European Commission’s fact-finding mission to focus on fight against corruption, says Justice Ministry

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The first fact-finding mission of the European Commission’ experts that will start on Tuesday will focus on fulfilling objectives pertaining to the fight against corruption at central and local level, reads the Ministry of Justice and Civil Liberties (MJLC) in a release.

The Justice Ministry stresses that that the first fact-finding mission within the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification (MCV) with a view to preparing the reports of July 2009 will unfold over May 5-7, with experts’ visit to the Public Ministry and the National Anticorruption Department (DNA), as well as certain courts, prosecutors’ offices and units of the Ministry of Administration and the Interior (MAI) at local level.

According to the Ministry of Justice, the second mission will take place over May 18-22 and the European experts will allow for the objectives related to the fight against corruption in vulnerable sectors and public administration.

The cited source stresses that in the focus of attention might be the bodies involved in the implementation of the national strategy on the prevention and fight against corruption in vulnerable sectors and local public administration for the 2008-20 10 period, such as the Ministry of Administration and the Interior, the Public Finance
Ministry, the Health Ministry, the Education Ministry, Research and Innovation.
The expert team will be again in Bucharest early in June for a third mission that will allow for all the conditions within the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification.
‘Talks will be held with all institutions with competences in the achievement of conditions (Justice Ministry, Supreme Court of Magistrates, High Court of Cassation and Justice, Anti- Corruption Department, National Integrity Agency, Interior Ministry). The first two missions will be technical and will focus on certain aspects within the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification and the Ministry of Justice and Civil Liberties is not directly aimed at in these stages. In turn, the third mission will have a general character, focusing on the success reported for all the conditions within the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification,’ reads the release.

The Ministry of Justice and Civil Liberties also stresses that throughout the preparation of each mission, the Romanian authorities send to the European Commission reports on the progress reported by Romania over the past year to provide a complete image on the realities of the Romanian judiciary, at central and local level alike.

‘The results of the fact-finding missions and reports of independent experts who will participate in these missions will play a major role in laying the foundations of the European Commission summer report’s conclusions, the Ministry of Justice and Civil Liberties (MJLC) reports.

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