Justice Minister Tudorel Toader met in Brussels on Tuesday with European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, in which context they discussed, among others, the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) file development, the Justice Ministry (MJ) announces in a press release.
According to the cited source, during the meeting they approached relevant aspects to the CVM file development, the Romanian Minister making a presentation of the mandate priorities, aimed at fulfilling the technical agenda monitored within the mechanism.
“The Justice Ministry will prepare the evaluation missions which the European Commission will conduct in Romania in 2017, having as a priority ensuring the cooperation between institutions and achieving the objectives and technical recommendations, so that the report to be published at the end of 2017 be a positive one,” the release points out.
During the same meeting, the Justice Minister reiterated the firm commitment of the Romanian Government of continuing the already registered progresses in the judiciary system and in the activity of preventing and combating corruption, meant to bring forth the completion of the monitoring.
“First Vice-President Timmermans appreciated the major progresses achieved by Romania in the areas of justice reform and corruption combat, voicing expectations that these progresses continue. The European Commission backs Romania’s efforts, as partner,” the MJ release points out.
Moreover, the MJ shows, the two dignitaries agreed to continue the good cooperation between the European Commission and Romania aimed at reaching the objectives of fulfilling the recommendations and then, the successful completion of the Mechanism.
“Another aspect approached regarded the improvement of the conditions in the Romanian penitentiaries, the Justice Minister underscoring the need of some complementary solutions, applied in the proper share, both on the legislative corridor and on that of infrastructure,” MJ also shows.
At the same time, the release maintains that First Vice-President Frans Timmermans reiterated the availability of the European Commission of providing financial aid for the rehabilitation of the detention spaces.
The continuation of the dialogue between the two dignitaries will materialise in the visit that Frans Timmermans will pay to Romania on 20 April 2017.
According to MJ, also attending the meeting was Paraskevi Michou, Acting Director-General for Justice and Consumers at the European Commission, in charge with the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).
JusMin Toader, European Commissioner Cretu tackle possibilities to materialise the EU financial aid to improve penitentiary conditions
The possibilities to materialise the European Union financial aid for the improvement of the penitentiary conditions were among the topics discussed by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu, in Brussels, the Justice Ministry (MJ) announces in a press release.
According to the release, Tudorel Toader and Secretary of State Marieta Safta on Tuesday had a bilateral meeting with Corina Cretu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy.
“During the meeting, they approached the possibilities to materialise the European Union financial aid for the improvement of the penitentiary conditions, agreeing on the need of an inter-institutional coordination for accessing funds under projects devoted to the rehabilitation of the detention infrastructure,” the release points out.
At the same time, according to the MJ, the Justice Minister underscored that the solutions to the problem of the detention conditions must be complementary, the rehabilitation of the existing spaces being only one of these.