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Gov’t Spokesperson: Memorandum on GRECO report has been adopted but remains confidential until GRECO publishes it

On Wednesday, the Government adopted a Memorandum on the GRECO Report, but the document will remain confidential until GRECO publishes it, Government Spokesperson Nelu Barbu said. The topic of the memorandum was the publishing of the Report.

“It has been adopted. In what concerns its publishing, that is up to GRECO. Until it is published, the report is confidential,” Barbu stated.

On Wednesday, the Government’s agenda included a memorandum on the topic: “Publishing of the ad-hoc Report concerning Romania, adopted in line with Regulation no.34 of GRECO’s Procedural Regulations.”

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced a week ago that Romanian authorities have received the ad-hoc report that the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) recently adopted, which will be translated and forwarded to the Government for it to authorise its publishing. He also stated that the Government, not the Justice Minister, is the one to authorise the publishing of the GRECO Report, and that he has signed the memorandum addressed to the Executive, a memorandum asking that the document be published.

The Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) announced that during its plenary meeting, on 19-23 March 2018, it adopted a new report on the judicial reforms in Romania, and encouraged the Romanian authorities to authorise its publication. At the same time, the President of GRECO received instructions to inform Romanian authorities about the conclusions of the report, and the head of the Romanian delegation was asked to present a written address regarding the status of the judicial reforms from an institutional standpoint and also from the standpoint of law and criminal procedure, during GRECO’s next plenary meeting (18-22 June 2018).

The ‘Romania 100’ Platform and the PNL asked Minister Tudorel Toader to immediately publish the GRECO Report on the amendments brought to the judicial laws.

A GRECO delegation visited Romania on February 21-22, as part of an urgent ad-hoc assessment of the judicial laws from the standpoint of the fight against corruption and of Romania’s compliance with previous GRECO recommendations on this topic. The GRECO delegation pointed out in a press release that those tasked with probing, criminally prosecuting, and trying corruption crimes should benefit from the independence and autonomy befitting their offices, including in the case of disciplinary mechanisms. Likewise, GRECO recommended that the authorities should ask the Venice Commission for a point of view on the judicial reform legislation.

In a report adopted in December 2017, GRECO established that Romania’s current progress in what concerns the implementation of its recommendations in the field of preventing corruption among members of Parliament, judges, and prosecutors are “totally unsatisfactory.” GRECO asked for improvements in several fields, including in the legislative process that should be more transparent.

Likewise, the report underscored the need for the CSM and the Judicial Inspection to be more active in what concerns analysis, feedback, and counselling, and that the CSM should gain a greater role in what concerns the appointment and dismissal of the chief prosecutors.

 

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