On Monday evening, Premier Viorica Dancila asked Justice Minister Tudorel Toader to inform her “with celerity” whether the European Commission sent, from 2012 to 2018, any other documents demanding a status report and the establishing of the next steps in cases of alleged high-level corruption.
“Following the media debates and considering the public interest concerning the clarification of extremely important aspects, as well as the need for Romania to function as a democratic, sovereign and independent state in which the separation of powers functions, I ask you, Minister, to inform me, with celerity, if during the 2012-2018 period there were any other such requests made (documents demanding a status report and the establishing of next steps in well-known corruption cases – editor’s note) on the Justice Ministry, directly or in another context,” reads Viorica Dancila’s letter to Justice Minister Tudorel Toader.
Premier Dancila based her gesture on the fact that the press published an official document that the European Commission had sent to the Justice Ministry in 2012, a document demanding information on the status of the judicial system and the establishing of the next procedural steps in cases of alleged high-level corruption, cases that were on the dockets of the courts and that concerned Gheorghe Copos, Adrian Nastase, Serban Bradisteanu, Ion Dumitru, Decebal Traian Remes, Dan Voiculescu, George Becali, Catalin Voicu and Tudor Chiuariu.
In fact, Premier Viorica Dancila and Justice Minister Tudorel Toader met on Monday, a meeting that Tudorel Toader confirmed for MEDIAFAX: “Yes, I met the Premier. We discussed current issues pertaining to the governance programme!”
Gov’t asks European Commission to clarify potential interferences in judicial system
The Government will send the European Commission a letter demanding clarifications on potential interferences in the judicial system, after a 2012 document that concerns the CVM was made public on Sunday, a document that also includes a list of persons with criminal problems.
“The Prime Minister informed us that the Government and/or the Justice Ministry will send a letter demanding clarifications from the European Commission regarding this document, so as to try to find out what formed the basis of the compiling of this list, what was the information on which it was based and why this request was made, and an ever-growing number of persons who have expressed a point of view consider – and one can consider – that that was an act of brutal interference in the Romanian judicial system, and one can even say that it was the inducing of a direction so that those persons must necessarily be convicted. We endorse the announced overture,” Liviu Dragnea stated.
The document, dated 10 October 2012 and addressed to the Romanian Government, presents a list of 21 demands that the European Commission had in relation to the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification (CVM), and was presented by Antena3 private broadcaster.
European Commission Representation in Romania on CVM document from 2012 and list of persons with criminal problems: We do not comment on documents from unofficial sources
On Monday, the European Commission’s Representation in Romania pointed out for MEDIAFAX that it does not comment on documents published by the press “from unofficial sources,” after a document dated 2012 and concerning the CVM was made public on Sunday. The document also contains a list of persons with criminal problems.
“As a general rule, the European Commission does not comment on documents that appear in the press as attributed to ‘unofficial sources,’” reads the answer that the European Commission’s Representation gave to MEDIAFAX’s inquiry.
JusMin Toader on PM’s request: I have received the respective letter, I’ll surely offer a response
Justice Minister Tudorel Toader on Tuesday announced that he will respond later in the day to the letter which Prime Minister Viorica Dancila addressed him regarding the possible requests for information of the European Commission in respect to high-level corruption cases.
“I have received the respective letter. I will surely offer a response today. (…) I left a team to correctly, rigorously check if such requests exist,” Toader stated at the Parliament Palace, where he was heard before the Constitutionality Committee regarding the enforcement of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.
The Minister mentioned that, after attending the Supreme Council of National Defence (CSAT) meeting, he will send the response to the PM.
“When I get back to Cotroceni we’ll have the answer, I will verify it and send it to Mrs PM,” Tudorel Toader explained.
European Commission responds about document that includes a list of names of persons with criminal problems: These are usual exchanges as part of the CVM
On Tuesday, in response to a MEDIAFAX inquiry, the European Commission pointed out that the document from 2012, which contains a list of names of persons that have criminal problems, was part of the usual technical exchanges within the CVM.
“This was part of the usual technical exchanges carried out as part of the CVM a few years ago (2012), referring to benchmark no.3, which stipulates “Building on progress already made, continue to conduct professional, non-partisan investigations into allegations of high-level corruption.” As you know, the CVM is a process based on an accord, meant to assess Romania’s progress in virtue of some established benchmarks,” Christian Wigan, European Commission Spokesperson for rule of law, EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and justice, told MEDIAFAX.