DIPLOMACY JUSTICE

UK Embassy, concerned that OUG on Criminal codes could slash the scope of the offense of corruption

The Embassy of the United Kingdom in Bucharest expresses concern regarding the fact that the Emergency Ordinance (OUG on Criminal Codes’ amendment – editor’s note) announced on 31 January could slash the scope of the offense of corruption, and also regarding the very limited nature of the previous consultation of the parties involved.

The diplomatic mission specifies that the ambassador of the United Kingdom to Romania, Paul Brummell has sent these points of view alongside members of several other diplomatic missions in Bucharest during a meeting with the Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister, Teodor Melescanu, on Wednesday.

The United Kingdom is one of the long haul supporters of Romania in the latter’s efforts to strengthen the rule of law and in its anti-corruption fight. We have always had an efficient dialogue on this matter with Romania’s governments, regardless of their political colour. We’ve collaborated with Romania the long of the years to help it achieve its obligations within the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), the message sent to AGERPRES by the Embassy of the United Kingdom reads.

The most recent report of the European Commission on the CVM, issued on 25 January, has emphasised the progress recorded by Romania in the past 10 years in the judiciary reform and the fight against corruption, and yet warned that ‘the legislative alterations meant clearly to weaken or slash the scope of the offense of corruption or that have represented a major challenge to the independence or effectiveness of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) would but draw the reassessment of the achieved progress, the Embassy specifies.

The UK Embassy to Romania recognises the attributions of the Government and Parliament to straight the country’s legislation, but expresses concern regarding the recent amendments that could ‘reduce the enforcement field’ in anti-corruption fight.

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