PM Viorica Dancila said at the beginning of the weekly Government sitting that she had told the European leaders whom she had met in Brussels this week that the debate on the violation of the rule of law in Romania “is a fake, eminently political topic”.
“I brought arguments in this regard. As for the justice law amendments, I pointed out they had been operated in compliance with the ECHR case law and with the Venice Commission’s recommendations,” Dancila told the ministers.
According to her, she told the European leaders that the Government is open for dialogue, while reaffirming the Cabinet’s attachment to the democratic values and principles.
Dancila said that “there is manipulation meant to induce a wrong perception of the way related to Romania and to the rule of law in Romania“.
Manfred Weber, the leader of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament has voiced his concern about situation in Romania, stating that the Government in Bucharest is reporting setback in countering corruption and asking PM Viorica Dancila, whom he had met in Brussels, to provide explanations in the EP.
„Yesterday I met Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. I told her we are very worried about the political situation in her country. The government is going backwards in the fight against corruption and the independence of the judiciary. I believe the Romanian Prime Minister should come to the European Parliament to explain the situation. What do you think? We will not bargain over the rule of law,” reads a post by Weber on his Facebook page.
Avoiding Euronews questions
According to a footage released by Euronews TV yesterday during Dancila’s visit to Brussels, the Romanian premier has ignored a journalist from the above-mentioned TV channel who asked her several times to give them a reaction on the referendum to redefine family.
The journalist ran after Dancila on the European Parliament’s halls, asking her to comment on her discussions with the S&D group and to present a stance on the upcoming family referendum in Bucharest, but Dancila stood silent. Eventually the reporter was blocked by the bodyguards and by the members of the Romanian delegation to get closer to Dancila.
“Mrs. prime minister what did you discuss today with the S&D group? Any reaction? Prime Minister, are you still go on with the referendum? Can we get a quick reaction, please regarding the referendum? What did the S&D group say about the referendum on gay marriage?” the reporter asked.