Romania pledges to continue fight against corruption

After the release in Brussels of a European Commission report containing mixed messages for Bucharest on justice and corruption, Romania insists it will do whatever is required.

Romanian officials pledged to continue the fight against corruption and reform of the legal system after the release on Wednesday of a European Commission monitoring interim report.

The report said that Romania must “ensure a more transparent, and efficient judicial process, notably by enhancing the capacity and accountability of the Superior Council of Magistracy.”

“The report is mainly positive, showing the progress made in achieving an effective justice system” Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu said in response.

He noted that Romania had speeded up high-level corruption trials and said there had been progress in parliament with draft legislation on extended confiscations.

Bucharest is hoping that the signs of progress noted by the European Commission will assist the country’s bid to join the EU’s borderless Schengen zone.

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