BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Under scrutiny during its first six-month EU presidency, Romania would be damaging rule of law should it decriminalize some forms of corruption and grant an amnesty to offenders, the head of the European Commission said on Friday.
The leader of the ruling Social Democrats, Liviu Dragnea, has a conviction for vote-rigging and has been pressing Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis for the legal changes.
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But the head of the EU bloc’s executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, expressed disapproval of that at a joint news conference with Iohannis in Bucharest.
Even though the European Union was built on compromises, there could be no negotiating legal principles, he said.
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“If an amnesty was adopted, as some in this country envisage, it would be a step back in the rule of law,” Juncker said in response to a question.
Dragnea, who denies wrongdoing but is barred from becoming prime minister, has been pushing for changes including a decree that would grant prison pardons and amnesty, including...
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