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Wiretapping, secret service control and dire prison conditions: Scrutiny of #Romania justice system as the country hosts the EU Summit

Wiretapping, secret service control and dire prison conditions: Scrutiny of #Romania justice system as the country hosts the EU Summit

| May 13, 2019

  Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, says Romania, which currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, must make further efforts to fully reach European standards on the rule of law. Mr Juncker’s comments were directed at the political wrangling in Romania over the anti-corruption campaign. However, commentators observe that the problems with […]

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Romanian Socialists hits back after #PES leadership ‘freezes’ relations

Romanian Socialists hits back after #PES leadership ‘freezes’ relations

| April 11, 2019

The Social Democratic Party of Romania (PSD) says it welcomes EU council “solidarity in face of populist threat” and seeks dialogue with “those in PES concerned about rule of law issues in Romania”. The declaration on Thursday (11 April) comes after the PES leadership announced 24 hours earlier that it will consider relations with the […]

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Row over #Romania charges against former anti-corruption chief

Row over #Romania charges against former anti-corruption chief

| April 4, 2019

A furious row has flared after European Parliament president, Antonio Tajani, expressed concern over Romania pressing charges against the country’s former anti-corruption chief. Laura Codruta Kovesi is the assembly’s preferred candidate for the new role of EU chief prosecutor but has proved a controversial choice, not least as she has now been indicted on corruption […]

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Commissioner Andriukaitis in #Bucharest

Commissioner Andriukaitis in #Bucharest

| March 26, 2019

Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis (pictured) will visit Bucharest on 26-27 March. The Commissioner will begin his visit to Romania by participating in the Global Forum on Human Rights and a Tobacco-free World, during which he will deliver a speech on Tobacco control, sustainable development and the right to health and take part in a […]

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Commissioner Crețu in Romania to discuss investment priorities for the next long-term #EUBudget

Commissioner Crețu in Romania to discuss investment priorities for the next long-term #EUBudget

| March 22, 2019

Today (22 March), Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Crețu (pictured) is in Bucharest, Romania. In the morning, the Commissioner is participating in the presentation of the European Semester Country Report 2019 for Romania with Romanian Minister of Public Finance Orlando Teodorovici and Romanian Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Victor Micula. In the afternoon, she will take part in […]

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Romanian MEPs question suitability of #EuropeanPublicProsecutorsOffice chief

Romanian MEPs question suitability of #EuropeanPublicProsecutorsOffice chief

| February 20, 2019

A group of Romanian MEPs have questioned the suitability of Laura Codruța Kövesi (pictured) to head the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office. An email reportedly signed by 11 of the country’s deputies and seen by this website asks if Kovesi is the right candidate for the job. Kovesi, who headed the country’s DNA (National Anticorruption […]

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#VisaCode – EU ambassadors agree to new code to ease travelling and improve re-admissions of irregular migrants

#VisaCode – EU ambassadors agree to new code to ease travelling and improve re-admissions of irregular migrants

| February 20, 2019

EU ambassadors today (20 February) confirmed on behalf of the Council the informal agreement reached between representatives of the European Parliament and the Romanian Presidency of the Council on the proposal amending the visa code. Better conditions for legitimate travellers New rules will provide faster and clearer procedures for legitimate travellers, notably by: Allowing for […]

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