The closing of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) will depend on what is happening in Romania, on Thursday said Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, at a press conference at the headquarters of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the EU.
Ludovic Orban added that he didn’t talk with the EU high officials about the situation of the Special Section for the Investigation of Crimes in the Judiciary.
“As regards the CVM, I voiced our determination to transpose the recommendations included in the annual report and our belief that Romania will observe all the standards and good practices at European level in the Judiciary,” the head of the Romanian Gov’t said, according to Agerpres.
About the above-mentioned special section for the investigations of crimes committed by magistrates, Orban said “You know the gov’t’s stance. We have endorsed a Memorandum with our stance in favour of disbanding the said special section”.
The Prime Minister added that the closing of the CVM is up to Romania.
“This is up to us. Obviously, the European Commission has another attitude towards the Bucharest officials and towards our Government and towards the president of Romania. They understand very clearly that a beneficial change took place in Bucharest, yet at the end of the day the closing of the CVM will depend on what we do in Romania.”
Romania has met all requirements for accession to Schengen
Romania has met all the requirements for accession to Schengen, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban told a press conference held at the headquarters of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union on Thursday.
He had earlier met the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
“We have approached the Schengen issue. As we have stated, we reiterate that, from our point of view, Romania is meeting all the requirements for accession to Schengen,” said the head of the Bucharest Executive.
At the same time, Orban stated that “at the level of the European Commission, and at the level of the European Parliament, there is support for Romania, for Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area”.
In this context, the prime minister also spoke of “unsupportive attitudes” towards Romania with regard to this objective and the fact that “determined steps” will be taken to convince the states that are not on our country’s side, Agerpres informs.
“We still need to take steps, in the end, to reach a consensus at the European Council level. There still are no blatant opposition, yet attitudes of lack of support for this objective, which I am convinced will change in favor of Romania in a reasonable time frame,” the Romanian prime minister pointed out.
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban paid a three-day visit to Brussels, where he met several European leaders.