The new president of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM), Horatius Dumbrava, met earlier this week with President Traian Basescu, as he informed fellow council members in yesterday’s session, according to Agerpres. The CSM head said talks with the head of state focused on the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification (MCV). Progress under the MCV was linked with Schengen accession by Germany and France, triggering a wave of criticism from Bucharest officials, with FM Baconschi even suggesting at a certain point that Romania might unilaterally denounce the mechanism. Moreover, President Basescu blamed shortcomings in legal system reform on CSM, suggesting that the council will bear part of the responsibility if the country’s accession to Schengen is postponed. In yesterday’s session meanwhile, CSM unanimously approved the main objectives of the institution in 2011. The five main targets are: justice independence and ties with other public authorities, strengthening and making CSM more efficient, making courts and prosecutor’s offices more efficient, transparency and integrity, improving ties with EU and international bodies and improving partnership with civil society.