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May 20, 2022

German Ambassador to Bucharest: Romania’s European partners particularly want stability and strengthening the rule of law

Romania’s European partners particularly want from this county “stability and predictability” and “to firmly carry on the road of strengthening the rule of law,” new Ambassador of Germany in Bucharest Cord Meier-Klodt stated in a press conference.

“In order for these opportunities deriving from the European policy and from the bilateral relations to materialize and become reality, we, the European and international partners of Romania want most of all a single thing: stability and predictability,” Cord Meier-Klodt stated.

Moreover, the diplomat underlined that another important factor is “to firmly carry on the road of strengthening the rule of law and the fight against corruption.”

“Both of them are powerful factors that are always targeted by possible investors within their decision-making process in respect to a new investment destination,” he said.

The Ambassador added that the federal Government has been supporting this aspect for a long time, on the highest level. “Federal Chancellor Merkel and Federal President Gauk underlined, as clearly as possible this thing, in the discussions carried out with President Iohannis, with the Government and with justice and civil society representatives, expressing their respect for the performance that Romania achieved over the last years,” the diplomat added.

He announced his intention to meet with members of the Government in order to convey the same message.

“I will also reiterate the same message to the representatives of Romania’s Government, whom I want to consecutively meet, as soon as possible, and I will clearly express my wish for Romania to continue the course of reforms, including in respect to the fight against corruption,” Cord Meier-Klodt added.

When asked to share his opinion on the attempts of amending the Criminal Code, the dignitary stated that he wants to first discuss it with the Embassy’s partners.

“I believe that my statement was clear on the fact that we, the international partners, expect Romania to continue this course of reforms, to also go through these steps in the future and all its accomplishments, including in respect to the fight against corruption,” Cord Meier-Klodt added.

“We are all convinced that this sensitive subject, as the one on amending the Criminal Code, the pardon law, it needs a discussion carried out with consideration, in a transparent manner, to which Parliament, as well as experts must attend, and I believe that – so I understood Romania’s President – firstly, an opened and transparent dialogue is wanted that will be attended by all the interested partners,” the diplomat said, according to Agerpres.

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