Thursday, 20 April

PM Sorin Grindeanu: The Government’s goal is to fulfill the undertaken commitments for the CVM to be lifted before Romania takes over the EU Council Presidency

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met at Victoria Palace, with the First Vice- President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans. Justice Minister, Tudorel Toader and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Melescanu have also attended the meeting.

Discussions have focused on the CVM issues, the absorption of European funds and other topical files on the European agenda.

Given that the last four reports of the European Commission on Romanian judiciary, were positive, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has underlined the Government’s determination to continue on the same path. “My goal and the goal of my Cabinet is to finalize the CVM before Romania takes over the EU Council Presidency. It is a matter of prestige and pride that I care very much about”, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated.

The Head of the Executive has underlined the Government’s determination not to take any step back following the major progress achieved to date, in connection with guaranteeing a fair and independent justice. All the Executive‘s demarches will be based on dialogue, transparency, and consultation, for them to be endorsed by both Romanian justice system and the entire society.

Priorities mentioned in this respect by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and the Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, during the meeting with the first Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, are: putting the legislation in accordance with the Constitutional Court’s decisions, ensuring full respect for fundamental rights, guaranteeing the efficiency, predictability, and quality of the justice act, as well as bringing justice closer to citizen. The situation of penitentiaries has been detailed, as well as the measures the Government envisages for the next period in order to find solutions to improve the detention conditions.

The EC First Vice –President Frans Timmermans has appreciated the proposals put forward by the Government to fulfill the latest recommendations on justice and has given assurances that Romania is on the right track regarding the perspective of CVM lifting. “ I strongly hope that the Government will get strong backing from Romanian Parliament and from the Romanian society, to achieve this goal”, Frans Timmemans  has stated.

Other topic addressed during the meeting aimed at maintaining the budget deficit within the limits of 3 percent of GDP, and the continuation of the Government’ social policies. In connection with the absorption of EU funds, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has also mentioned his weekly meetings with the authorities in charge of managing European funds, in order to recover the delays recorded so far.

The officials have referred at the same time to the current debate on the EU future, in the context of the UK exit from EU being triggered. 

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