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UK's ambassador Brummel: Romania makes efforts to fight corruption but reforms must be finalized

The ambassador of the United Kingdom to Romania, Paul Brummel stated on Tuesday that Romania made great efforts to fight corruption, but work is still to be done in order to finalize the reforms lagging from the last years.

The ambassador said that Romania joined the European Union with the promise to fighting for a cleaner, less corrupt society. He added that the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) reflects that, stressing out during the event organized by Member of European Parliament Monica Macovei dedicated to anti-corruption thematic in the private sector, that Romania committed to reform the judicial system, to fight corruption at all levels and to establish an Integrity Agency.

The British Ambassador added that a significant step is represented by the adoption of the National Anti-corruption Strategy for the next four years by the Bucharest Executive, a document that focuses on a higher transparency and measures in order to grow the public institution's integrity, but also to give more attention to the education in the anti-corruption spirit.

He added that the UK encourages the Romanian authorities to debate and endorse the most efficient ways to prevent and fight corruption. 
The ambassador also mentioned that he is convinced that the UK is and can be in the future a friend and a reliable partner of Romania to progress in the direction wanted by the citizens.

The debate was attended by the Minister of Justice Raluca Pruna, the United States Ambassador in Bucharest Hans Klemm, foreign experts in the fight against corruption, NGOs officials and British-Romanian Chamber of Commerce (BRCC) representatives.