Corruption: Romania takes EU Presidency, prioritises cyber security and EU prosecution office
07 Jan 2019

Romania will hold the six-month rotating Presidency of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2019. Among its goals, it seeks to address emerging security issues, terrorism and to support increased cohesion among EU member states.

This is the first mandate for Romania, which is known for high-levels of corruption.

In August last year, tens of thousands reportedly demonstrated against allegations of government corruption. The country has also faced problems surrounding the appointment of its prosecutor. In recent days the president reportedly refused the justice minister’s request to dismiss the country’s top prosecutor.

It has a ranking of 59/180 on the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index 2017, and scored of 48/100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

KYC360 contacted the Romanian government for a comment regarding its corruotion issues and EU Presidency, but it did not respond by press time.

The presidency programme focuses on four main priorities: European [convergence], a safer Europe, Europe as a strong global actor and [a] Europe of common values.

Projects that have been identified among Romania’s main goals include the new European Public Prosecutors office, it seeks to ‘facilitate the operationalization’ of the unit.

The Europe-wide European Public Prosecutors office is expected to start operating from late 2010 or early 2021 onwards, and with a mandate to address large-scale crime against the EU budget.

Other objectives pertaining to security include continuing with the fight against terrorism and “strengthening the internal security, by boosting cooperation among Member States and increasing the interoperability of the EU security systems, protecting the safety of the citizens, companies and public institutions in the cyberspace and improving the overall.”

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