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Senate Speaker meets EU ambassadors. Tariceanu’s message: Let’s communicate through consecrated channels

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu had talks with the heads of the diplomatic missions of European Union member states on Thursday, the amendments to the judicial laws, as well as the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) which is at risk of being transformed into an inefficient mechanism, being among the topics tackled.

“The Senate Speaker emphasised that Romania is a country whose citizens have a strong pro-European orientation and a favourable position on deeper integration based on the fundamental principles of the European Union: unity, solidarity, convergence and the equal treatment of member states. In this context, he reiterated that our country, alongside the other member states, is taking part in the current debates on the future of the EU and is seeking to contribute based on its experience, geographic position, and own ambitions, hoping that the EU, in its various institutional forms, will integrate them in the spirit of cohesion and solidarity,” reads a Senate press release.

At the same time, Tariceanu told the ambassadors that the CVM tends to become a political mechanism.

“The Senate Speaker expressed his opposition to those measures that would lead to the deepening of the cleavages that exist at EU level, particularly between East and West, calling on the observance of a fundamental principle of the Union, namely that all member states are equal partners in what concerns rights, dignity and opportunities. Mr Calin Popescu-Tariceanu has signalled, against this backdrop, the ever-growing concern about the CVM and the risk that by transforming a technical mechanism into a political one it would become an inefficient instrument. He opined that this aspect should be reanalysed in the dialogue between member states and the Commission, in view of concluding that the CVM has fulfilled, in its main aspect, the mission for which it was instituted with a wide national political consensus 11 years ago,” the source adds.

Tariceanu told the heads of the diplomatic missions of EU member states that our country continues to give special importance to accession to the Schengen Agreement, but that Romanians also have expectations that are late in appearing.

The judicial laws topic was not avoided either, Tariceanu pointing out the purpose of the amendments. At the same time, he asked the ambassador to use the consecrated diplomatic channels when they wish to share their experience.

“In the dialogue on this topic with the heads of the diplomatic missions of EU member states, the high-level dignitary emphasised that the Parliament is the supreme legislative and representative body and the institution that has the legitimacy and responsibility of adopting laws that would ensure the independence of the judiciary and the observance of the rights and freedoms of citizens. He recommended that those diplomatic missions that want to share their national experience in the domains of reference that are on the agenda of the citizens and, implicitly, that of Parliament, should communicate with the authorities through the channels consecrated by diplomatic regulations and customs, so that bilateral relations would be cultivated in a friendly spirit and a spirit of mutual respect,” the source adds.

Twelve partner states – Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United States of America – have recently conveyed to Romanian authorities a joint message asking that the rule of law not be weakened through the amending of the Criminal and Criminal Procedure Codes.

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