The National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA) has awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa to the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, in an event today in the ‘Carol I’ Central University Library in Bucharest. The EC leader has once again voiced against violation of rule of law.
If the rule of law is threatened, and the press is confined, the democracy is reinterpreted on the idea that “the winner takes it all”, Timmermans said in his speech.
The EC first vice-president, known for his firm and repeated stances on the rule of law in Romania and for warning the authorities in Bucharest over the amendments on the justice laws, Timmermans also said that, when the rule of law is trampled, other issues come out, for instance, politicians cannot be held responsible anymore.
He reminded that we often see how the European Commission and the EU Council are criticising the changes that would increase the political power’ control over the judiciary power, and sometimes this interference is defended on the principle that “we won elections”. Hinting to the Social Demcorats’ stand, the EC official argued that they claim they have the majority in Parliament and for that they demand to be listened for they in control.
On the other hand, PM Viorica Dancila said before the meeting with the first vice-president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans that she will talk to him about the ordinances that the Government in Bucharest might adopt on the justice system.
Asked is she is considering the EC recommendations, the premier said she wants „a very good cooperation with the Commission and with the European institutions”, yet mentioning again that the authorities in Brussels are misinformed about the situation in Romania.
„This doesn’t mean that every stance must be necessarily accepted. There can be pros and cons. There can be misinformation reaching Brussels very often and we must also talk about concrete, real things. That’s why I don’t want to tackle this topic before the discussion with Timmermans,” the Romanian PM said.