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February 4, 2023

President Iohannis: Romania has made important steps in fighting corruption, it is important for society this fight yielded results

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday Romania has made important steps in the fight against corruption and stressed it is important it should yield results.

‘In the last years, determined steps towards a very good direction have been made in Romania with respect to strengthening the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law. This evolution has also enhanced the component relating the anti-corruption fight. I personally have explicitly and very clearly expressed my view of this matter from the very beginning – the anti-corruption fight must be waged in all determination and it is being waged. It is important for our society to have this component and that it yielded results’, Iohannis said at the presidential Cotroceni Palace after meeting  Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev.

He underscored the citizens expect more responsible political class, transparent political decisions, predictability and proper economic development.

‘All these things are possible if we end the high-profile graft and then the prosecutors and judges have understood this thing very well. What we see now is a very intense phase of verifications and combat of corruption and it comes at a time when the people, by their vote, showed they wish something else – namely a new wind in the entire political class. The citizens wait for justice to be served, but ever more of them wait for social justice to be done and this thing has an important component: the fight against corruption with results, not only with debates and declarations. This is the way that Romania has understood to go on this path’, Iohannis stressed.

The Romanian head of state underscored all these things have an influence in the evaluations made by the European Commission and the European partners by the report on the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism and he said he had discussed the matter with his Bulgarian counterpart.

‘We are not carrying out the reform and the battle against graft in order to get a good report, we are doing these things because we believe in them and by this we want to make our societies more performing, opener to progress and to the European track. The first beneficiaries are not the European partners. The first and most important beneficiaries are our citizens and that is why this battle must be further waged with very great determination and then obviously all our observers will also write (in the report) after they find this progress that we wish to make for our citizens’, Iohannis pointed out.


Plevneliev praises efficiency of anti-corruption fight in Romania, admits Bulgaria “categorically lags behind”  in this respect


In his turn, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev told the  joint press conference in Bucharest with his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis he is glad to see the ‘efficiency and independence’ showed by the Romanian authorities with respect to the combat of high-profile corruption and stressed his country ‘categorically lags behind’ in this respect.

‘We are glad about the efficiency and independence that the Romanian authorities show with respect to the combat of high-profile corruption. Our Romanian friends have something to boast of and here Bulgaria categorically lags behind’, Plevneliev said after meeting Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the presidential Cotroceni Palace.

The Bulgarian head of state praised a decision made by his country’s parliament to adopt a strategy for pursuing with the judiciary reform.

‘I wait for concrete steps, concrete actions. I see positive signals in the judicial system in Bulgaria, given the decisions having been recently made at the Supreme Council of Magistracy, which were impossible to imagine in the last period, for removing certain judges and I hope the visits in both directions might find common points, to see how our Romanian friends have managed to set up an independent Prosecutor’s Office and the people wait for such things. It is important that the judiciary should mention their problems and things should go forward. We can obtain these results in Bulgaria too, it takes courage as well’, he said, quoted by Agerpres.

Plevneliev stressed that such things must be improved as the situation of those lawsuits in his country ‘that have a significant importance for the society’.

Plevneliev stressed that such things must be improved as the situation of those lawsuits in his country ‘that have a significant importance for the society’.

‘(…)We probably have one hundred lawsuits of international and national importance, less the one hundred where Bulgaria, unfortunately, at this moment shows inefficiency, they are delayed and unfortunately, here, in these lawsuits of significant importance for the society we have something to improve’, the Bulgarian president underscored, Agerpres informs.


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