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European Union officials can cut off EU funds if Romania does not register results in its fight against corruption

de A.C.     HotNews.ro
Luni, 19 mai 2008, 9:46 English | Top News

Monica Macovei
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Romania's fight against corruption dimmed and this is a reason of concern at the European Union level, a conclusion of the weekly HotNews.ro - BBC interview with former Justice minister Monica Macovei and NGO director Alina Mungiu Pippidi warns. They argue that Romanian politicians are too busy finding new ways to escape from the justice system while Romanian magistrates avoid ruling on high corruption cases and Constitutional Court members serve those who initially appointed them. However, it seems that EU officials can discover new financial sanctions.

Former Justice minister Monica Macovei said that politicians in Romania do not wish to fight corruption and they erode any trust people or European officials might have in the Romanian justice system. She goes even further to declare that the system is too politicized to rule against its founders.

Plus, Macovei said that Brussels officials are frustrated up to a point because they actually believed Romania's commitment in upgrading Romania's standards to the European ones. At her turn, Romanian Academic Society director Alina Mungiu Pippidi said that Romania's fight against corruption dwells on eight high corruption cases which have never been resolved.

When it comes to Constitutional Court members, Monica Macovei says that judges struggle to find solutions to avoid ruling on high corruption cases. She adds that their mind is created to find solutions to postpone trials as much as they can.

In the same vein, Alina Mungiu Pippidi said that Constitutional Court judges need to interpret a vague and inconsistent Constitutional text. She added that the Court is object of tremendous pressure and it lacks any independence.

Both declare that European officials can decide to cut European funds short if Romania will fail to come up with tangible results in its fight against corruption. Alina Mungiu Pippidi said that she is sure EU officials will find enough strings to punish a lack of results.

Monica Macovei added that EU funds need to reach citizens and are meant to improve the city's infrastructure not to tighten the pockets of influent politicians.




















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