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Juncker has some doubt as to Romania

Shortly before the beginning of the presidency of the EU Council of Romania> significant criticism of the government in Bucharest comes from the President of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker

The Land was "technically well prepared" on the six-month presidency, said Juncker of the "world on Sunday". "I believe, however, that the government has understood, in Bucharest, in the full extent of what it means to preside over the EU countries. For prudent Action it takes the willingness to listen to others, and the willingness to put your own concerns aside. Since I have some doubts."

Romania takes over the presidency of the EU-countries 1. January from Austria. This means that the country is directs the Council of Ministers, the EU's political priorities and trying to forge compromises, the currently 28 member countries.

Brexit is

The next few months, apply as a special challenge: For the 29. March is the still not regulated EU exit of the UK planned at the end of may the European elections. However, the Romanian government is due to defects in the rule of law and fighting corruption in the criticism. It is also at odds with the Romanian President, Klaus Johannis.

Juncker said, the internal state of Romania so that the country could not occur as a "compact unit" in Europe. "The home needs a United Front to promote during the presidency of the Council of the unity of Europe," said the President of the Commission.

His authority, had attested to Bucharest in November significant deficiencies in the rule of law and the fight against corruption. The reform process in Romania is Stalled, it had been steps made, it was said in the report. The European Parliament also had a concern with a large majority a Resolution on the rule of law in Romania.

Controversial judicial reform

The Romanian government rejects such doubts. Shortly before Christmas, Minister-President Viorica Dancila explained angrily: "We will be criticized, without earning it, we are punished just because we are in an Eastern European country."

In Romania were amended to, among other things, the code of criminal procedure and the criminal law on Corruption has been defused. At the beginning of July, the respected corruption-a special state, was dismissed lawyer Laura with this. Again and again there are demonstrations against the reforms.

The country is since 2007 a member of the European Union and takes on the EU presidency for the first Time.

Video of mass protests in Romania In August, there were violent clashes at Anti-government protests in Romania. (Video: Tamedia/AFP) (ij/sda)

Created: 29.12.2018, 11:24 PM

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