Romania: Benchmarks under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism are satisfactorily met

On November 22, 2022, the European Commission adopted the latest report on steps taken by Romania to meet its commitments on judicial reform and the fight against corruption under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).

The report positively notes Romania’s significant efforts to implement all the recommendations through new legislation, policies, and tools to strengthen the judiciary and combat corruption.

The Commission concludes that the progress made by Romania is sufficient to meet the CVM commitments made at the time of its accession to the EU and that all benchmarks can be satisfactorily closed. The assessment also takes account of the developing landscape for the rule of law in the EU, and in particular Romania’s full engagement in the rule of law report cycle.

From now on, the Commission will no longer monitor or report on Romania under the CVM, but monitoring will continue within the annual rule of law cycle. Reporting will be consolidated in the Commission’s annual Rule of Law Report, as for all Member States.

The press release and Q&A are now available.