The Representation of the European Commission to Romania voiced concern over the amendments announced by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader. “We are concerned of the way the proposals to amend the law justice, announced on August 23, might affect the independence of the justice if these amendments were in the draft laws and were enforced,” said Angela Cristea, head of the EC Representation to Romania.
She also stated she is surprised of the media reports saying the amendments would have been debated and even endorsed by the European Commission.
The head of the EC Representation pointed out that the latest CVM report, released on January 25 this year, has acknowledged the progress made by the prosecutors and judges in Romania in the fight against top-level corruption, as well as the fact that they represent a proof of the independence and of the professionalism of the judiciary institutions. At the same time, Cristea added that the report has clearly underlined that any actions undermining this progress or that have as effect the dilution or minimization of defining corruption as crime will impact on the future assessments.
In its turn, Germany’s Embassy to Romania sounded the alarm on this topic, after two days ago the US Embassy in Bucharest released a similar message.
“So far, we have found out about the complex proposals on the judiciary system’s reform only from an official statements by the Justice minister. We, as partners within the European Union, are looking forward that the proposals should be published. We hail Romania’s Government assurances to have a wide consultation on these proposals, with all relevant and interested parts. We share the US Embassy’s concern: some of the amendments might have direct repercussions over the justice independence, for instance the reorganization of some authorities that proved their efficiency,” a press release by the embassy said.
“Enhancement of the rule of law, pursuing the efficient fight against corruption, as well as other Romania’s achievements within the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism are of high importance for Germany as well. By the end of last year, Romania has registered notable progress based on the current regulations and authorities,” the Germany embassy also pointed out.