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Reactions and protests >>> International reaction >>> Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs to raise the issue of Romanian Juridical system in the view of EU accession

December 14, 2005

Question no. 2005/06:628 from Carl B. Hamilton (Liberal Party) to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Laila Freivals (Social-Democratic Party)

Romania and EUís Copenhagen criteria

With this written question I follow up on the general answer given by the Minister for Foreign Affairs at the EUís committee meeting, on the 9th of December 2005.

In various EU strategy documents, councilís conclusions, etc., it is underlined the great importance of fulfilling the so-called Copenhagen criteria by those countries that want to become a member of EU. This concerns Romania as well. The criteria are, amongst other things, about law and order, the quality of the legislation and application of the law.

The Supreme Court of Sweden has recently rejected an application for extradition of a person, application filed by Romania, referring to the fact that the legal system in Romania cannot guarantee a fair legal trial. It is about the Bivolaru case, lawsuit nr 2913-05, sentence from 21st of October, 2005.

Question: What does the Minister for Foreign Affairs intend to do in order to concretely pass on this sentence to those who are in charge with the enlargement issues, with Romania issues in Sweden and EU, respectively to the negotiators of Romaniaís accession and to the authorities?

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