DIPLOMACY POLITICS

Jean-Claude Juncker comes to Bucharest for a debate on EU’s future on May 11

Head of the European Commission Representation in Bucharest Angela Cristea said Tuesday that President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker will be in Bucharest on May 11 for a public debate on the future of the European Union.

“I have seen many stands not just in Romania, but in other member states as well that [the debate on the future of the EU] is just a stunt, because what is being desired is already known. You can rest assured that this is not so, and I will give you two arguments, using two dates and one venue. The first date is April 20, the venue is the National Arts Museum in Bucharest, a public debate with Vice-President of the European Commission Timmermans, where everyone is invited to attend subject to capacity. (…) There are 400 places; the announcement is already made and before I came here 380 places had already been taken. The second date is May 11, the same venue, the same hall of 400 places, for a public debate with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, to which you are kindly invited; I have not made the announcement yet. I will make public the invitation to the citizens for the second debate as well after the debate with Mr Timmermans,” said Cristea.

Cristea made the announcement at the main offices of the Group for Social Dialogue (GDS) during a debate titled “Romania’s presidency of the Council of the European Union. How prepared are we?,” organised by MEP Siegfried Muresan and Revista 22 magazine.

 

 Parliament: Frans Timmermans to attend meeting of Judiciary and European Affairs Committees on 20 April

 

The Judiciary and European Affairs Committees of the Senate and the Deputies’ Chamber will gather on Thursday, 20 April, at 10:30 hrs, in the “Avram Iancu” Hall of the Parliament Palace, in a joint meeting that will also be attended by First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.

The discussion will aim at topics such as the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) and the White Paper regarding the future the European Union (EU).

“My request is to say in advance if you cannot attend. […] Take into account that you are in the committee’s schedule, on Thursday, 20 April, it’s similar to a Wednesday,” Chair of the Judiciary Committee Senator Serban Nicolae told his colleagues.

 

 Senate President Tariceanu to EC’s President Juncker: Due to CVM, Romania is not equal to other EU countries

 

The Senate’s President and co-chair of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu declared on Tuesday, that he told the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels that due to the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) Romania is not equal to other EU countries.

“We talked in Brussels about the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, I discussed with President Juncker very openly and honestly, because we have known each other for over ten years, since 2005, we have a cordial relation, that we used in the good way, asking him explicitly and, moreover, the President of the European Commission told me yesterday that what he wants and the proposal he made and reiterated yesterday is that during his mandate the MCV be concluded with Romania. I frankly told him that I think that this cooperation and verification mechanism makes Romania not equal alongside other countries of the EU,” Tariceanu reported in a telephone intervention at private TV broadcaster Antena 3.

The Senate President added that “in Brussels they are beginning to have doubts” about “the abuses and excesses and deviations that occur in Romania in justice”.

“In Brussels they are beginning to have doubts, because they receive information about the abuses and excesses and serious deviations taking place in Romania in justice, which violate civic rights and liberties, the right to one’s own image, which violate the presumption of innocence. I am up-to-date with everything that has been lately discussed at home, with the new secret DNA (the National Anti-corruption Directorate) and Services protocols, with the tactical field developed in justice all the way up to the court. Don’t think that by any chance I am not aware of these things,” argued the ALDE leader .

Tariceanu also mentioned that on May 11 the President of the European Commission will come to Bucharest and will address the Parliament, in the context of the debate on the future of the EU.

During his visit to Brussels, the President of the Senate, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu also met with Vera Jourova, European commissioner for justice and discussed about the recent developments of the judicial system in Romania and the prospects for completing the CVM, informed a press release of the Senate on Tuesday.

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