Rule of law in Romania: independence of the judiciary up for debate in plenary 

MEPs will discuss on Wednesday the latest judicial reforms in Romania and their impact on the separation of powers, in the presence of Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă.

A resolution will be put to a vote in plenary in November.I.

The European Parliament already discussed the rule of law in Romania last February, following massive street protests after the Romanian Parliament approved an overhaul of how the judicial system is organised and changes to rules about conflicts of interest. The criminal code and the criminal procedure code have also been modified, but these changes are currently being reviewed by the Constitutional Court.

Demonstrators took to the streets again last month to protest over corruption and changes to the judiciary. Several people were injured in clashes with riot police.

The European Commission warned in January about the effect that these amendments might have on the independence of Romania's judicial system and its capacity to fight corruption effectively. Prior to the plenary debate, Frans Timmermans, first Vice-President of the Commission, will be in the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday 1 October to discuss the situation in the country with MEPs.

Procedure: Council and Commission statements, with resolution

Debate: Wednesday, 3 October

Vote: November I