EP President Antonio Tajani, European Commissioner for Justice Vera Jourova – to visit Bucharest next week

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The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, leaders of the political groups in the EP, other high ranking officials will pay visits to Bucharest next, week, as announced on Thursday by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, before the Government sitting. Among the high ranking European officials is also Vera Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, who will arrive in the capital city on November 20.

The visit of EP President Antonio Tajani will take place on November 21 and it is expected for him to deliver a speech in Romanian Parliament. Tajani will be accompanied by a delegation of 50 people, several European publications inform, quoted by ziare.com.

The European Parliament voted on Tuesday a resolution on the rule of law in Romania, following the debates held on this topic in February 2017, February and October this year. The resolution passed by 473 votes to 151 and 40 abstentions.

According to the draft resolution, the EP is urging Romania’s Parliament and Government to fully enforce all the European Commission’s recommendations, as well as the ones of GRECO and Venice Commission and to refrain from any reform that would jeopardize the observance of rule of law, including the independence of the judiciary system.

The resolution is recording the European Parliament’s concern over the criminal and legal legislation in Romania that could undermine the independence of the judiciary system and anti-corruption fight.

The non-legislative resolution is summarising the Parliament’s views following the debate with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă on 3 October on the revamp of the judicial system, which sparked mass protests in Romania earlier this year.

The document contains 13 recommendations to Romania. The EP resolution is also condemning the violent intervention of the riot police during protests in Bucharest in August 2018.

The European Commission adopted on Tuesday its latest report on developments in Romania to meet its commitments on judicial reform and the fight against corruption, in the context of the CVM.

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