EC first vice-president Frans Timmermans on Thursday said that the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) will be kept for Romania, as the European Commission is encouraged to preserve it precisely by the Romanian public opinion. He pointed out Romania underwent “considerable progress” including during Ponta Government, but there are far more things to be done. The EC official made the statements during the debate on Romania in the EP’s LIBE committee.
He also informed the European Commission will closely monitor the amendments that will be tabled on the criminal codes in Romanian Parliament in order to see there will be no attack against judiciary.
Efforts are still needed, we shall be very steady- I publicly told this to all politicians I met at the Government and Parliament, Timmermans said, while underlining that EC will see if the separations of powers are observed in Romania, as the Parliament’s actions shouldn’t prompt justice independence’s restriction.
EC top official warned the Romanian MPs to consult judiciary’ decision-making factors when tabling and discussing the amendments.
Timmermans also criticized Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu for recently attacking the president of the High Court of Cassation and Justice, Livia Stanciu (Romanian Supreme Court). Read here about the case: http://www.romaniajournal.ro/csm-asks-judicial-inspection-to-check-tariceanus-statements-on-stanciu-and-kovesi/.
“I told the Senate Speaker quite clearly: I don’t think you are allowed to attack the president of the country’s highest justice court in the rule of law. You cannot do this. But he did it. I told him straight that this is not the way things are going,” the first vice-president of the European Commission told members of EP’s LIBE committee.
Timmermans has actually slammed the open war between two state powers, the Parliament and the judiciary, that are lashing out at one another in the media. “This is not good for either of them and I hope everybody in Romania understands that,” the EC official said, while mentioning the EC is not criticizing the member states, but their politicians. “You know, countries are counting more than politicians. Fortunately,” he concluded.