Romania - Iohannis: I've explicitly agreed to make granting of European funds conditional on rule of law

30/09/2020 - 19:15

President Klaus Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Palace on Wednesday that he was "explicitly in agreement with the condition that European funds be granted to respect for the rule of law" and that, together with the Executive, he wanted efforts to be made to make our country "an example to follow" in this regard, agerpres.ro said.

"We agree and have explicitly agreed to make the granting of European funds conditional on respect for the rule of law. In Romania we are determined - both I, the Government, and the democratic parties - to make it so that the rule of law is respected very well, to become an example to follow for others. So, yes, I agree that European funds should be conditional on respect for the rule of law. How this can be done - surely, by analysis, by study, by voting, in the end," the president said.

He also spoke of the first report on the rule of law in the EU, published by the European Commission on Wednesday. In this respect, he stated that he preferred this assessment of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), so that Romania and Bulgaria would no longer be discriminated against.

"I appreciate the appearance of this report. It is the first report to examine the situation of the rule of law, freedom of the press and so on in all the Member States of the European Union. Romania has long maintained that this is what we need instead of the CVM which discriminates in some way Romania and Bulgaria. It is very good that we have this report. It is very good that in this report things are said just as we see them," the president pointed out.


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