European Commission calls on Romania to consider the Venice Commission’s recommendations. New CVM report on November 13

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The European Commission has taken notice about the opinion of the Venice Commission regarding the amendments brought by PSD/ALDE to the Criminal Codes and to the laws of justice and requests the Romanian authorities to consider the recommendations, within the context that the new Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report will be issued on November 13.

“We have taken notice of the two opinions issued by the Venice Commission regarding the Criminal Codes and the laws of justice. We request the Romanian authorities to take them into consideration,” an EC spokesman has said for

“As First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said clearly in the European Parliament debate, while continuing the dialogue with the Romanian authorities, in the spirit of cooperation and in the context of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, the European Commission will draw the right conclusions if the amendments to the laws of justice, criminal codes and to the laws on conflict of interest and corruption do not take these concerns into account. The Commission will elaborate a detailed analysis in the next CVM report, on November 13,” the spokesman said.

The First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, told the EP plenary sitting addressing the situation on Romania, in early October, that the Romanian Parliament had shown no sign of answering the recommendations received on amending the justice laws. On the other hand, Timmermans added that an investigation on the SRI-justice secret protocols is needed.

Timmermans argued that the reforms of the justice laws and criminal codes have produced many concerns in the EU, and that many of these amendments could undermine the judiciary. He added that the EC is sharing these concerns, while having an unbiased, clinical approach.

The EC high ranking official further argued that the justice laws had been challenged to the Constitutional Court of Romania many times and that the European Council, through GRECO, and the Venice Commission has had critical reports about these laws. Despite these recommendations, Timmermans said, the Parliament in Bucharest showed no sign of answering these signals.

Timmermans somehow revealed the line of the upcoming CVM report in November, stating that the criminal laws would jeopardize the independence of justice on countering corruption if adopted without corrections. He stressed that the situation has deteriorated.

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