Romania and Bulgaria should be treated like all the other 26 member states of the European Union as regards the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) on the Judiciary, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Tuesday in Strasbourg.
He said the same opinion was voiced by the Romanian justice minister and by President Klaus Iohannis.
According to Ponta, Romania has fulfilled most of the obligations it assumed upon joining the EU, and the country’s justice is now independent and functional. He said an equal CVM should be applied to all the EU member states, as proposed early after the European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker began its term, so that clear rules apply to the Judiciary, to the rule of law and to the fundamental freedoms and rights. “We’re an EU member equal to all the other. Some cannot be ‘more equal’ than the others,” the prime minister answered media questions about his position on the CVM during an official visit to Strasbourg.
Ponta met in Strasbourg European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans and European Commissioners Vera Jourova (Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality) and Margrethe Vestager (Competition). Later on Tuesday, he had meetings scheduled with European Parliament President Martin Schulz, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen (Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness).
“The Prime Minister will present, in the discussions with the European officials, the evolutions in economy and the recent measures Romania’s Government adopted in the economic and social area and, at the same time, will have an opinion exchange on topical issues on the European agenda, with a focus on the Juncker Investment Plan, the Economic and Monetary Union, the Energy Union and the situation in the eastern neighbourhood, in the prospects of the Summit of Riga, to be held in May 2015,” the Government announced in a press release.
The cited source also points out that Victor Ponta will also present Romania’s progress within the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism and will approach “aspects concerning the state-aid within the European Commission’s assistance programme for Romania.”