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Minister-delegate Negrescu says there is 'a lot of intoxication' amongst European partners on justice in Romania

Victor Negrescu

Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu stated on Wednesday that there is "a lot of intoxication" amongst European partners on the topic of Romania's justice system reform. "Our European partners have a great desire to have more information on what is going on in the country, about what these laws mean, about what the reform of the judiciary means (...)," Negrescu told in a statement granted to private TV broadcaster Antena 3, mentioning that he participated alongside Justice Minister Tudorel Toader in several talks with European officials on the issue of the Romanian judicial system reform.

Victor Negrescu voiced his conviction that Wednesday's debate in the European Parliament on the amendments of the justice laws in Romania will bring clarifications. Asked whether there has been disinformation on this issue, Negrescu specified: "There have been questions about things that do not actually exist, things that they possibly took over from emails they had received and I answered to all these questions. In fact Mr Minister Tudorel provided clarifications, technical, legal explanations, very precise, about these elements. It turned out there has been, unfortunately, a lot of intoxication, which does not correspond to reality and I believe it is our duty to provide these pieces of information. I am convinced the effort we have made these last days, to be present, to discuss with all the political groups but also with representatives of the European Commission, (...) will allow them to have a clear vision of what is actually happening in the country."

According to Victor Negrescu, the Justice Minister had "useful elements" for the European Parliament debate.

"We believe the Justice Minister had arguments and elements useful to the debate because, in the end, it is natural for such a debate to take place, in any democracy, in any parliament but it would have been best if we had the part that can actually explain what is going on. We hope that in the future, we can truly participate in these debates and after talks, obviously provide supplementary information about the questions some MEPs might have," Negrescu further affirmed.



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