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France estimates premature MCV lifting for Romania and Bulgaria

France estimates it is premature to lift MCV for Romania and Bulgaria, according to a report of the Commission for European affairs of the French Senate on the topic of the situation of the rule of law in EU.


From France's point of view, MCV should be maintained, due to the fact that reference objectives established for each of the two countries have not been reached,” the document shows.


The report mentions that MCV was conceived as a provisional mechanism, meant to expire when the 6 reference criteria for Bulgaria and 4 criteria for Romania were fulfilled in a satisfying manner.


If it generally admitted that without MCV the governments' political will to apply reforms were to the same, Romania and Bulgaria would not have progressed at the same rate or in a straight manner.


The document also shows that in Bulgaria's case, the EC conclusion was that progress made in the MCV context were enough to be considered according to engagements assumed by Bulgaria at the moment of accession and recommended the conclusion of MCV. In Romania's case, appreciations were less positive, the Commission remarking that the reform dynamic disappeared in 2017 and important institutions should prove together their strong attachment to the independence of justice and fight against corruption, pointing out that these recommendations should be applied so that the reform process should resume and MCV lifted.”


France considers premature the lifting of MCV, also for Bulgaria, estimating that real progress cannot be made without political engagements”, the document shows.