Justice Minister Titus Corlatean said on Antena 3 TV on Saturday that the EC justice report would also contain a ‘political addition’ based on incorrect aspects raised in connection with the actual situation in Romania. Corlatean also said ‘some will use the political conclusions’ in the report to make it harder for the country to enter the Schengen area. Asked about what the report could contain, the minister said, in his opinion, ‘there will be a fair and objective assessment’ of ‘the substance’, recognising the progress made by Romania. The statements on the report followed another statement Corlatean had made, calling ‘gross manipulation’ and ‘lies’ the information on the situation in Romania sent to European officials by ‘various sources’. Asked what the sources could be, Corlatean said they were the mass-media, NGOs and political ones. As for the information sent, the official said it ‘had not hurt the Government, Ponta or Antonescu’, but the image and interests of Romania, something that, in his view, should be blamed on ‘the completely unscrupulous people who desperately realise that they are losing the power, (…) for a good reason’. The European Commission’s reports on Romania and Bulgaria, prepared in the framework of the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification, will be published on July 18.