Romania presents all conditions so that this year the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) be lifted, said, on Thursday, Justice Minister Florin Iordache.
"I have presented the objectives that Romania left off with in 2006 and showed that Romania fulfilled those obligations. I showed that Romania made important steps and consolidated important institutions that guarantee that at this moment the rule of law is very important in Romania. I showed that Romania, in partnership with the [European] Commission, has consolidated important institutions. And that, from our point of view, as long as these conditionalities have been fulfilled (...) given that all these objectives, that Romania had in their 10 years of activity, were fulfilled, at this time Romania presents all conditions so that this Mechanism be lifted this year," said Florin Iordache at the end of the meeting had at the Ministry of Justice with a delegation of the European Commission led by the Deputy Secretary-General of the European Commission, Paraskevi Michou.
The Ministry of Justice added that the CVM was functional and showed the progress that Romania recorded year after year in the realm of justice.
"This Mechanism, which was functional and which showed, year after year, the progress Romania is making, proves that at this moment Romania presents sufficient guarantees that authorities in the judiciary in Romania are working in very good conditions. As long as we have a coherent legislation, as long as we have good, independent institutions, opinions for and against I can respect, but I cannot comment upon. (...) We need to say as a state that Romania fulfills at this moment all conditions and conditionalities for the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism to be lifted," Iordache stated, when asked how he comments on the statements of Attorney General Augustin Lazar, according to whom the CVM should be kept for politicians.
The Justice Minister stated that the EC delegation will have meetings with representatives of the High Court of Cassation and Justice, the Prosecutor's Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, the Superior Council of Magistracy, and with the Minister-Delegate for European Affairs and several MPs.
Asked if the maintaining of the CVM hinders Romania's plans to join the Schengen Area, the Justice Minister said: "It's a condition (...), but it hinders us in the sense that it was started for something, for certain conditionalities and if Romania fulfilled all its tasks that it had in view it's abnormal for this Mechanism to continue and only in Romania." AGERPRES (RO — author: Daniel Florea, editor: Mihai Simionescu; EN — editor: Razvan-Adrian Pandea)