Netherlands wants ‘own assessment’ of Romanian legal reform

Part of the Dutch political class wants to have a separate assessment of the legal reform progress made by Romania, according to Senate Deputy Speaker Cristian Diaconescu, quoted by Mediafax. Diaconescu, who was on a visit to the Netherlands last week, on the invitation of his Dutch counterpart, underlined that some politicians in The Hague wants Dutch experts to assess Romania’s efforts in the judiciary, police, the fight against corruption, border police activity. The Netherlands has been blocking Romania’s and Bulgaria’s accession to Schengen for several months, insisting that the countries have to do more to fight organised crime and corruption. On the other hand, the European Parliament, European Commission and European Council have given their go-ahead to the two countries’ accession, underlining that both Bucharest and Sofia have met all technical requirements needed to join the border-free zone. The issue is likely to be discussed by the EU again in March, but the Netherlands said it would maintain its opposition even then. “I believe that if both sides are determined and make efforts, we will be able to find a solution in 2012,” Diaconescu said.

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