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May 26, 2020

EC: CVM limits not modified to include organized crime

The European Commission (EC) did not modify in any way the limits of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) during the mission of experts’ visit to Romania, a visit that started on November 25, EC spokesperson Mark Gray stated on Wednesday evening for Agerpres, thus dismissing the allegations published by the Romanian press. “The EC conducted its most recent mission to Romania in order to prepare the next report. As happens always, the EC had meetings with a wide range of government and non-government institutions during the visit. It has to be emphasized that the EC did not raise questions about organized crime cases at any moment,” Gray pointed out. In the last two days the Romanian press published information according to which EC experts allegedly asked for the first time for data on the activity of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), the aforementioned sources stating that this could be equivalent to expanding the monitoring of Romania to include organized crime too, not solely corruption. At present the combating of organized crime is featured among the CVM conditions just in Bulgaria’s case. “We can confirm that the EC met DIICOT, just as it did on prior occasions, in order to discuss a number of corruption-related issues. But the issue of organized crime was not tackled at any moment,” Mark Gray stated. A team of EC experts arrived in Bucharest on Monday in order to evaluate Romania’s progress in the judiciary and fight against corruption domains included in the CVM. The mission is led by a high-ranking official from the EC’s General Secretariat, as usually happens with final missions taking place before the presentation of the report. The current mission is led by Deputy General Secretary Michel Servoz. The EC will present in January the CVM reports on the progress made by Romania and Bulgaria.

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