The staff of the National Environmental Guard (GNM) across the country will launch on Tuesday, May 9, an indefinite general strike, thus manifesting their discontent and indignation for the salary inequity that exists in the environmental protection domain. “It is beyond understanding the discrepancy between the importance granted globally to environment-protection issues and the way […]
CVM Report: European Commission recommends Romania to immediately suspend justice laws’ implementation
The European Commission on Tuesday recommended Romania in the Report on the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) to immediately suspend the implementation of the justice laws and subsequent emergency ordinances and revise them by fully taking into account the recommendations in the CVM as well as those formulated by the Venice Commission and the Council of Europe’s group of states against corruption (GRECO). Moreover, Brussels recommends Romania to immediately suspend all ongoing appointments and dismissal procedures for senior prosecutors. The European Commission also recommends the relaunch of the appointment process of the head of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) who must have experience proven in the field of the prosecution of corruption crimes and a clear mandate so that DNA continues to carry out professional, independent and non-biased investigations in the corruption cases. The CVM Report also recommends the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) to immediately appoint an interim leading team of the Judicial Inspection and appoint within three months, by contest, a new leadership of this institution. In addition, the EC urges the observance of the negative opinions of the CSM related to the appointment or removal from office of some prosecutors with leading positions until a new legislative framework comes into force, in accordance with the recommendation No.1 of January 2017. Likewise, the EC recommends the freezing of the entry into force of the amendments proposed to be brought to the Criminal Code and to the Criminal Procedure Code, as well as the relaunch of the revision process of the CP and CPP by fully considering the need to assure these codes’ compatibility with the EU law and the international instruments in the matter of combating corruption, alongside the recommendations formulated in the CVM and with the Venice Commission’s opinion. The EC notes in the CVM Report’s conclusions that the enforcement of the amended justice laws, the pressure at the independence of the judicial system, in general, and at the National Anti-corruption Directorate, in particular, as well as a series of other measures that undermine the efforts of combating corruption, have had as effect the annulment of the progresses or the questioning of their irreversible character.
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- The European Commission on Tuesday issued a blasting report the evolution of Justice reform in Romania – the so-called Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) – while the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the state of law in the country, seriously critical of events in the past year. Meanwhile, in Bucharest, the leader of the governing PSD party tried today to dillute the importance of the EU bodies' interventions.
Ecaterina Andronescu nominated Education Minister; George Ciamba to replace Victor Negrescu as Minister Delegate for European Affairs
Ecaterina Andronescu has been nominated as Education Minister, and George Ciamba will replace Victor Negrescu as Minister Delegate for European Affairs, according to the decision adopted by the PSD leadership on Tuesday. According to Gabriela Firea, there was unanimity for Andronescu during the PSD leadership’s meeting, while in Ciamba’s case there were two abstentions. Andronescu, who held this office before, is set to take over the portfolio, considering that Rovana Plumb’s stint as acting Education Minister expires on Friday. Ahead of the PSD leadership’s meeting, Ecaterina Andronescu had a discussion with Liviu Dragnea and Premier Viorica Dancila. Ecaterina Andronescu has lately criticised PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, whom she has asked to step down from the helm of the party. George Ciamba, currently secretary of state within the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE), will take over the office vacated as a result of Victor Negrescu’s resignation. PM Viorica Dancila: For Education, European Affairs we proposed experienced people, who bring added value Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Tuesday stated that she proposed people with experience for the offices of Minister of National Education and European Affairs, who can bring added value – Ecaterina Andronescu and secretary of state with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs George Ciamba. “Considering that there are 45 days since we have an interim Minister of National Education, we came today with the proposal to appoint Mrs Ecaterina Andronescu. For the Ministry of European Affairs we proposed George Ciamba as Minister-delegate. We came with these proposals for I strongly believe we need experienced people, with expertise, for these are two important portfolios and we need to consider people who can bring added value. (…) Romania is on schedule with the preparations for taking over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union and I believe that any statement that can throw a shadow of a doubt on this can only do harm to Romania. We are almost there, we are on schedule,” stated the PM, at the end of the meeting of the National Standing Bureau (BPN) of the Social Democratic Party (PSD). Asked if he re-assessed Ecaterina Andronescu’s case, the PSD leader, Liviu Dragnea, said he accepted the proposals made by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. “I don’t make re-assessments. It was Mrs PM who came with the two proposals, which were voted in the BPN sitting,” said Dragnea.
Dancila: Iohannis should no longer attack Gov’t, should abstain from making statements that harm Romania. As Prime Minister, I assure you Romania is prepared for the presidency of the Council of the EU
Dragnea: It’s the President’s obsession for this Gov’t to fall   Premier Viorica Dancila is asking President Klaus Iohannis to no longer attack the Government because consensus is needed in order to exercise the presidency of the Council of the EU. In his turn, PSD leader Liviu Dragnea says that the statements that President Iohannis made on Monday can be labelled as “irresponsible.” “I’ve seen President Iohannis’s attack yesterday. We have this Government because we had the Romanians’ vote and confidence and I believe the President shouldn’t evaluate this, he should accept the will of the people expressed by vote. Secondly, we have got used to the President’s statements about the Government, about the governance. I don’t want to respond to the President, I don’t want to do as he does. For me it’s important to come up with concrete things for Romanians. (…) Every time President Iohannis attacks me, I’ll respond with what we – this Government and this coalition – are doing for Romanians,” Viorica Dancila stated on Tuesday after the meeting of PSD’s Standing National Bureau (BPN). Dancila insisted that Romanians are tired of disputes and so is she. “I believe we must see how we can make sure we have results internally, but also externally. I’m asking President Iohannis to no longer come out with such statements that harm Romania. He knows, and I know too, that this was also emphasised by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, who told us that if we want to be successful there must be consensus between the Presidency, the Government and Parliament. I care about this consensus, because I care about Romania’s image and I care about Romania’s well-being. I hope the President would understand this too,” the Premier added. Viorica Dancila gave assurances that Romania is on schedule to take over the presidency of the Council of the EU. “And I believe that any statement that casts doubt on this can only harm Romania. We are on the last stretch, we are on schedule, I have nominated an experienced person who will surely be supported also by the many experts from the MAE [Foreign Ministry] and who can successfully lead a successful presidency of the Council of the EU. I’ve seen yesterday public statements regarding the rotational presidency, regarding the fact that Romania is not prepared or better said that this Government is not prepared. As Prime Minister, I assure you that Romania is prepared, that we are, as I said, on schedule, from the standpoint of both the programme for the presidency of the Council of the EU and from an organisational and logistical standpoint. I believe such statements can only harm Romania, I believe this is unprecedented in an EU member state and I’m asking all political forces, including the President of Romania, Mr Iohannis, to abstain from making such statements, because Romania needs consensus, Romania needs unity and needs good Romanians who would think primarily about their own country and less about personal interests,” Dancila emphasised.
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