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Justice Minister claims Romania will get second consecutive positive CVM report

Justice Minister Robert Cazanciuc claims Romania will get for the second consecutive year a positive country report from the European Commission, within the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).

‘Our evaluation, based on the dialogue with the Commission’s and member states’ officials, shows we will have a positive country report for the second consecutive year. After all, the country report does nothing more than reflect the actual state of facts in Romania: an independent judiciary system, efficient law enforcement organizations determined to fight corruption, a firm commitment of the Executive to financially support the judiciary system through investments into courts and prosecutors’ offices. We can say Romania is today an example of good practices in Justice – and I would mention the efficiency of the fight against corruption, but I would take the process of implementation of three new codes in just one year, practically a unique process within the European Union,’ Cazanciuc said on Friday at the public radio station.

He mentioned his meetings scheduled on Tuesday in Brussels with the First Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and the Justice Commissioner Martine Reicherts; the future country report is one of the topics to be discussed.

Asked about the possibility of a political agreement to stop blocking the criminal investigations in the Parliament by the refusal of lifting the immunity of some officials charged with corruption, the minister mentioned he has promoted last year the idea of a political code of conduct on justice.

As regards the regulation of data storage within the context of terrorist threats, Cazanciuc asserted that the society is facing challenges that sometimes leave difficult choices to the authorities.

He underlined that Romania has efficient antiterrorist structures and is ‘safe’ so far.

On attacks against the independence of the Judiciary, the minister asserted, according to Agerpres, it was important that the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) eventually sanctioned every political declaration that might impact justice, irrespective the positions of those making such declarations.


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