EP, EC to debate the situation of the rule of law in Romania this afternoon


MEPs will debate next to the European Commission representatives the situation of observing the rule of law principles in Romania during a sitting in Strasbourg on Monday afternoon. The debate will start at 6 p.m., and the topic on Romania is the second item on the EP plenary session’s agenda.

In November last year, the European Parliament voiced concern on the latest developments triggered by the recent amendments of the judiciary system in Romania, warning that the amendments on the justice laws might jeopardize the separation of powers and would undermine the fight against corruption. MEPs will asses in their plenary session the evolution of the situation in Romania in the past months.

Romanian PM Viorica Dancila will not attend the debate in the EP. Her official programme announced by the Government does not include any trip to Strasbourg today.

The EC stance on the rule of law in Romania might be read in the plenary sitting by the EC firs vice-president Frans Timmermans, who has been very vocal lately about Romania and the PSD Government.

The statement of the European Commission comes following a request filed by the European People’s Party (EPP), approved in the Conference of the EP  Presidents on Thursday.

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