Justice Ministry to continue fulfill objectives under monitoring mechanism, says Minister Predoiu
Minister of Justice and Citizenship Freedoms Catalin Predoiu stated in a release that the institution he heads will continue to fulfill objectives as set under the European Commission Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification.
„MJLC remains open to inter-institutional cooperation, so that all institutions with prerogatives under this mechanism meet their objectives”, underlined Predoiu.
According to the Minister, MJLC is focused on outlining a normative framework applicable to justice.
„Without referring to the political aspect of this decision, I underscore that MJLC administrative move has been focused on the elaboration of a normative framework applicable to the justice system and for the preservation of the normative framework applicable to the specialized institutions in combating corruption.
As an example I provide the ordinance drafts on the elimination of the interview as a form of access to magistracy, of magistrates’ protection against threats and challenging actions, the code drafts, finalization of the normative framework of the National Agency of Integrity etc.”, said the Minister.
Prior to the press release, Minister Predoiu told that Bundestag’s decision on an eventual suspension of European funds for Romania must be treated with utmost attention because it reflects this state’s discontent with the evolution of the Romanian judiciary system.
„Bundestag’s decision has to be treated with utmost attention because it reflects this European Union (EU) member state’s dissatisfaction with the evolution of the four reference objectives included in the mechanism of cooperation and verification.
I remind that the four reference objectives are related to the justice efficiency, strengthening of the institutional capacity of the Upper Magistrates Council and progress in combating corruption.
This decision reveals that the member states are determined to apply added pressure upon the European Commission (EC), so that it takes a harsher approach when evaluating Romania’s progress in the field of justice reforms and fight against corruption”, stressed Justice Minister.
Asked if Romania could lose EU funding, Predoiu said this eventuality was taken into account last year still.
„The risk of a more severe and effective EC attitude has been obvious since summer last year, when EC conveyed the warning that reforms stagnation, as well as lack of anti¬corruption measures will lead to a stricter evaluation of Romania in the country reports”, underlined Predoiu.
Deutsche Welle reported on Friday that the German Parliament plans to suspend allocation of European funds to Romania due to shortcomings in the justice system. A day ago, the German legislative forum adopted a resolution deploring the pace of justice reforms and the stage of combating corruption.
Recently, according to Deutsche Welle, EC threatened Romania with freezing the European funds, appreciating that the Legislature in Bucharest blocks the efforts of criminal proceedings launch against corrupt politicians.