Commissioner Vera Jourova on triggering Article 7 on Romania: Not yet

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The triggering of Article 7 on Romania, meaning the suspension of the voting rights in European parliament, depends on what happens in the next period, European Commissioner for Justice Vera Jourova said on Friday in Bucharest.

Asked by the journalists about the European Commission reaction if the Government adopts the emergency ordinances to amend the laws of justice, Vera Jourova said: “I will not speculate on this issue, Mr. Timmermans was clear yesterday that we want to see positive results of the dialogue. For us the two ordinances are steps towards a very wrong direction and we are waiting for reactions from the Government, with the hope the Government will return to the normal path, which was very positive and successful in the past ten years. I won’t speculate on the next steps, but a reaction will exist,” Jourova said, informs.

Asked about Article 7, the European Commissioner said “not yet, but it may be a decision, we did not hesitate to trigger it against Poland. We need further discussions and it depends on what will take place in Romania in the coming days.”

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