European Union: EU applauds repeal of Romania corruption decree

Author(s): UNK | Date: February 16, 2017 | Language: English
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The EU on Thursday hailed the decision by Romania to reverse a government decree that would have weakened anti-corruption laws and sparked a wave of protests.
“I really welcome the fact that emergency ordinance 13 has been repealed. That’s a very good step,” said European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans after talks with Romania’s Prime Minster Sorin Grindeanu.
Romania has been rocked by weeks of anti-graft protests in the biggest demonstrations since the end of communism in 1989.
Grindeanu has remained defiant to the uproar and easily survived a confidence vote in parliament last week.
“We have reiterated our firm stance on our commitment to fight corruption,” Grindeanu said after talks with commission officials.

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