JusMin Toader replies to President Iohannis: I was obliged by the law and by the recent CCR decision to go before the Parliament, where I was called to present the Laws on Justice

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Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said on Friday in a press conference that he was obliged by the law and by the recent decision of the Constitutional Court to go before the Legal Committee of the Parliament, which called him to present the draft law amending the Laws on Justice. Thus, he replied to President Klaus Iohannis, who, one day before, accused him of going before the Parliament without having the right of legislative initiative and of giving these laws to the parliamentarians.

Tudorel Toader held a press conference on Friday morning, in which he explained why he went to the Parliament to present the draft law amending the Laws on Justice and why he gave this draft law to the parliamentarians.

“There is also a recent decision of the Constitutional Court, saying that no one can refuse to appear before a parliamentary committee. The decision wouldn’t have been necessary, since there is a legal obligation. Based on this law, (…), on the CCR decision, I answered to the invitation of the parliamentary committee. (…) Being invited by them, I presented in 50 minutes the main issues of the Laws on Justice and the meeting in the committee could have been stopped there. (…) But the committee asked me to provide them with the draft law, so I provided them with the printed version of the draft law, the explanatory memorandum and the request for the opinion of the Venice Commission. I also provided them with the electronic version of the documents. Besides, they also posted it on the website” the Justice Minister stated.

“Since I was invited to go to the committee, taking into account the legal provision, I couldn’t avoid going there” Tudorel Toader added.

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Thursday that the lawmaking procedure was flawed by the way of promoting the Laws on Justice, and the desired amendments are leading to the “hackle” of the laws.

Iohannis said that the Justice Minister went before the Parliament without having the right of legislative initiative and he provided the parliamentarians with these laws.

“We never had such a flawed lawmaking procedure until today: a law package was assumed by the minister, opinions were requested, and all of them were negative. The minister insists, he goes to the Parliament without having the right of legislative initiative, he gives them in the printed format, and the parliamentarians take them as they made them at home. This is not how the laws should be made” the President stated.

As for the content of the draft laws on Justice, the head of state said that some provisions of these amendments are “good, opportune and necessary”.

“But from correcting the laws, which would have been a good thing in essence, to hackling them, there’s a long way and we shouldn’t go through it” Klaus Iohannis pointed out.

 

Ludovic Orban: The actual purpose of the government party is to get hold of Justice, in order for them not be bothered by the prosecutors

 

PNL Chairman Ludovic Orban stated on Friday at Timisoara that he is sure that PSD has prepared certain amendments on the Laws on Justice which they will introduce to the decisional chamber “in the last minute”, namely “by night, as the thieves”. Orban says that “the actual purpose of the government party is to get hold of Justice, in order for them not to be bothered by the prosecutors and judges, so they can continue to steal comfortably”.

PNL’s Ludovic Orban stated on Friday at a press conference held at Timisoara that PNL will vote against the amendments on the Laws on Justice and that he is sure that some amendments will be introduced “in the last minute”.

“We will vote against these amendments, but we’ll be careful. My belief is that they will come with amendments that are already prepared in the drawer, in the last minute, in the decisional chamber, in the night before the plenary debate, namely by night, as the thieves, just as in the case of the Amnesty and Pardon Law, and we’ll be very careful and vigilant, to be able to have a corresponding reaction and reply. Because it is clear to me that the actual purpose of the government party is to get hold of Justice, in order for them not to be bothered by prosecutors and judges, so they will continue to steal comfortably and make abuses in leading institutions. Therefore, they prepared a draft law which, believe it or not, the Justice Minister drafted, but he didn’t have the courage to publicly assume. He simply gave it unofficially to certain parliamentarians” Ludovic Orban stated.

Ludovic Orban also said that PNL will support any public manifestation “against PSD’s attempt to control the judiciary and we are the supporters of the independence of the judicial power and of the power of Justice as a whole”.