US Ambassador Klemm: The US supports the independence of the judiciary and the fight against corruption
US Ambassador to Bucharest, Hans Klemm paid a visit on Thursday to the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM). Klemm gave assurances, during the meeting with the CSM leadership, that the US supports Romania in identifying and developing mechanisms to support the independence of the judiciary, to fight against corruption and to support the rule of law.
The President and Vice-President of the Superior Council of Magistracy, Marius Badea and Bogdan Gabor received on Thursday the US Embassy delegation visit, headed by Hans Klemm, realitatea.net informs.
“During the visit, after the appointment of His Excellency Hans Klemm as Ambassador of the United States of America to Bucharest, he reaffirmed the support of the United States to identify and develop effective mechanisms for cooperation to support the independence of the judiciary, the fight against corruption and the rule of law in Romania,” reads a press release of CSM.
The CSM leadership made an overview of the role, structure and powers of the institutions, highlighting the priorities for this period.
“The CSM leadership appreciated the concern and constant support of the diplomatic mission in Bucharest and the support for judicial reform in Romania, with emphasis particularly on institutional cooperation, including through training and experience exchange dedicated to Romanian judges and prosecutors,” the CSM communique reads.
“At the end of the meeting, both sides expressed readiness to collaborate on common principles to support the independence of the judiciary and the fight against corruption in Romania”, CSM informs.
If corruption had not existed, the stolen resources could have been used to build highways
US Ambassador to Bucharest Hans G. Klemm praised Romania on Thursday for the fight against corruption, saying that if corruption had not existed, the stolen resources could have been used to build highways. The statement was made in the Revolution Square during a guided tour through Bucharest.
He said that according to statistics, the number of kilometres of highways in Romania is still ‘very low’ in comparison with the EU, including as compared to its neighbours.