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EU-Commission on the progress and regress of Bulgaria and Romania in the Justice sector

Annual Cooperation and Verification Mechanism

Since the EU accession of Bulgaria and Romania on 1.1.2007, the European Commission reports to the European Parliament and the Council at least annually with regard to the progress registered by both countries within the scope of the cooperation and verification mechanism. This mechanism was introduced 2006 by the Commission, due to the fact that, despite the progress reached in the consolidation of the rule of law, both countries still had deficits in this field. Solving these deficits ought to be both encouraged and verified. For this purpose, the countries had "Benchmarks" imposed. more…

Thorsten Geißler | April 1, 2015

An alarming law in Bulgaria

Thorsten Geissler, Head of the KAS RLPSEE, released a national report on the newly adopted Law on the State Agency for National Security of Bulgaria. For more details, read the report hereby (in Bulgarian). more…

Thorsten Geißler | September 16, 2013

REPORT: The old and new Romanian Superior Council of Magistracy

On November 1st, 2010, the Romanian Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) changed its composition. The judges and prosecutors from all over Romania elected their new representatives in the body constitutionally designed to protect the independence of the judiciary. The Rule of Law Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung tried to follow the latest developments of the most important institution in the process of reforming the Romanian justice system. Enclosed you can find our latest report in English. more…

Thorsten Geißler, Corina Rebegea | April 13, 2011

Report on the Current Status of Bulgaria and Romania's Judicial System

New positive developments and need for further reforms in the judicial systems of Bulgaria and Romania

Here you can access the newest report of the Rule of Law Program South East Europe on the new developments, the progresses but also the need for future reform in the judicial systems of Bulgaria and Romania. Report is available only in German. more…

Thorsten Geißler | March 17, 2011

Romania's "Small Reform" of the Judicial System

Report available only in German

After EU's critical reports published this year, Romanian independent Minister of Justice Catalin Marian Predoiu initialized a so-called "small reform" of the judicial system. In the latest report of the KAS-RLPSEE, you can find out more on the content of this reform and on the latest developments in the Romanian justice system. more…

Thorsten Geißler | December 22, 2010

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