President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, receives First Vice- President of the European Commission, Mr. Frans Timmermans

01 March 2018 |

President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, on Thursday, 1 March, at the Cotroceni Palace, received First Vice-President of the European Commission for Better Regulation, Interinsitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, Mr. Frans Timmermans.

The main topic of the discussion was related to the modification of the justice laws in Romania and the continuance of the anticorruption fight. 

The President of Romania emphasized that he is strongly committed in observing the rule of law, in guaranteeing the independence of the justice system and in supporting the fight against corruption. With regard to the justice laws, President Klaus Iohannis mentioned he wishes their improvement as the Romanian citizens need good laws which consolidate the independence of justice and guarantee the rule of law.

The President of Romania also stated that the efficiency of the National Anticorruption Directorate’s activity was unquestionable.

President Klaus Iohannis illustrated that during the latest years, democracy has been significantly consolidated in Romania and the civic sense of the Romanian society has been manifesting more and more actively, which reveals it becomes more mature. The President of Romania highlighted that the judiciary system is fully independent and functions efficiently. In this context he mentioned he would make all efforts, within his constitutional prerogatives, to ensure an independent judiciary system in Romania and to consolidate the rule of law.

The First Vice-President of the European Commission stated that he was visiting Romania in the context of the evaluations the European Commission was carrying out regarding the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) on justice and anticorruption fight. In his opinion, Romania has taken important steps in this field lately. Nevertheless, Mr. Frans Timmermans stressed that, even if there was a firm commitment to conclude the CVM during the incumbent European Commission’s term of office, this goal would be met only after all the correlated conditions had been fully satisfied.  

The First Vice-President of the European Commission expressed his appreciation for the Romanian society’s demonstrating greater and greater support for the values of the rule of law, which reveals that the citizens wish a modern, European Romania, a fair justice and a balanced society. He also mentioned that there is no doubt about justice in our country being independent but the latest public attacks to justice lead to a negative perception of Romania. The European official further expressed his appreciation for the very good results Romania has achieved in fighting corruption lately.