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March 21, 2023

Justice Minister, Spain ambassador discuss financing solutions for penitentiary system

Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader and the Ambassador of Spain in Bucharest, Ramiro Fernandez Bachiller met on Tuesday and discussed Romania’s preparation for taking over the presidency of the EU Council and the financing solutions for the penitentiary system, reads a press release of the Justice Ministry, sent on Wednesday.

Secretary of State Marieta Safta also attended the meeting on Tuesday.

“During the meeting, special attention was paid to Romania’s preparation of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Spanish side presenting its 2010 experience, which could be capitalized by launching a technical dialogue on the model chosen by Spain and the registered results. The talks also focused on identifying EU funding solutions for the penitentiary system,” shows the press release.

According to the quoted source, the topic of financing the penitentiary system was addressed in the context of an action initiated by the Romanian and Italian Ministries of Justice and signed by 10 other EU ministers.

The two officials also highlighted the common desire to intensify cooperation between the two countries, especially on judicial co-operation and criminal reform, also by organising ministerial bilateral visits and initiating joint projects.

“The talks also referred to the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), with the Spanish side expressing hope that MCV will be lifted before Romania takes over the Presidency of the EU Council, while stressing the importance of sustainability and irreversibility of the registered progress,” the release further mentions.

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