German Envoy on the joint statement of 12 embassies: We wanted to express our opinion as a group

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The Ambassador of Germany in Bucharest, Cord Meier-Klodt, has reacted to the statement of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, who said the diplomats did not want to discuss with her individually.

“We wanted to express our opinion as a group, there are concerns we share as group and the request was to meet (the Prime Minister – our note) as group. The request was turned down. It is the responsibility of the Prime Minister, however we wanted to explain why we felt necessary to make these remarks,” the German ambassador said for Digi 24 TV private broadcaster.

12 embassies in Bucharest issued on Wednesday a joint statement on behalf of 12 countries, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and U.S., asking the Romanian authorities to abstain from any amendments on the justice laws that would weaken the rule of law.

“We, Romania’s international partners and allies, call all the parties involved in drafting the emergency ordinances of the government which amend the legislation on judiciary, to abstain from any amendments that would weaken the rule of law and Romania’s capacity of fighting against crime and corruption,” the statement said.

The signatories argued that their official calls for dialogue on these topics “have unfortunately received no answer since early January this year.”

The diplomatic missions of the 12 states underlined that it is essential for Romania take due account of the recommendations of the European bodies, such as the Venice Commission and GRECO, of the European Parliament, the EU Council and the European Commission and to ensure a transparent, efficient and unbiased justice.

We urge the Romanian Government and all involved actors to properly consider this joint statement and to reaffirm Romania’s political commitment to support our common values”, the statement concluded.

PM Viorica Dancila reacted to the warnings launched by the European leaders and embassies on the same day. Dancila said she was “surprised” by the series of warnings given by the EC First Vice-president Frans Timmermans, by the head of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and by the embassies of 12 countries regarding the potential law amendments that would affect the rule of law in Romania.

The head of the Executive slammed the embassies’ joint statement, arguing she will not allow the ambassadors of other countries to impose a certain agenda to the Romanian PM.

 

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