EU report: Romania meets its member state’s obligations

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Romania is meeting the obligations it has as a member state and it backs the efficient, in good faith implementation of the judicial instruments adopted at the level of the European Union, shows a European Council Report on the enforcement by the Romanian state of the Framework-Decision on the European arrest warrant and the surrender procedures between the member states.
According to a release sent by the Ministry of Justice and Civil Liberties on Friday, the report includes positive appreciation of the ministry as the central authority as well as of the professional training of the interviewed judges and prosecutors and the quality of the relevant Romanian legislation (Title III of Law no. 302/2004 on the international judicial cooperation on penal issues).
The ministry explained the report follows an evaluation visit paid on Nov. 17-21, 2008 as part of the Fourth Round of Mutual Evaluation, which is a process that included all the EU member states; the report was made public by the EU Council on Wednesday.
The document underscores the Romanian magistrates’ openness and readiness to efficiently and operatively apply the European arrest warrant in full compliance with the principle of mutual recognition, a principle that lies at the foundation of the EU judicial construction.
The ministry’s release says the report includes examples of the Romanian judges and prosecutors’ good practices and recommends the other EU states the legislative solution that Romania adopted in the case o the European arrest warrants issued by other member states on the Romanian citizens for serving prison sentences (incidental recognition).
The report contains 22 recommendations, of which just ten are aimed at Romania, with five of them being of a general character and the remainder targeting other EU member states.
The recommendations that the evaluation team is making to Romania, both in its capacity of an issuing state and as an executing state refer: the promotion of the direct contact between the Romanian authorities and the authorities of the other member states; the magistrates’ and lawyers’ specialising and training on the European arrest warrant issues, including the development of linguistic competences; the development of a uniform practice of searching on the Romanian territory of the persons who avoid carrying out the warrants on remanding in custody and/or serving of prison sentences and the development of uniform practices with respect to the enforcement of legal instructions, the release says.
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