The European Commission rebuked Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday for failing to meet EU demands to uphold the rule of law and urged him to speed up reforms.
In a report published last week, the EU’s executive said Romania’s justice system and anti-corruption measures were not strong enough. It conceded the country had taken some steps in recent months to safeguard constitutional law.
Romania will remain under special European Union monitoring and be excluded from the passport-free Schengen zone.
President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barros said: “We need to see further progress on independence of the judiciary and appointment of two key-posts.”
He added: “We will also look to politicians to set an example by stepping aside where integrity rulings or corruption charges exist.”
Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta insisted his government had addressed all concerns, including those about press freedom: “The freedom of media in Romania like in the whole of Europe is going to be respected and is going to be considered as a fundamental value.”
Another European Commission report into the country’s progress will be published at the end of the year.
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Russia unveils ‘straight’ flag, internet responds
- 3Seven reasons why Yanis Varoufakis is now a political legend
- 4Greek crisis: ‘Agreement reached’ after marathon talks
- 5International news | euronews, latest international news
- 6Nasa announces the discovery of an earth-like planet
- 7Is Saudi Arabia outlawing rainbows for being gay?
- 8French actor Gérard Depardieu ‘a threat to Ukraine national security’
- 9Pluto: New Horizons space probe provides closest-ever pictures
- 10International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 11BREAKING: Formal nuclear deal reached with Iran, says diplomat
- 12Latest News Bulletin
- 13Greece votes ‘No’ in overwhelming rejection of bailout proposals
- 14‘Imposed’ bailout deal must be implemented, says Greek PM
- 15At least 10 dead in explosion in Turkish town close to border with Syria
- 16Greece clinches deal with eurogroup after marathon talks
- 17Berlusconi linked with a shock return to government – in Russia!
- 18Israel angry as Iran and West talk up nuclear deal
- 19Varoufakis resigns after Greek referendum
- 20The Pluto flyby : what we’ve learnt so far