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MCV Evaluation: Justice Minister meets EC experts over Romania’s progress

Justice Minister Robert Cazanciuc onMonday had a working meeting with theevaluation team over the progress made byRomania in the realms of judiciary reformand fight against corruption under theMechanism for Cooperation and Verification(MCV), reports Agerpres.According to a press release of theMinistry of Justice, the meeting agendaaddressed aspects such as the implementationof the new codes and the operationalisation ofan inter-institutional monitoring mechanismmeant to raise the efficiency of this task, thebalancing of the workload of courts of justiceand prosecutors’ offices and also the finalisationof the draft Strategy for development ofthe judiciary system following to be put upfor public debate.Furthermore, the discussion includedtopics like: the adoption by Parliament of adraft law concerning the elimination of specialpensions for magistrates convicted undercorruption charges; the continuation of theimplementation of the NationalAnticorruption Strategy; furthering theJustice District project; developing the cooperationbranch of the MCV by taking intoconsideration the European dimension ofsome horizontal issues (the time taken tosolve cases, judiciary overload, penitentiaryovercrowding, corruption in the public acquisitiondomain) that affect numerous EUmember states, as well as an integratedapproach to possible trans-border solutions tothese issues.The evaluation team, made of EuropeanCommission officials and magistrates fromEU member states (selected by theCommission), is set to complete its evaluationmission between September 22 – 26, thisbeing the second mission ran by theEuropean Commission in Romania in 2014.During the mission, the evaluation teamwill also hold meetings with representatives ofthe Constitutional Court, the SupremeCouncil of Magistrates, the JudiciaryInspection, the National Magistracy Institute,the National Clerk School, the High Court ofCassation and Justice, the Public Ministry, theNational Integrity Agency, the NationalIntegrity Council, as well as with officialsfrom other relevant institutions which activityis affected by the provisions of the MCV.Furthermore, the discussion includedtopics like: the adoption by Parliament of adraft law concerning the elimination of specialpensions for magistrates convicted undercorruption charges; the continuation of theimplementation of the NationalAnticorruption Strategy; furthering theJustice District project; developing the cooperationdimension of the MCV by taking intoconsideration the European dimension ofsome horizontal issues (the time taken tosolve cases, judiciary overload, penitentiaryovercrowding, corruption in the public acquisitiondomain) that affect numerous EUmember states, as well as an integratedapproach to possible trans-border solutions tothese issues.The evaluation team, made of EuropeanCommission officials and magistrates fromEU member states (selected by theCommission), is set to complete its evaluationmission between September 22 – 26, thisbeing the second mission ran by theEuropean Commission in Romania in 2014.During the mission, the evaluation teamwill also hold meetings with representatives ofthe Constitutional Court, the SupremeCouncil of Magistrates, the JudiciaryInspection, the National Magistracy Institute,the National Clerk School, the High Court ofCassation and Justice, the Public Ministry, theNational Integrity Agency, the NationalIntegrity Council, as well as with officialsfrom other relevant institutions which activityis affected by the provisions of the MCV.Furthermore, a visit in the field of theevaluation team is scheduled, the agendaincluding meetings with local representativesof the institutions involved in the reformprocess of the judiciary system and fightagainst corruption, as well as with representativesof the business environment.

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