The Federal Republic of Germany’s ambassador in Bucharest, Werner Hans Lauk, made a statement at a conference organized by the Romanian Constitutional Court together with the Southeastern Europe Rule of Law Program coordinated by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
“We cannot stress enough how important the rule of law principle is. Rule of law means equality before the law, making public authority dependent on justice and legislation, fair treatment, independent and unbiased justice and the prevention of abuse of power by interest groups. The constitutional state and the rule of law principle are pillars for all European Union Member States and the European Union’s objective is to uphold them”, ambassador Lauk stated.
The Romanian Constitution reform, initiated a while back, consists of fundamental decisions aimed at reorganizing the relations between state institutions and impacts important sectors of Romanian society.
For this reason, such a reform needs to be thoroughly debated both publicly and politically and must not be hurried. The ambassador said he supports the Romanian Constitutional Court: “The Romanian Constitutional Court is a fundamental pillar of the Romanian rule of law and is doing its job, despite the occasional harsh critiques from the outside.”
Thursday’s conference was held on the occasion of launching a selected volume of decisions made by the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany translated in Romanian. The conference was also attended by Federal Constitutional Court judge Wilhelm Schluckebier, who talked about the role played by the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.
The volume of decisions translated in Romanian was financially backed by the German Embassy in Bucharest. The book includes a selection of significant decisions and is addressed to Romanian jurists and law practitioners, but it is also an example of how transparency and bringing legal aspects into political discourses can lead to acceptable solutions for all parties involved, even in complicated political situations.
Also on Thursday, H.E. Werner Hans Lauk participated at the inauguration of the new building of the German School of Bucharest, which is officially accredited by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.