Commission expects Romania to take concrete steps on judicial reform

In its latest report, the EU executive highlighted the positive trend since its previous assessment of October 2019, noting the “renewed impetus” given in 2021 to reform and to reverse the backtracking identified during the 2017-2019 period. [Shutterstock/Novikov Aleksey]

The European Commission acknowledged the Romanian authorities’ commitment to strengthen the judicial system in its latest report on the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) but said it expects concrete legislative and other measures to be adopted in that field.

In its latest report, the EU executive highlighted the positive trend since its previous assessment of October 2019, noting the “renewed impetus” given in 2021 to reform and to reverse the backtracking identified during the 2017-2019 period.

Progress has been made across all the remaining CVM recommendations and many are on the path to being fulfilled if progress remains steady, the report stated. 

However, the Commission also said that it “looks forward to the Romanian authorities translating their commitment into concrete legislative and other measures.”

The CVM was established when Romania joined the EU in 2007 as a transitional measure to facilitate Romania’s efforts to reform its judiciary and step up its fight against corruption. 

While Romania has said for years that it wants to close the mechanism as soon as possible, the EU points out that the CVM ends when all benchmarks that apply to Romania are satisfactorily met.

The Commission has set out specific recommendations over the years, not all of which were met with progress. Romania has failed to consistently fulfil all the benchmarks. (Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)

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