Extracts from the EC midday press briefing by Johannes Laitenberger, spokesperson of José Manuel Barroso, on the progress report on the cooperation and verification mechanism with Romania
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 22/07/2009
The Commission has adopted its third annual assessment on progress in Bulgaria and Romania, on judicial reform and fight against corruption, and in the case of Bulgaria also fight against organised crime.
The report addresses an overview of the progress achieved since last year, and an overview over the shortcomings that still need to be addressed. The report shows that the mechanism is working and that it is producing results. There is a reform momentum in both countries, at a technical level.
To assist the two countries, and prioritising reform actions, the Commission has presented 21 concrete recommendations for a reform in Bulgaria and 16 recommendations for Romania.
When the two countries joined the European Union in 2007, they made commitment to address certain shortcomings in their judicial systems and the fight against corruption. Organised crime was highlighted as a specific concern in the case of Bulgaria, and these commitments were set out in the accession treaty. The Commission established the so-called cooperation and verification mechanism to monitor the progress made.
Johannes Laitenberger, spokesperson of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, gave a press briefing on the annual progress report on the cooperation and verification mechanism with Romania, on 22/07/2009.
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||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Johannes Laitenberger, spokesperson of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC: Last year, the Commission expressed concern about the pace of reform in Romania, this year has seen progress. The necessary structures are mostly in place now, but the implementations still remain too fragile, as the system is still under a certain degree of political pressures.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Johannes Laitenberger: The Romanian government has tabled important reform proposals, by adopting the criminal and the civil code, and submitting the respective draft procedural codes to the Parliament; the national anti-corruption directorate, the DNA, has maintained its good track record of non partisan investigations into high level corruption cases; and the national integrity agency, the ANI, is now operational and has delivered good results by following up on declarations of a set of members of government, magistrates and officials. However, the reform effort still remains too fragmented, and the reform process is also sometimes overly politicised.
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