Appeal to the unity of Europe and alert to the threat of nationalisms and populisms
BRUSSELS, Oct. 2 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The appointed Commissioner of Justice, the Belgian liberal Didier Reynders, reiterated this Wednesday in his examination before the European Parliament that he undertakes to monitor the application of the European arrest and surrender order by the Member States, as well as to review the system if the evaluation that Brussels is carrying out concludes that it does not work.
“I will continue to monitor the application and will work closely with you and with the Member States to continue improving it. We will have to analyze carefully what needs to be done, after the full evaluation is being done,” Reynders said in his initial intervention in the three-hour audition to which it is submitted to obtain the endorsement of the Eurocamara.
The still deputy prime minister of the Belgian Government has also ensured that “in the light” of the conclusions that the Community Executive draws from the current evaluation, he himself will consider “seriously” if appropriate “to submit a proposal to review” the euroorder.
In addition, he pointed out the need to move forward to adapt national judicial systems and pointed out the importance of “strengthening the climate of trust” between the Member States.
Reynders already pointed out this strategy in the written questionnaire that he had to present to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament before which it is examined orally today. In the questionnaire, MEPs introduced a question on this issue at the request of citizens, with the support of 'popular' and liberals.
The one who will be Commissioner of Justice of the Commission of Ursula von der Leyen, if he obtains the green light of the Eurochamber, will have powers in the field of Rule of Law, Justice and Consumer Protection.
In reviewing what will be his priorities in the legislature that will start in November, Reynders has stressed the protection of peace, security and welfare of citizens, with the commitment to protect the common values of democracy and fundamental rights.
THE THREAT OF NATIONALISMS AND POPULISMS
Within this framework, the Belgian politician has celebrated the achievements of the European Union, which, after decades of work, legislates “for the welfare of citizens, instead of fighting for territories”; At the same time it has committed itself to advancing the European project, preserving the diversity of cultures and languages of Europe.
He has also warned that in order for Europe to exercise a leadership position, it is necessary to act in a “united” way and leave nationalisms and populisms behind.
“The world around us has become more fractured and more unstable. The values we defend are threatened by those who want to return to the nationalist and populist rhetoric that should have remained in the past,” Reynders defended, for whom this threat persists for part of “nations that seek to dominate and not cooperate”.
The Belgian liberal has also insisted on his goal of strengthening the mechanisms for the protection and promotion of the rule of law within and outside the European Union, including with a new instrument that prepares Brussels for annual compliance monitoring by Member States
The objective, he explained, is to supervise in all Member States that democratic principles and values are respected, “with greater attention where there are identified risks”. “I will not hesitate to act if the rule of law is in danger, nor will I doubt if democracy is at stake,” he has said.
DEFENDED OF CORRUPTION CHARGES
Reynders has also taken advantage of his initial intervention to defend himself against the accusations of corruption and money laundering that a former agent of the Belgian State Security services filed against him.
In September it was announced that the Prosecutor's Office had initiated an investigation into the commissioner candidate for these accusations, but last week he decided to close the case due to lack of evidence. The controversy returned this week when the complainant filed a second complaint for threats.
Reynders has appealed to the presumption of innocence and stressed that the judicial authorities have dismissed the case, while claiming to be the victim of “malicious attacks” by someone seeking to “destabilize.”