Shortly before the Takeover of the EU-doubts presidency by Romania, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the country’s Suitability for this Post. Although Romania was prepared for a “technically good” on the six-month presidency, said Juncker of the “world on Sunday”. He believe, however, that the government had not realized in Bucharest in full, “what does it mean to preside over the EU countries.

For a prudent Act, there is a need also “the willingness to listen to others, and the willingness to put their own concerns aside”, – said Juncker. Since he had, with a view to Romania “some doubts”. In addition, the internal state of Romania, was so that the country could not occur as a “compact unit” in Europe.

Romania assumes on 1. January for the first time since its accession to the EU in 2007 the EU presidency. The EU accuses the government in Bucharest, doing enough against corruption. In the center of the criticism of a planned Amnesty law for corrupt officials and politicians. In addition, Brussels fears a weakening of the independence of the Romanian judiciary by the government.

The EU Parliament had criticised in mid-November in a Resolution to Romania’s plans for a reorganisation of the judiciary in focus. The project mountains the potential to weaken the fight against corruption, the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.

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The EU Commission certified the Land in addition, significant deficits in the rule of law and the fight against corruption. He regretted that Romania’s reform process was Stalled and that even a return would be made, said Vice-President of the Commission Frans Timmermans. “It is very important that Romania takes up the fight against corruption immediately, and moreover, the independence of the judiciary is guaranteed.”

Romanian President Johannis, corruption bekämpferin with this

at the beginning of July had been released, the respected special state Prosecutor, Laura with this at the instigation of the government. She had transferred a large number of politicians of corruption and sent to prison. After that, it had come to Romania on several occasions to large-scale demonstrations against the current government, and the planned judicial reform. In mid-August in violent clashes with the police had been injured 440 people.

A detailed analysis of the escalating power struggle in Romania you can read here.


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