A new evaluation mission by the European Commission within the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism will come to Romania during September 18-21, according to a note on the Senate’s agenda. The visit comes amid tensions over debates regarding justice system amendments.
The Senate and the Chamber of Deputies are invited to hold a joint meeting with the chairmen of the legal committees on September 19, during 16:15-17:15 and to send representatives to attend the meeting held at the Justice Ministry’s HQs on September 19, from 10:15 to 11:30 and on September 20, from 08:30 to 09:30.
“In this respect, we kindly ask you to briefly send your contributions to the recommendations 1,2,3,4,7 and 10 within the CVM. These could cover the period from June 30 to August 31, 2017. We would appreciate to receive the contributions both written and online, in Romanian and English until September 4. We underline that the European Commission delegation will be an extended one, with Mrs. Paraskevi Michou, deputy secretary general of the EC, responsible for the CVM issue and Mr. William Sleath, director for policies coordination within the EC Secretariat attending,” reads the EC note.
The EC experts’ visit takes place in a tensed period for the judiciary system in Romania, due to the controversial amendments on major justice laws announced by the Justice Ministry. Justice Minister Tudorel Toader has been criticized lately over his proposals, with the European Commission Representation to Romania and several foreign diplomatic missions in Bucharest voicing concern over the heralded amendments.