The European Commission replied on Thursday to charges raised by Romanian Justice minister Tudor Chiuariu’s about it checks on the Romanian judicial system.
EC spokesman Mark Gray said in an exclusive interview for Deutsche Welle said the Commission reports on moves to fight corruption in Romania were done thoroughly, thus dismissing Chiuariu’s claims earlier this week that there was no time for EC reviewers to get a complete image of how things work in Romania.
Chiuariu said during a visit to Brussels on Tuesday that the activity of the Romanian main anti-graft body, the National Anticorruption Department (DNA), was not as significant as shown in an European Commission report in June.
Chiuariu, who is involved in a major clash with DNA prosecutors back home, said for Deutsche Welle it was impossible for the EC to “fully evaluate the activity of the DNA or several institutions in a day, half a day or even week”.
Mark Gray told DW on Thursday that looking back at the reactions of the Romanian government and EU member countries to get an idea of the relevance of the EU report he believed the Commission was able to provide correct reports, based on the situation in the field and working with each government to improve the situation.
He said that both the coalition government that led Romania until this spring and the one that followed the departure of the Democratic Party from the governing alliance with the Liberals at the time welcomed the EC reports and collaborated well with the commission to fulfil the promised objectives.
Gray also referred to another report produced by Romania’s Superior Council of Magistracy at Chiuariu’s request, a report that according to the Romanian minister produced a “grim” image of the activities at the DNA.
Gray said he would not comment on reports coming from Romania or Bulgaria. But he said the Commission was running peer reviews and then doing its own work, checking documents provided by the government or from other independent sources.
He said the EC reports were based on a series of data received from several parties and that the Commission never hides that there are areas where the Government should improve activities.