Justice reform, constitution revision and accession to Schengen discussed by ForMin Corlatean with EU ambassadors

Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean on Tuesday participated in a working meeting with ambassadors of EU member states, occasion on which he presented the latest evolutions in strengthening reforms in the justice sector and combating corruption, while he also emphasized that the revision of the Constitution remains a priority for the Romanian government and reiterated Romania’s Schengen accession goal.

‘Titus Corlatean informed about the stable political and investment climate, as well as about Romania’s positive economic forecast for the current year, with an economic growth announced of 1.6 percent of the GDP. Moreover, he presented the latest evolutions in strengthening reforms in the justice sector and combating corruption. He also briefly mentioned the government’s priorities with respect to the Constitution revision process, carried out in cooperation with the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, as well as the redrawing of the boundaries of administrative districts of Romania project’, informed MAE in a release to Agerpres.

Minister Corlatean reiterated Romania’s Schengen accession goal, showing this is a legitimate objective for the country and also voicing confidence related to the adoption of a positive decision in this matter by the end of the year, as agreed on the occasion of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council held in March 2013, the abovementioned source also specified.

During talks concerning the eastern vicinity of the EU, Minister Corlatean highlighted the strategic dimension of the Eastern Partnership and its benefits for both the European Union and partner states. From this perspective, the Foreign Affairs Minister pleaded for substantial results and recognition of progress made by partner states on the occasion of the upcoming Summit in Vilnius, in November 2013.

With respect to the EU enlargement process, Titus Corlatean appreciated the debates at the latest Council on General Affairs, held in April this year, and insisted on the necessity of EU continuing the enlargement process, based on merits of aspiring countries and achievement of all accession criteria.

Regarding the energy security issue, the Romanian official hailed the decision to organise a meeting at the European Council where to discuss this topic of a strategic importance for the European Union and he also reiterated, in this context, Romania’s support for the Nabucco project.

The meeting was organised by the Irish Embassy in Bucharest, Ireland currently holding the rotating presidency of the EU Council and occasioned an exchange of opinions on issues of a current interest on the European agenda, among which: The Irish presidency of the Council, negotiations with the European Parliament related to the Multiannual Financial Framework for the next interval 2014-2020, economic evolution at European level, EU expansion, the Eastern Partnership, energy security. Moreover, there were discussed aspects related to the progress Romania recorded under the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification, as well as the perspective of Romania’s accession to Schengen.

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