Section for investigating judiciary offenses closes down file on EC First Vice-president Frans Timmermans

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The special section for investigating offenses in the judicial system has decided to close down the file targeting, among others, the First Vice=President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.

“The prosecutors of the section for investigating offenses in the judicial system with the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice have decided, on March 27, 2019, the close down the file named ‘Timmermans’ with charges of abuse of office, according to article 297 Criminal Code, intellectual forgery according to article 321 Criminal Code, communication of fake information according to article 367 Criminal Code, as no clue/indication of any kind has been found to lead to the reasonable assumption that the notified offenses have occurred,” a release sent by the institution reads.

On February 23, European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said, referring to the file opened with the special section for investigating offenses in the justice system against EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans and European Commissioner Vera Jourova, that Romanian authorities have no jurisdiction on such issues, ziare.com informs.

“The European Commission has learned from the press that the Romanian authorities have launched a criminal investigation against several officials of the Commission, for their activity. Although we do not comment on national judicial matters, we would like to remind the Romanian authorities they have no jurisdiction in such matters. All European Commission officials, in official positions, are subjects to the Court of Justice of the European Union and are under the protection of the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities in the Treaties, accepted by all Member States, including Romania. We should remind that the EC representatives have expressed serious concerns on the situation of the rule of law in Romania,” Margaritis Schinas said.

A day earlier, prosecutor Adina Florea registered a criminal file on the name of Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, with the special section for investigating offenses in the judicial system, following a complaint filed by a website close to PSD – ‘Lumea justitiei’ (luju.ro), digi24.ro informed.

The section has received a criminal complaint from Lumea justitiei (luju.ro) concerning several high ranking European and Romanian officials: Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission; Vera Jourova, European commissioner for Justice; Augustin Lazar, Prosecutor General of Romania and Angela Cristea, the head of the EC Representation in Romania.

The complaint also targets those who have edited the latest Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report released on November 13, 2018.

 

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