Visit of Victor Ponta, Romanian Prime Minister, to José Manuel Barroso
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Victor Ponta, Romanian Prime Minister. The President expressed his serious concerns about last political events in Romania in relation to the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and the role of the Constitutional Court. He underlined that the necessary checks and balances in a democratic system had to be guaranteed. José Manuel Barroso made clear that the Romanian Government had to respect the full independence of the judiciary, restore the powers of the Constitutional Court and ensure that its decisions were observed, appoint an Ombudsman enjoying cross-party support, ensure a new open and transparent procedure for appointing a General Prosecutor and Director of the Anti-Corruption Directorate and make integrity a political priority.