ROMANIA – Rule of law

“Romania has long argued that we need such a report, instead of the CVM, which discriminates between Romania and Bulgaria and the other member states.” President Klaus Iohannis told reporters on Wednesday (30 September), confirming that the government agrees with how the report describes the situation in Romania.

“For example, the laws of justice, the rule of law – the report is clear: the situation was problematic between 2017 and 2019. In 2020, the current government is trying to revalidate, to restart the process, to restore the balance,” Iohannis added. However, not all shared his opinion.

The centre-right government announced Wednesday evening (30 September) several projects to modify the laws that govern the judiciary, after changes adopted by the socialists a few years ago were criticised by a large number of magistrates, as well as civil society and international organisations, including the European Commission.

These projects try “to repair the laws of justice,” and will relaunch the fight against corruption, Iohannis said.

However, PSD, the party that orchestrated the changes in the justice law that, according to the Commission, affected the independence of the justice system, said the EU’s rule of law report was a “red card” for the president.

PSD, which continues to be the dominant party in parliament, has frequently clashed with the minority government formed by PNL (EPP), a party that was led by Iohannis before he was elected president.

So it comes to no surprise that Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu said the debates on the justice law changes will take about six months, as PNL hopes for a more favourable parliament in the coming months following elections.

(Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)

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