DIPLOMACY JUSTICE

Ambassador Klemm: The U. S. has certain concerns against Justice Ministry’s proposals

The United States of America has certain concerns against the proposals of amending the Justice laws and deem that they could “reverse” Romania’s path as regards the rule of law, on Thursday said the U. S. Ambassador to Romania, Hans Klemm.

“The United States has certain concerns against the Justice Ministry’s proposals. I have expressed these concerns privately, with the minister or other members of the Gov’t, and I did it publicly, in an official declaration”, said Hans Klemm, attending the Global SOF Symposium Europe.

“I only wish to emphasise that that declaration I have conveyed on 29 August (on the amendments to the Justice laws, ed. n.), was not conveyed in my name, in the name of the U. S. Embassy in Bucharest, but was conveyed in the name of the United States of America. The U. S. Government takes seriously the proposals of the Justice Minister, it is deeply concerned”, he pointed out.

Klemm recalled Romania’s progresses in the rule of law, that have made our country become a regional standard, in his opinion.

“I believe, the United States of America believes that Romania ever since 2004 has made very important steps to having an independent judicial system and a strong anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office. Things could also be done as regards the Education, but through the accomplishments that have commenced in 2004, Romania became a region’s model and an inspiration for the USA”, the diplomat asserted.

“We want Romania to stay on the direction it has consolidated in the last years. We are worried that the proposals of the Justice minister could reverse this path for Romania”, Hans Klemm added.

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