Romanian Justice Minister Raluca Pruna said on Wednesday after meeting her Spanish counterpart Rafael Catala Polo that she is certain they could work together within the Justice and Home Affairs Councils in Brussels, including for lifting the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) for Romania.
The two ministers delivered joint press statements after their talks at the Ministry of Justice.
Pruna asserted that the meeting was a good opportunity for both sides to discuss topics on the Justice agendas of the two countries, and matters of shared interest on the European agenda, on which she and her guest work together within the Councils of the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA).
Among other topics, the ministers addressed the efficiency of functioning of the judiciary; the organization of courts; the functioning of law enforcement agencies in general; and the consolidation of the penitentiary infrastructure. Spain and other EU member states, especially Italy, host large Romanian communities; thus, the two officials tackled specific topics like child custody in split families.
They approached the judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters.
Pruna voiced her confidence that collaboration with Catala Polo is possible within JHA councils, including on Romania’s ongoing approach to the CVM lifting within a certain horizon of time. Spain has been traditionally an important partner of Romania, she added, providing the example of Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate, created in a bilateral programme with Spain’s Fiscalia Anticorrupcion.
Spanish Justice Minister praises Romanian community of Spain
The Romanian community is an example of integration and participation in the social, economic life of Spain, visiting Spanish Justice Minister Rafael Catala Polo said Wednesday in Bucharest .
“There are approximately one million Romanians living in Spain. To us, they are an example of integration and participation in the social and economic life of Spain. This very important community of Romanians, who live next to us, who want to be in Spain, is a reason of satisfaction and pride to us. Very important bilateral relations undoubtedly result from this. There are daily actions at embassies’ level, but also in the judiciary sphere on certain occasions,” the Spanish minister stated after a meeting with his Romanian counterpart Raluca Pruna.
Catala Polo estimated that collaboration with the Romanian judiciary is very good, both on a bilateral level and in relation with the European Union.
“We work together as regards the European agenda; we work together in Brussels in projects concerning liberty, security and justice – the pillars of the European Union. For instance, in this respect we have just completed the works within the regulation on data protection, where we have adopted joint stances, but also as regards the future establishment of the European Prosecutor’s institution, another project in which we worked together and taken joint standpoints. We’ll continue to work to get to shared positions in matters regarding the EU’s interest area,” said the Spanish justice minister.
He noted that many actions within the judiciary – such as the fight against organized crime and against corruption, the improvement of the judiciary or the implementation of the new computer-based technologies – are advancing in parallel in Spain and in Romania.
ForMin Comanescu discusses project of International Court for Terrorism with Spanish JusMin
Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu met on Tuesday Spanish Justice Minister Rafael Catala Polo. They exchanged views on migration and discussed the project of an International Court for Terrorism.
A release of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) to Agerpres informs that the two officials exchanged opinions on several matters of shared interest for Romania and Spain, circumscribed to the bilateral political dialogue, to the European agenda and especially to the situation of the Romanian community of Spain.
“The excellent level of relations between the two states was hailed; it develops within the privileged framework of the Romania – Spain Strategic Partnership, and it is highlighted by the constant dialogue on a high political level. As regards the situation of the Romanian community of Spain, minister Lazar Comanescu thanked the host country for its positive attitude and voiced his appreciation for the opening showed by the Spanish side in the dialogue on dual citizenship for the Romanians in Spain who want it, or on adequate ways for granting the Romanian Orthodox Church of Spain the same facilities as other cults,” the MAE document reads.
On migration, both interlocutors advocated the need of an integrated approach on a European Union level and the importance of managing the root causes of the phenomenon.
“The two ministers also approached the Romanian-Spanish project of setting up an International Court for Terrorism; they emphasized the need to continue promoting this initiative in order to consolidate the mechanisms available for the international community to fight terrorism. As regards the issue of Catalonia, the head of the Romanian diplomacy restated the firm support for Spain’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and the need of fully observing the Spanish Constitution and the basic principles of international law,” the MAE mentioned.
The release adds that the sides agreed to continue a sustained dialogue to continue developing the bilateral relation and to better coordinate and use the interests shared by the two states on European and international levels.
Patriarch Daniel welcomes Spain’s JusMin Catala
Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church on Wednesday welcomed visiting Spain’s Justice Minister Rafael Catala to thank him for the support of the Spanish state officials to the over one million of Romanians residing in Spain.
The Romanian Patriarchy says in a press statement that Daniel underscored the need for cooperation and solidarity at European level in the family of Latin people, which is a representative entity inside the European Union.
“During the meeting, the signing of an agreement between Spain and the Romanian Orthodox Church for the Christian Orthodox community of Spain to get the same incentives as other religious denominations was brought up,” the statement says.
Justice Minister Catala is quoted as saying important steps have already been taken, including the Spanish Government recognising Christian Orthodox church weddings and accepting them in the civil law.
Catala also voiced a special interest in the relationship with the Romanian Orthodox Church, which he said contribute to the good integration of Romanians with the Spanish society, underscoring excellent cooperation between Spanish authorities and Romanian Bishop Timotei of Spain and Portugal.
Also discussed at the meeting were the legislative framework for the operation of religious denominations and religious education in both countries, along with refugee issues, with emphasis on an integrated approach at the EU level.