The EU Commission warns Romania’s government to urgently before further pressure on the judiciary and has threatened counter-measures. This applies in particular, if the government creates a “de facto impunity for high officials convicted of corruption,” said Vice-President Frans Timmermans.
“such A step, the Commission would be compel to act quickly,” he said. Romania’s Minister-President Viorica Dancila condemned Timmermans’ Comments sharp.
The reaction could follow within days, said Timmermans. He left open, however, what measures it would take the authorities in Brussels. Possible infringement procedure that would ultimately lead to an action before the European court of justice.
Dancila referred to Timmermans’ warning, as incomprehensible and “not adapted to the existing realities”. His Statement “surprising,” especially since Bucharest have placed on this topic in relation to the EU a “total openness”, said the head of government.
again and again in conversation, but it is also a rule of law procedure in accordance with article 7 of the EU treaties, as it is already against Poland and Hungary was initiated. The escalating dispute with Romania is particularly embarrassing, because the country has until the middle of the year the presidency of the EU.
The socialists and liberals supported the government in Bucharest plans, according to media reports, a reduction in the penalties and shortening of the limitation periods for corruption offences. This could come to the head of the social democratic party, PSD, Liviu Dragnea, to the benefit of, is convicted of election tampering and, therefore, not Prime Minister. He controlled, however, the party and the government.
Romania since the EU accession in 2007, under special observation, because at the time, not all the EU Standards for the rule of law were achieved. Timmermans said: “Romania needs to advance the reform process urgently. This means progress, not regression.” It is in a constructive dialogue. But: “We urgently need results.”