The latest developments within the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification (CVM) were discussed on Monday in Brussels, by the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, at the meeting with the Senate president, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu.
According to a press release of the Senate, the two officials exchanged views on a range of issues and agreed on the “importance of an extensive consultation with interested key stakeholders” and on the democratic process for “any measures which might be adopted in the future.”
“Transparency and openness are essential elements for maintaining confidence and stability. President Juncker repeated his intention to conclude CVM during his tenure, provided that Romania meet the necessary recommendations. The way to achieve these recommendations is set out clearly in the Commission’s reports regarding the CVM,” reads the release.
According to the source, Juncker and Tariceanu also discussed the economic situation of Romania and the future Romanian presidency to the EU Council in 2019.
“President Juncker encouraged the Senate’s president to continue implementing reforms in the interests of economic and social modernization while also developing a responsible fiscal policy. (…) President Juncker stressed the importance for Romania to hold back the reins in a crucial point, namely in the European Parliament elections’ year, and reiterated the Commission’s support for the Romanian authorities both before taking office as well as during the presidency of EU, so as to be a presidential success. At the same time, president Juncker confirmed the Commission’s commitment to be a partner of national parliaments and stressed that these, in particular the Romanian Parliament plays a key role in debates on the future of Europe,” the release further says.
The two officials agreed to meet again and continue the dialogue during president Juncker’s visit to Romania, who will hold a speech in front of Parliament on May 11.
During his visit in Brussels, President of the Senate, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, also met with Vera Jourova, European commissioner for justice. According to the source, the recent developments in the judicial system in Romania and prospects for the completion of the MCV were discussed during the meeting. The two dignitaries tackled issues of interest for Romania concerning the ongoing debate on the future of Europe, with a focus on the need for common direction and objectives for the Member States that would bind the Union to the direct interests of its citizens.
Commissioner Jourova praised Romania’s efforts to become actively involved in the processes and initiatives designed to sustain the European integration providing the recent example of the enhanced cooperation for the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor (EPPO).