The modifications to Justice laws, human trafficking and collaboration between the UK and Romania in the area were among the topics Justice Minister Tudorel Toader and UK Ambassador in Bucharest Paul Brummell (photo) discussed on Wednesday.
“We have discussed about the collaboration between the UK and Romania in the Justice area. We have a very close collaboration. (…) We have discussed the modifications to the judiciary system of Romania. I have underscored that Romania must decide according to the Constitution and the parliamentary procedures. I have stressed that we appreciate what Romania has done in respect to the fight against corruption. Romania has institutions that are working very well. The modifications to Justice laws must be discussed with all involved parties. The Minister explained the purpose of the modifications,” Brummell said at the end of the meeting at the Justice Ministry headquarters.
In respect to the modifications to the Justice laws, Paul Brummell pointed out that during the discussion he underscored that Romania must decide which the most suitable justice system is, adding that there are institutions such as the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), which, in his opinion, are working very well.
“We have discussed the modifications to the judiciary system in Romania and I highlighted that, of course, it is for Romania to decide according to the Constitution and according to the parliamentary procedures what justice system you want, what is the system suitable for Romania. We underscored we appreciate very much what Romania did last year in respect to the establishment of the rule of law and the fight against corruption. I underscored that Romania has institutions such as DNA that (…) are working very well and our point of view is that any modification should be done with all involved parties and the modifications should be aimed at strengthening the rule of law in Romania and the fight against corruption.”
Asked if Tudorel Toader said that he supports the fight against corruption, the Ambassador said: “Yes. He said it, too, is important for Romania.”
Brummell also pointed out that he is the one who initiated the meeting on Wednesday with Tudorel Toader.
On September 1, the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Bucharest expressed hope that any modifications in the judiciary will have the role to support and develop the significant progress made by Romania in the past years in the fight against corruption.
“Deciding on its own legislation is Romania’s responsibility, in accordance with its Constitution and the parliamentary procedures”, reads a point of view of the said diplomatic mission, sent at the request of AGERPRES.
“We do hope that any change to the judiciary has the role to promote the independence and the operational effectiveness of the judicial institutions and the rule of law, taking into account the recommendations of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) of the EU. Moreover, we hope that such amendments will include a broad consultation with all the relevant parties”, the Embassy adds.
“Hopefully, any amendments have the role to support and develop the important progress achieved by Romania in the last years in the fight against corruption and to strengthen the rule of law, through the accomplishments of bodies such as the DNA”, the UK Embassy in Bucharest furthers on.
JusMin: Romanian-British collaboration in the judiciary field, among topics tackled by Toader and UK ambassador
Romanian – British collaboration in the judiciary field, including in what concerns judiciary cooperation in civil and criminal matters, was among the topics that Justice Minister Tudorel Toader and UK Ambassador to Romania Paul Brummell tackled during their meeting on Wednesday, a joint press release issued by the Justice Ministry and the UK Embassy shows.
“Today’s meeting was a good opportunity to consolidate the relations of cooperation between the two states and to reaffirm mutual support. Minister Toader presented the context of the proposed amendments to the Justice laws,” reads the Justice Ministry communique.
According to the aforementioned source, Ambassador Brummell stated that it is Romania’s responsibility to decide on its own legislation, in accordance with its Constitution and parliamentary procedures. At the same time, he expressed hope that the changes brought to the judiciary will promote the independence and operational efficiency of the judicial institutions of the rule of law and that they will be brought about via wide consultation with all relevant parties.