It’s important for the reform to help the fight against corruption and establishment of the rule of law and not impede these objectives, Ambassador of the UK Paul Brummell told a news conference on Thursday organised at the end of his mandate in Bucharest.
His mentions came up when asked about the recent amendments to the Criminal Code adopted by the Romanian legislature.
Brummell brought to mind that when Romania joined the European Union, back in 2007, it was believed that a lot of progress must be done in respect to the fight against corruption and the rule of law. He also mentioned that each year the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) reports have recorded a significant progress in Romania.
In respect to the latest amendments in Justice, he highlighted that it’s very important for the reform to help the fight against justice and establish the rule of law, and not impede these objectives.
The British Ambassador also talked about the collaboration between Romania and the UK in the security and justice areas, mentioning drug and human beings trafficking. In this regard, he stressed that it’s important that these reforms help the international collaboration and brought to mind the recent message sent by the European Commission in the context of the criminal law amendments.
He pointed out that the debate continues on this topic and Romania is the main actor targeted by these changes.
He brought to mind the good partnership and expressed the desire for this partnership to continue and develop.
In respect to the fact that Romania would be currently considered a problem country, Brummell stated that from the UK’s perspective our country is not seen as a problem country.
When asked if British convicted politicians have resigned, the Ambassador mentioned that the judicial situations in the UK and Romania are different, and added that, historically speaking, in the past, in most cases when a British politician was criminally convicted, the respective individual had resigned.