EU threatens legal steps against Romania over rule of law
14 May 2019

The European Commission said on Monday it would take legal action against Romania unless it reversed measures that undermine the independence of its courts and the fight against corruption.

The executive Commission, which is the guardian of the EU treaties, has repeatedly said laws introduced by Romania’s ruling Social Democrats – including moves to reduce statutes of limitation that would close some ongoing graft cases – have reversed decades of reforms.

A Commission spokesman said the warning had been sent to the Bucharest government last Friday in a letter from Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans.

“The main concerns relate to developments interfering with judicial independence and the effective fight against corruption, including the protection of financial interests of the EU and particularly to the recently adopted amendments to the criminal code that create a de facto impunity for crimes,” spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a news briefing.

“Possible legislation to allow extraordinary appeals would further aggravate the rule of law situation,” he said.

By Jan Strupczewski, Reuters, 13 May 2019

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