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June 24, 2021

EC report: Romania unable to keep reform pace over past six months

The European Commission (EC) interim report on Romanian legal system progress will show the country has been unable to maintain the pace of reform, yet, last year, the fight against corruption showed a slight improvement, a Radio France International (RFI) Brussels correspondent reported yesterday. “Over the past six months, Romania has not been able to maintain either the pace of reform reported half way through 2009 or that of commitments made,” a draft seen by RFI shows.

It also refers to late legislative debates on civil and criminal procedure codes, which are mentioned by Brussels in every annual report. The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) has posted some good results, according to the report which notes a consistent progress compared to previous years. The number of criminal files dealing with top corruption has increased by one-third in 2009, from 2008, RFI reports, quoting the draft document. The interim and purely factual report by the European Commission is expected to be made public early next week. For now, the annual document published by the EC General Secretariat is under internal consultations between various services. Copies of the document have been sent to Romania’s and Bulgaria’s ambassadors to the EU, with the two officials expected to voice their opinion or make small changes, which, given the purely factual nature of the document, will refer to form rather than content. The EC is hopeful to pass the preliminary reports on the Romanian and Bulgarian legal systems between March 22 and26, EC spokesman Mark Gray announced Monday.

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