PM Victor Ponta and Justice Minister, Robert Cazanciuc said yesterday that the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification (MCV) report was not delayed for January, but it has been scheduled for the beginning of 2014. According to Cazanciuc, the technical visit of the European Commission experts was scheduled in November 24-27 ”long ago”, so it was not possible for the report to be presented earlier than January. The Romanian official’s statements are coming after the EC spokesperson Mark Gray had stated on Tuesday that the report regarding the progress recorded by Romania in the MCV will be presented at the beginning of next year, ‘the most probably in January’. Initially, the European Commission had announced the report would be presented in December this year. Gray said that the community executive received several complaints coming from NGOs over the last days, ‘after the controversy created some prosecutors and some designations’. “(…) DNA is mentioned by the European Commission in all its reports as one of the most efficient institutions as regards the criteria for Romania’s meeting the conditions of MCV (…) The European Commission will not comment on individual nominations, individual prosecutors, it is not our position. But, in its future report, the Commission will analyse the whole situation of DNA, as we always do and we will do it at the beginning of next year”, Gray said, as quoted by www.actmedia.eu.
In this context, The Netherlands Embassy to Bucharest specified for Mediafax that the Hague will wait for the MCV report before coming to a decision regarding Romania’s joining Schengen. This topic should have been discussed at the Justice and Home Affairs (JAI) Council, in December this year.