Recent progress on Rule of Law and Trafficking in Persons as well as digitalization efforts to improve the flow of information between Romanian and American law enforcement groups were the main topics discussed on Wednesday by the U.S. Ambassador Adrian Zuckerman and Romanian Minister of Justice Catalin Predoiu at the Ministry of Justice.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Embassy, the Ambassador praised Minister Predoiu and General Prosecutor Gabriela Scutea for the very close the cooperation between Romanian and American law enforcement agencies.
“This cooperation has led to a number of recent high-profile arrests of transnational criminals involved in organized crime, trafficking in persons, cybercrime, the illicit drug trade, and financial crime,” the release shows.
The Ambassador also praised the Minister’s tireless efforts to redress the backsliding in applying the rule of law under the prior government and making anti human trafficking measures a priority:
“Minister Prediou is a leader in the fight against corruption and organized crime. We are grateful for his dedication,” Ambassador Zuckerman is quoted as saying.
The working meeting between Predoiu and Zuckerman was part of the institutional cooperation between the Ministry of Justice and the US Embassy in Bucharest, a release by the Ministry of Justice reads.
“The Ministry of Justice continues its efforts to coagulate a broader internal and external interinstitutional front to combat trafficking in human beings and organised crime and to empower any institutional resources and expertise in this field. We are also interested in the solutions and digitisation models already used in the United States justice systems and other Western democracies. The sector of private companies, including Romanian companies, has an important expertise in this field and must be considered in a public-private partnership for the digitisation of the Ministry of Justice, but also of subordinate institutions, the Public Prosecution Service, but also of the public judicial service. Digital solutions need to be integrated so that institutions can communicate and cooperate digitally without barriers and bottlenecks,” said Catalin Predoiu, at the end of his meeting with the US ambassador.