Update: PM Grindeanu meets Donald Tusk, vows to fight corruption, cooperate with EU institutions. No ‘to do’ list received

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Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had on Friday, in Brussels, a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk, the Romanian Prime Minister reaffirming the government’s commitment to continue the fight against corruption and expressing willingness to work with the European institutions.

According to a government press release, during the meeting the two officials tackled the main topics on the European agenda, as well as the priorities of the new government in Bucharest.

“The Prime Minister presented the government’s priorities, focusing on economic measures to stimulate growth and employment, particularly important in the current European context and of direct interest for the citizens. Also, PM Grindeanu reiterated the government’s commitment to continue the fight against corruption, and expressed the willingness to work with the European institutions,” the release reads.

“Regarding the European topics, the involvement and the strengthening of Romania’s role in the EU are priorities for the government in Bucharest. The EU unity and support for deepening European integration are essential if we look at the current challenges, internal and external, the EU is facing. Any initiatives that would lead to division must be strongly refuted, PM Sorin Grindeanu said.

In turn, European Council President Donald Tusk welcomed Romania’s commitment to the European project and to a stronger European Union in the context of preparations for taking over the EU Council Presidency by our country in the first half of 2019, but stressed the need to advance in the fight against corruption and ensure the irreversible nature of these efforts, a press release from the European Council informs.

The two officials underscored the central importance of the rule of law and of the fight against corruption to ensure that Romanian citizens can benefit from all the opportunities offered by the EU membership.

Later in the afternoon, PM Grindeanu was set to have a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

PM Grindeanu claims no ‘to do’ list received

PM Grindeanu claimed on Friday, in Brussels, that he hasn’t received a ‘to do’ list regarding the judicial system in Romania. Asked if he was asked to offer guarantees about the judicial system, Grideanu replied: “Meaning if I received a ‘to do’ list? No!”


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