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The European Commission charts Romania's progress in reforming judicial system

The European Commission published July 23 its new annual report on the state of the judicial reform in Romania, basing its assessment on information provided by the government, civil society organizations, other EU countries with a presence in Romania. The report states that, though Romanian authorities have adopted the basic elements of a modern judicial system, “the structures are still fragile and high-level corruption cases often politcised”. The report calls on Bucharest to intensify reforms. The European Commission set Romania a series of goals, among which are listed anti-corruption measures for local guvernment.

In a parallel report on Bulgaria which joined the EU along with Romania in 2007, the European Commission warns Sofia that its fight against corruption and organised crime has not yielded sufficient results. The commission has also suspended some EU funds owing to irregularities in financial management by Bulgarian state agencies.