The announcement is in a letter from Commission Deputy Frans Timmermans to the social-liberal government in Romania. The Letter, dated last Friday, the German news Agency DPA in Brussels.

on the occasion of the letter is the easing of the criminal law on Corruption in the South-East European country. This provides, inter alia, that the limitation periods be shortened for multiple offences. After the payment of bribes to get criminals to remain free, if they view themselves within one year, and no previous investigations have started. In addition, penalties for embezzlement and abuse of power should be halved, if offender to compensate for the damage. Timmermans lists the concerns in his Letter in detail.

The law was adopted by Parliament in April. In force it is not but still, because of the conservative President Klaus Iohannis has not signed it yet. Instead, he sent it for Review to the constitutional court. When a verdict comes in unclear. The law should enter into force, would be the EU-Commission without delay, it is called. Already at the beginning of April Timmermans had been threatened with “rapid and decisive action” should be decided on the law.

For the case that the rule-of-law concerns are not resolved, threatens Romania as a result of the rule of law process, a method, in accordance with article 7 of the EU treaties. This is referred to figuratively as the “atomic bomb”, because EU member States could be deprived of their voting rights. Timmermans also infringement proceedings in the room.

he Also makes it clear that the principle of development in Romania is a decisive factor for his letter. The corruption law is symptomatic of wider concerns. The Commission had in the past few months several times with questions of the rule of law in Romania has to deal with. “The problems that we have identified, and the recommendations that these concerns should be allayed, were not observed”, it says.

Romania since the EU accession in 2007, under special observation, because at the time, not all the EU Standards for the rule of law were achieved. The EU Commission is responsible for monitoring the compliance of EU Law in all 28 countries of the community of States.

(SDA)