, a draft project for the development of the Romanian judiciary, the publication of court rulings, justice independence, constitution revision, and Romania’s national anti-corruption strategy.
‘At the meeting, the commitment of the Romanian Government to modernising the judiciary was highlighted, along with a prioritisation of projects with a significant impact on the CVM agenda, the efforts of the judiciary with implementing the new codes, the importance of securing a legislative process that is the outcome of adequate public debates, the need to respect the principle of equality before the law, including when court rulings are implemented, providing a fair balance between the freedom of the press and justice independence, as well as the essential part lately played by the National Anti-Corruption Strategy in preventing and fighting against this phenomenon. Also highlighted was the special contribution of the judiciary modernisation measures to the citizens’ confidence in justice,’ reads the release.
The ongoing mission is the first to be conducted after a January report by the European Commission on Romania’s progress under the CVM and will count for the preparation of the next such report expected out late this year, early the next year. The visiting experts will meet officials of the Supreme Council of Magistrates, the Judiciary Inspection, the Public Prosecution Service, the National Institute of Magistrates, the Supreme Court of Justice and Cassation, the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, the National Integrity Agency, as well as prosecutors of the Prosecution Service of the Bucharest Tribunal.

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