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January 28, 2022

German Embassy in Bucharest on parliamentary immunity: We look with concern at current events that currently impact CVM

Germany’s Embassy in Bucharest said in a Friday release to Agerpres that parliamentary immunity should not be abused in order to protect certain individuals and that it follows “with particular attention and concern” the events taking place in this period, which “have direct effects on the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) evaluation process.”

According to the cited source, which expresses the position of Berlin’s diplomatic mission in Bucharest in connection with the current debates on parliamentary immunity, the institutions that support Romania’s rule of law must be able to carry out their activity “free of limitation.”

From our perspective, it is crucial that the institutions that support, protect and further develop the rule of law in Romania are able to unfold their activity free of limitations. Respect for the justice independence and for the principle of separation of powers requires parliamentary immunity to be approached in such a manner that it isn’t abused in order to protect certain individuals. In this context, we note with particular attention and concern the current events which directly affect the CVM evaluation process, reads the Embassy’s release.

On the other hand, the German Embassy in Bucharest declares its support for the “constant efforts” of the Romanian criminal investigation authorities in the fight against corruption. The cited source said these efforts are the expression of the commitments undertaken by Romania “in the community based on the rule of law and values the EU stands for and which materialize (…) in the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism.


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