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EC First Vice-President tells Romanian Parliament that the amending of Criminal Codes should be transparent

First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans has sent the Romanian parliament the message that the amending of Criminal Codes should be made in an objective, transparent and clear way.

The message was mentioned in a report by a group of senators which met European Commission officials in Brussels, ziare.com informs.

“In regard to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code reform, the amendments should be done in an objective, transparent and clear way, by consulting the relevant authorities and the parties involved,” the senators’ report, filed to the Senate Standing Bureau, reads.

On the other hand, Timmermans saluted the abrogation of emergency ordinance 13, saying “Romania is back on track”.

The EC First Vice-President assured the Romanian delegation of his support to finalize the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) process, adding that “the steps taken by the Romanian authorities should not question the progress made so far.”

The talks included the situation in Romanian penitentiaries.

“Regarding the detention conditions, Mr. Timmermans reiterated the EC support for the Romanian authorities, by providing experts in the field and by its availability to find solutions to access European funds to improve the detention conditions,” the document reads.

In her turn, EC Deputy Secretary General Paraskevi Michou assured the Romanian delegation, made up by Senators Ionut Sibinescu (ALDE), Nicoleta Pauliuc (PNL) and Viorel Salan (PSD) that the Commission will edit with celerity an answer to the letter sent by PM Sorin Grindeanu, by the end of March.

The EC official added it is of utmost importance to adopt a code of conduct for MPs, to clearly state that the lawmakers should respect the independence of the judiciary, as some statements made by them are “cause for concern”.

 

 

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