President Iohannis asks Dorneanu to debate his challenge on the CPC after Venice Commission issues opinion

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On Tuesday, President Klaus Iohannis sent Constitutional Court (CCR) President Valer Dorneanu a letter along with his constitutionality challenge against the law amending and supplementing Law no.135/2010 on the Criminal Procedure Code and Law no.304/2004 on the structure of the judicial system, asking him that the date of the debate be established so that the Venice Commission’s opinion could be put to good use.

“Based on the stipulations of Article 146, Section a), of the Constitution, and of Article 15 of Law no.47/1992 on the structure and functioning of the Constitutional Court, republished, with subsequent amendments and additions, I hereby forward you the constitutionality challenge against the Law amending and supplementing Law no.135/2010 on the Criminal Procedure Code and Law no.304/2004 on the structure of the judicial system. Considering the tradition of good collaboration between Romanian public authorities and the European body that contributes to the development of a joint constitutional heritage in Europe, and which supports the states that want to put their juridical and institutional structures in line with international standards and good practices in the field of democracy, the pre-eminence of law and the protection of human rights, I ask you to establish the deadline for the debate on the constitutionality challenge so that the Venice Commission’s opinion could be put to good use,” reads President Klaus Iohannis’s letter.

The Venice Commission is expected to issue an opinion in September.