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January 27, 2022

PACE head says Romania anti-graft efforts insufficient

At a press conference held in Bucharest, on Wednesday, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Mevlut Cavusoglu, stated that Romania’s efforts in the area of judicial reform and fight against corruption are insufficient. Cavusoglu added that PACE demands Romanian authorities continue such efforts. The PACE president wanted to encourage Romanian authorities to step up anti-graft efforts and, in particular, to reform wealth watchdog National Integrity Agency as soon as possible. He urged that judicial reforms be continued and that authorities should try to reduce the number of cases ending up before the European Court of Human Rights.

During his visit to Bucharest, Cavusoglu met with several Romanian officials, including President Traian Basescu, FM Teodor Baconschi and Parliament speakers Roberta Anastase and Mircea Geoana.

Basescu thanked the PACE president for his stance on the matter concerning the situation of Romanians and Vlachs living in Serbia. “We hope that you and the secretary general will continue to deal with the issues concerning minorities in general,” Basescu said, according to Mediafax. Presidential adviser Anca Ilinoiu and the President of the Delegation of the Romanian Parliament at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe attended the talks. Cavusoglu also met with the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR), Daniel, Tuesday night. During the talks, the patriarch emphasised the need to improve cooperation between churches and political decision makers in Europe in promoting social peace and the defence of authentic values. According to the Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchy, at the beginning of the talks, the guest thanked his interlocutor for having agreed to see him, noting that, among the priorities of his mission, there were the promotion of intercultural and inter-religious dialogue among European peoples and the defence of minorities’ rights endangered by xenophobic attitudes. In the end of the meeting, the president of PACE invited Patriarch Daniel to address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France) during a 2011 sitting.

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