Minister of Justice Mihailov-Moraru’s Brussels Visit: Discussions on Moldova’s Justice Reform and EU Cooperation

The Minister of Justice, Veronica Mihailov-Moraru, is on a two-day working visit to Brussels, where she has scheduled several meetings and discussions with officials from European institutions. The purpose of this visit is to provide information about the level of progress in the justice reform and the measures related to the justice sector in light of the nine conditions outlined in the European Commission’s Opinion, in the context of the Commission’s enlargement report for this year.

Yesterday, Minister of Justice Veronica Mihailov-Moraru met with European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, and the Director-General of the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission, Ana Gallego Torres.

The discussions focused on the progress of implementing pre-vetting and vetting processes, the formation of the Superior Council of Magistrates and the Superior Council of Prosecutors, efforts in implementing anti-corruption measures, and strengthening the capacity of institutions responsible for combating corruption. They also discussed the level of progress in the actions of the de-oligarchization plan and the challenges faced.

During the meeting, Veronica Mihailov-Moraru expressed the interest of the authorities in Chișinău in joining European Programs: JUST – for Justice, and CERV – Citizens, Equality, Rights, and Values.

Additionally, the minister discussed with European officials about new tools and possibilities for cooperation and assistance in the process of harmonizing legislation in the field of justice, as Moldova is already a candidate state. In this regard, they addressed the perspective of including the Republic of Moldova in the EU Reports on the Rule of Law.

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Regarding developments in the justice sector, Minister Mihailov-Moraru communicated with the Director-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations, Gert-Jan Koopman. They reviewed details of each stage of fulfilling EU conditions and Moldova’s commitments to justice reform, as well as immediate priorities to ensure the irreversibility of the reforms.

Minister Veronica Mihailov-Moraru also had a meeting with Ramona Strugariu, Vice-President of the Parliamentary Committee on Moldova-EU Association, and Dragoș Tudorache, Rapporteur for Moldova in the European Parliament. European MPs reaffirmed their support for the promoted reforms and urged the Government of the Republic of Moldova to maintain a strong pace in these processes.

The Minister of Justice also discussed with European officials the actions that require priority attention and implementation, including those that are on the radar of the European Parliament.

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