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French minister for European Affairs to PM Dancila: “The rule of law is a fundamental element for all EU member states”

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Nathalie Loiseau, the French minister for European Affairs, met Romanian premier Viorica Dancila on Thursday and talked about the rule of law and judicial evolutions in Romania. Loiseau told News.ro that she had a long discussion with Viorica Dancila about the rule of law and judicial evolutions, about taking over and handling the presidency of the EU Council.

“We approached all topics about the Romanian presidency of the EU Council. Mrs Dancila has European experience and I am sure Romania is ready for the Council presidency,” the minister said.

Loiseau talked with Dancila about “the worries of European and international institutions on judicial evolutions in Romania and had a long, detailed conversation.”

“The rule of law is a fundamental element for all EU member states and is one of the criteria taken into consideration upon accession. Romanian authorities know that and support their attachment to the rule of law,” she declared after the meeting with the press at the French Embassy in Bucharest.

The European Commission issued certain questions, worries and conclusions concerning this topic and “I think there must be a serious dialogue between Romania and EU.”

The French minister pointed out: “We cannot have a business climate without problems, we cannot have efficient police and judicial cooperation and access to European financing in countries where the rule of law is not fully assured.”

Refusing to comment on judiciary cases she added that “there aren’t any states considered a problem or exemplary, but there must be permanent vigilance. The aim is not to give sanctions but to consolidate the rule of law throughout EU.”

She declared to be a supporter of open speech in case there are problems.

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