Today, January 23rd, 2019, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, as acting President of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, presented in front of the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) of the European Parliament the priorities of the Presidency in the justice field, falling within the area of competence of this committee.
At the opening of the session, the Romanian official presented the European context, marked by multiple challenges, in which Romania exercises for the first time the presidency of the EU Council. He highlighted that a close cooperation with the European Parliament is necessary because only together the two co-legislators will be able to finalize the most important pending legislative files.
After that, the Minister presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency in the field of justice which fall within the competence of the JURI Committee. In the field of civil justice, the general objective is to facilitate the lives of citizens and the business environment by strengthening mutual recognition and enforcement of decisions and resolutions in the field of family law and in civil and commercial law with cross-border implications.
“European citizens must enjoy and benefit from this grandiose project that is the European Union” said Justice Minister Tudorel Toader.
The concrete priorities include improving the legal framework to better protect the best interest of the child by strengthening the rules on parental responsibility in cross-border cases, as well as the civil aspects of international abduction of minors where the goal is to reach a political agreement on the reform of the Brussels Regulation IIa.
Other concrete legislative proposals where the Romanian Presidency seeks to advance EU-level negotiation are those on the law applicable to third-party claims and the modernization of the legal framework for document communication and obtaining evidence in civil and commercial field (revision of Regulation (EC) 1393/2007 and Regulation (EC) 1206/2001).
In the field of trading company law, the objectives are ambitious: on the one hand, reaching an agreement with the European Parliament on the proposal for a directive on the use of digital instruments and processes in company law, and, on the other hand, obtaining a mandate from the EU Council to negotiate with the European Parliament on the proposal for a directive on cross-border transformations, mergers and divisions.
Another priority area is the creation of a horizontal framework at European level to protect whistleblowers. In this regard, Romanian Presidency has made efforts since its inception to obtain a negotiating mandate from the EU Council, on the proposal for a directive, with a view to starting and finalizing the trialogue, in the current mandate of the European Parliament.