Justice Commissioner, Vera Jourova, has paid a visit to Bucharest to meet Romanian officials, including President Klaus Iohannis, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, the High Court chair Cristian Tarcea and Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici. No talks were scheduled with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.
In an interview for Digi24 TV private broadcaster, the Justice Commissioner said “I hope the measures agreed upon now will last longer than the governments in Romania.”
Commissioner Vera Jourova said that Romania’s EU Council Presidency means the country will face one of the most important periods of the European Commission term and it will be a historical presidency. “There are a lot of important files,” she said, mentioning the Brexit, the summit in Sibiu in 2019, the European Parliament elections.
“I can assure the Romanian citizens the Government is not alone. My visit is meant to understand the preparations are ongoing and what the Commission can do is to offer support. I hope the Government will make efforts to have a successful presidency,” Vera Jourova said.
She said the anti-EU speeches of some politicians are not constructive, want to show the EU institutions are scapegoats.
“Firstly, blaming someone has never solved the problems. Secondly, the European Union is also Romania,” the Justice Commissioner said.
She argued a Romanian court is a European court, as the rulings have to be observed by the Union and suggested a more constructive approach and more dialogue as the key to cooperation in a diverse European Union.
Commissioner Jourova said the situation coming from the reforms of the judiciary and the fight against corruption is concerning, but Romania has the change to mend the situation.
“My message is clear, let’s discuss and listen to one another to find beneficial solutions for Romanians and Europeans, which would last more than the next Government reshuffling,” Vera Jourova said.
The Justice Commissioner said the successive governments have made progress in the past 10 years and in January 2017 the country was very close to reach the finish line in terms of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).
“Unfortunately, in the past year, the steps back have been largely reverted in regard to the previously reached progress. Now everything is in Romanian people’s hands. We are very transparent: we want an independent judicial system, on which people can count and can have confidence in its rulings,” the Commissioner said.