European Commission reacts to PSD criticism on the CVM report

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The European Commission representatives have reacted to the criticism in Bucharest expressed by the Social-Democratic Party (PSD) regarding to the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report issued on Tuesday.

In an exclusive reply to Digi 24 TV private broadcaster, the EC representatives said: We don’t have a political agenda. We are carrying out what we have been authorized to do when Romania joined the EU. The Commission does not take political sides. We always try to issue objective and balanced analyses on the situations in the Member States. Our assessments in the reports have always been supported by the Member States in the EU Council. You could take a look at the GRECO analyses and the ones from the Venice Commission – all of them point to the same things. As First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said, the CVM is meant to offer support, not to punish. The purpose is, of course, to support the progress in view of closing down the CVM. The Commission will conduct another assessment on the progress during the current term.

The political power representatives in Romania accused the European institutions on Wednesday of violating the sovereignty and of telling them how to legislate.

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.

The report takes stock of the situation since November 2017. It notes that while Romania has taken some steps to implement the final 12 recommendations issued by the Commission in January 2017, in order to fulfil the CVM benchmarks, recent developments have reversed the course of progress and called into question the positive assessment made back in January 2017. This applies notably to judicial independence, judicial reform and tackling high-level corruption. Therefore, the report also sets out a number of additional recommendations for immediate follow up.

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