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CVM, Justice and Rule of Law. MPs have a different agenda

Over 20 legislative initiatives placed on the agenda of the Chamber of Deputies’ Judicial Committee place under the question mark some commitments that the Romanian state has made since the 2006 implementation of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. They clearly disrespect the commitments taken by Romania in insuring the quality and stability of the legislative anti-corruption and integrity framework.

Current legislation has demonstrated its effectiveness in combatting corruption and insuring integrity.  

The Romanian judicial system has the necessary legislation to correct the naturally-occurring problems.

The Superior Council of Magistracy has all the necessary levers to address critiques on the unfolding of the judicial process.

Problems and critiques can and must be solved in the already-existing legal and institutional framework, through the application of current legislation and by fully, independently and transparently claiming the role that each institution has, especially through the actions of the Superior Council of Magistracy.

On the other hand, the lack of transparency is noteworthy, along with the haste with which the Judicial Committee acts, through actions such as ad-hoc supplementation of the daily order or by granting clearly unrealistic terms – one week – to the leadership of SCM and the High Court of Cassation and Justice in order to formulate standpoints.

A simple reading of the conclusions and recommendations of the most recent CVM Report, issued to the public on January 28, 2015, reveals the chasm and even the contradiction between the objectives which Romania has taken within the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism and the legislative proposals that envisage the justice performed by the Members of Parliament.

Under these circumstances, we consider the numerous modifications which envisage the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code and the Statute of magistrates, proposed by the majority of the MPs of the governmental arch, have as purpose the diminishing of the effectiveness of the fight against corruption, and on sheltering dignitaries from certain investigations regarding the conflict of interest and the service offences.

16 June 2015
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Expert  Forum (EFOR)
Romanian Center for European Policies (CRPE)
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