On January 1, Romania will take on the Council of the EU for a six-month period under a ruling Mr Juncker has told of an uneasiness about. He told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag that while he thinks Romania is “well prepared” on a technical level, “I believe, however, that the government in Bucharest has not yet fully understood what it means to preside over EU countries”. He added: “Thoughtful acting also requires a willingness to listen to others and the firm will to put one’s own concerns at the end of the queue. With that in mind, I have some doubts.” His criticisms come after a flurry of scandals including spats within the country’s ruling Social Democratic Party, the resignation of the country’s EU minister and accusations of corruption.
Mr Juncker said Romania’s internal fighting obstructed the member state from acting as a “solid entity” in EU politics.
He said: “A united front at home is needed to promote European unity during the Council presidency.”
Romania has recently been accused of backtracking on years of demarcating reforms her legislation passed in European parliament that has the potential to weaken the rule of law.
The amnesty would protect politicians from prosecution for corruption, such as politician Liviu Dragnea.
Mr Dragnea, who was the leader of Romania’s ruling political party, was handed a three-and-a-half year sentence for corruption and is considered to be the most powerful man in the country.
Mr Juncker also attempted to oust Hungary’s ruling Fidesz Party, of which Viktor Orban leads and stop the anti-establishment leader from being a candidate in upcoming EU elections.
He said: “I have asked the European People’s Party to exclude the Hungarian Fidesz party.
“I think the Christian democratic values on which the EPP is based are no longer compatible with Fidesz’s policy.
“I think it is a big mistake that in the traditional party families, the number of those who blindly follow populists is growing.”
He said his motion was rejected however.
Romania joined the EU in 2007 and the country’s Council presidency will last until June 2019.