10 May 2019
The European Union warned Romania on Thursday it could face firmer action over the government’s legal changes that the bloc has said threaten the rule of law.
The EU’s executive European Commission has repeatedly said laws brought in 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.
The bloc is already seeking sanctions against Romania’s ex-communist peers Hungary and Poland for their moves to put the courts, media, academics and advocacy groups under tight state control.
Asked whether further measures were needed to ensure Romania adheres to the bloc’s standards, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters: “Yes, Romania does deserve particular attention, that’s something we’ll be doing in the coming days and weeks.”
“The rule of law must apply to everybody and we will continue in this way,” he said as EU leaders met in Romania, which holds the rotating EU presidency.
By Luiza Ilie, Reuters, 9 May 2019
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