European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans visited Bucharest, Romania on April 20 where he participated in a Citizens’ Dialogue to exchange views with Romanians on the White Paper on the Future of Europe and the 60-year anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the Commission said in a press release.
During the visit, Timmermans met Romania’s Prime Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, and Interior Ministert Carmen Daniela Dan to discuss progress in bringing forward the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) reform.
AP quoted Timmermans as saying he is confident that government projects will put Romania on the right track to conclude the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism implemented when Romania joined the bloc in 2007.
He said that once monitoring ends, full enjoyment of human rights and the rule of law would be irreversible.
Grindeanu said the government is committed to a justice system that is correct and independent, adding investors need to believe their money is protected by a predictable and efficient justice system.
According to the Commission, Timmermans was also expected to discuss progress in bringing forward CVM reform with representatives from the Romanian Parliament including the Speaker of the Senate, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, and the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Dragnea. These meetings will be followed by a joint discussion with members of the Justice and European Affairs Committees of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate.
The First Vice-President was also expected to attend a meeting with the leaders of parliamentary opposition parties and will further discuss the CVM with the relevant partners and stakeholders in the field of justice.