European Commission Vice-President Franco Frattini, who also serves as Justice Commissioner, said in Brussels on Monday that he would analyze carefully a letter sent to him by German MEP Markus Ferber that calls for the activation of the safeguard clause on Romanian Justice given the negative recent events in Romania.
Unless Romania fulfils all its commitments on Justice reform and the fight against corruption by June, when an EC report on its progress is due to be published, the safeguard clause may be activated, according to Deutsche Welle.
Commissioner Frattini said he already discussed twice with Romania’s new Justice minister Tudor Chiuariu on what may amount to breaching the independence of anti-corruption prosecutors and about the adoption of a modified law on the establishment of the National Agency for Integrity (ANI), a body aimed at keeping the wealth of Romanian dignitaries in check to prevent graft.
The two issues were raised by MEP Ferber in his address to Frattini last week.
Frattini also says that EU experts will run a detailed analysis of the ANI law as it was adopted in a different version than those expected by Brussels officials.