Romanian Presidency of The Council of The European Union

Priorities and Events

The work of the Romanian Presidency in the justice area will be based on the 18-month programme of the Trio Presidency. Further enhancing judicial cooperation remains essential for the consolidation of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.

The guiding principles remain the same:

  • Respect for common values, fundamental rights and freedoms and the rule of law;
  • Respect for the different traditions and legal systems of the Member States;
  • Further enhancing the mutual trust in one another’s justice systems.

The Romanian Presidency will particularly concentrate on thefollowing areas:

Civil Justice:

The general objective is to facilitate the life of the citizens and businesses by enhancing the mutual recognition and enforcement of decisions and judgments in family law and in civil and commercial matters with cross-border implications. To that end:

  • The proposal for ”Insolvency Directive” should be swiftly agreed by the co-legislators in order to ensure that viable companies and entrepreneurs in financial difficulty have access to effective preventive restructuring and second chance procedures, while providing a balance for the protection of the legitimate interests of creditors, debtors, employees and society at large.
  • We will make all the efforts to reach a political agreement on the contract law package (digital content directive and sales of goods directive) under the current term of the European Parliament. This package has an important impact on all European citizens, the aim being to ensure a high level of consumer protection in a dynamic market, especially in the digital area and cross border trade.
  • A swift political agreement should be reached on the Brussels IIa recast in order to enhance the legal framework and to better protect the best interests of the child by strengthening the rules of parental responsibility in cross-border cases as well as civil aspects of international child abduction.
  • We are particularly interested in deepening judicial cooperation in the field of international civil procedure law by the following proposals on: the law applicable to the third-party effects of assignments of claims; modernization of the legal framework with regard to the service of documents and taking of evidence (revision of Regulation (EC) 1393/2007 and Regulation (EC) 1206/2001).

Criminal Justice:

  • The legislative proposals on gathering electronic evidence will represent the two main legislative priorities in the area of judicial cooperation in criminal matters during the Romanian Presidency. Thus, we aim to advance as much as possible on the draft Regulation on European Production and Preservation Orders for electronic evidence in criminal matters before the end of the European Parliament legislature and to a general approach in the Council on the draft Directive laying down harmonised rules on appointment of legal representatives for gathering evidence in criminal proceedings.
  • Making the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) fully operational in November 2020, with adequate human and financial resources, requires several steps to be taken during the first half of 2019. To this end, the Romanian Presidency of the Council will follow closely this file, aiming to have the European Chief Prosecutor appointed during the first semester of 2019 and the EPPO College in place within the calendar foreseen.
  • A core priority is to strengthen the mutual trust among the judicial authorities of the Member States in order to improve the practical application of the mutual recognition instruments, especially of the Council Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA on the European Arrest Warrant and the surrender procedures between Member States and of the Council Framework Decision 2008/909/JHA on the application of the principle of mutual recognition to judgments in criminal matters imposing custodial sentences or measures involving deprivation of liberty for the purpose of their enforcement in the European Union. The objective is to ensure a right balance between fundamental rights and mutual recognition, avoiding the impunity of criminals.
  • Improving the synergies between the European Judicial Network, the European Network of Contact Points in respect of persons responsible for the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes ('the Genocide Network'), the JITs Experts Network, the European Judicial Cybercrime Network, and between these networks and the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (EUROJUST) will represent a complementary objective, as these entities are important mechanisms for fostering and facilitating judicial cooperation in criminal matters.
  • A discussion on the future of EU criminal law could feed the strategic guidelines in the JHA area.

Horizontal Priorities:

  • Following the adoption of e-Justice 2019-2023 strategy and the related action plan, Romanian Presidency aims to start concrete actions to implement the measures provided for in the strategic documents, thus supporting the development and promotion of European e-Justice.
  • A better framework for the protection of whistle-blowers. The Romanian Presidency will endeavour as much as possible to advance the negotiations under the current term of the European Parliament.
  • The Romanian Presidency will also seek to advance as much as possible the negotiations on sectorial financial programs Justice, Rights and Values, under the MFF.
Ministerial Meetings:


Location Description

7-8 February 2019

Bucharest, ROU

Informal JHA Ministerial meeting

7-8 March 2019

Brussels, BEL

JHA Council

6-7 June 2019

Luxembourg, LUX

JHA Council

19 June 2019 Bucharest, ROU

EU-USA JHA Ministerial meeting1



Location Title

26-27 February 2019

Bucharest, ROU

Criminal Justice in Cyberspace

1-4 April 2019

Sinaia, ROU

Current challenges in penitentiary systems in Europe - Preventing radicalization and reducing overcrowding in penitentiaries

15-16 May 2019

Bucharest, ROU

The 74th meeting of the contact points for the European judicial network in civil and commercial matters and the 13th meeting of the Central Authorities Brussels IIa Regulation

27-28 May 2019

Iaşi, ROU

Conference on European Public Prosecutor’s Office: challenges related to operationalization

21 June 2019

Bucharest, ROU

Annual Meeting of the Legislative Cooperation Network of the Ministries of Justice of the Member States of the European Union

26-28 June 2019

Bucharest, ROU

52nd plenary meeting of the European Judicial Network

27-28 June 2019

28 Feb.- 1 March 2019

20-21 May 2019

Bucharest, ROU

Bucharest, ROU

Bucharest, ROU

General Assembly of the European Judicial Training Network

EU - US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

E-justice Conference


Galerie foto/video

Justice and  Home Affairs Council - Press Release of the Minister of Justice, Tudorel TOADER


Main topics debated at the Justice and Home Affairs Council - Justice session, March 8, 2019

Justice and Home Affairs Council - Justice session, 8 March 2019

Copyright: Uniunea Europeană/European Union

Conference on "Criminal Justice in Cyberspace", February 26th - 27th, 2019