Romania political crisis|EC President Juncker ‘greatly concerned’ with latest developments

Newsroom 01/02/2017 | 13:57

In a February 1 statement released by President Jean-Claude Juncker and First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, the two EU officials stressed that the irreversibility of the progress against corruption is essential for the European Commission.

“The fight against corruption needs to be advanced, not undone. We are following the latest developments in Romania with great concern.

The irreversibility of the progress achieved in the fight against corruption is essential for the Commission to assess whether at some point monitoring under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) could be phased out.

Our CVM Report, published last week, acknowledged the track record achieved so far by prosecutors and judges in Romania in addressing high-level corruption. At the same time, it made clear that any steps which undermine this progress, or have the effect of weakening or shrinking the scope of corruption as an offence, would have an impact on any future assessments.

The Commission warns against backtracking and will look thoroughly at the emergency ordinance on the Criminal Code and the Law on Pardons in this light.”

On Tuesday evening the Grindeanu Government passed the controversial amendments to the Criminal Code for the partial decriminalization of abuse in office despite repeated protests.

European Parliament to debate situation in Romania

On Thursday, 4 February 2017, starting 10 am (Romanian time), the European Parliament will hold a debate on the topic of justice and the rule of law in Romania. The debate will take place during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels on 1-2 February 2017. The full agenda of the session is available at the link and will be updated soon. All EP reunions can be followed live on EP TV or EbS. The EbS website also contains the embed codes for retransmission.

Georgeta Gheorghe

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