Predoiu: EC expert mission on May 17 to assess all benchmarks ahead of drafting country report

Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu told the public television on Wednesday evening that the European Commission (EC) expert mission on May 17 aims at assessing all benchmarks set for Romania under the judicial system monitoring mechanism and takes place before the country report is drafted in the summer.

It is a routine mission, common before drafting the country report in the summer, which is to assess all benchmarks, including those referring to the National Integrity Agency,’ said Predoiu.
He pointed out that he would be in Brussels on May 17, having talks with his Belgian counterpart, the EC experts and the Secretary-General of the European Commission.

Related to the budget cuts in the Justice Ministry, he reasserted that he had proposed an austerity policy since 2009, which already registered significant results, especially regarding the cuts on travel and consumables expenses. Predoiu also stated that he asked the secretaries of state in the Justice Minister to revise the austerity plan and to find other resources as well.

Regarding the Strategy for the Development of Justice as a Public Service, project launched after a consultations and public debate process by the Ministry of Justice, Predoiu said that a debate would take place at the end of the week, during which all contributions and criticism directed by the Superior Council of Magistracy, magistrates, professional associations and NGOs would be reviewed, so that the document should have a final revised version before being sent to the Executive.
According to Predoiu, the strategy will be submitted to the Government in a month, at the latest, and it will be adopted by the time the country report is drafted in the summer, representing the basis of a future action plan.

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