BRUSSELS (AP) — An EU report says Romania must make further progress in ensuring the independence of its judiciary and in the battle against corruption.
The report, issued Wednesday, says that "while respect for the Constitution and the decisions of the Constitutional Court has been restored, the lack of respect for the independence of the judiciary and the instability faced by judicial institutions remain a source of concern."
Mark Gray, an EU spokesman, said the European Commission has received "numerous reports of harassment and intimidation of individuals" in important institutions. In addition, Gray said, Romanian government ministers who are accused of corruption should set an example by resigning, rather than staying in office, as they do now.
The European Commission, the EU's executive body, will issue another report by year's end.