European Commission spokesperson Mark Grey told Mediafax news agency yesterday that the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism report will be released on July 20. He did not make any further comments. Last month, Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu said he was expecting the justice reform evaluation report to be objective and balanced and to reflect the obvious progress reported in the field in the past year. The EC interim report was released on February 18 and mentioned that the main challenges for Romania was to prepare the implementation of the four new justice codes. The document also criticised Parliament for not allowing in-depth corruption probes against leading MPs and the fact high-level corruption cases often lacked court verdicts.
Next week’s report is essential for the country’s accession to Schengen, as several EU member states who currently oppose Romania’s joining the border-free zone said they would make a decision only after they see the monitoring report.