Romanian Business Leaders (RBL) is closely watching the development of the legislative process of amending the Laws on Justice and expresses its deep disagreement with the rush and the way in which organic laws, which underpin the proper functioning of the judiciary and of the rule of law, are voted by the Romanian Parliament – by breaching parliamentary rules and proceedings, without debates and totally ignoring the proposals and warnings coming from the state institutions, professional associations of magistrates and civil society and from the foreign partners of Romania, a press release issued on Tuesday informs.
“Romanian laws, not only those on judiciary, must be treated carefully and responsibly by parliamentarians – and approved only after the impact of the changes on the proper functioning of the country has been previously assessed”.
“As founders and managers of companies that contribute to the Romanian GDP, we support the constitutional principle of separation and balance between state powers. We believe that the independence of the judicial power is the only way to strengthen a business ecosystem which is fair, competitive and free from corrupt practices. According to a survey conducted in 2016 by RAND Europe for the European Parliament, corruption costs us, Romanian people, annually, 15 percent of what all of us produce (the country’s GDP), either we are workers in factories or peasants, doctors, engineers, drivers or accountants, sellers in stores or IT programmers, teachers or miners. This means EUR 25 billion each year, namely the total of the allotments made by the Romanian Government in the 2018 draft budget, for EDUCATION, HEALTH, JUSTICE, TRANSPORT, DEFENSE, LABOR AND SOCIAL INSURANCE together,” the press release maintains.
In the last years, Romania has steadily progressed with regard to the commitments it has made when it joined EU, related to the judicial reformation and the fight against corruption. This is proved by the regular assessments that are made over the last ten years, through the cooperation and verification mechanism (CVM). In these circumstances, the conclusions of the last CVM report for Romania (November, 2017) – which recommends Romania to stay ‘firmly anchored in the achievements of the past’, to respect the independence of the judiciary, to continue the reformations and ‘avoid regress’, must mobilize us as a civil society to defend the democratic achievements after the 90s. We are also carefully watching the developments in countries such as Hungary and Poland, as well as the proposals of some countries that are net contributors to the EU budget, to condition the allocation of EU funds for the period 2020-2027 by the respect for the rule of law.
According to the quoted release, the RBL representatives appreciate that the decisions taken these days by the Romanian Parliament depend on keeping the so hardly gained statute of a constitutional democracy, organized on the principle of separation and balance of powers, a NATO and EU member, as well as on Romania’s economic prosperity in the short and medium term.
“We are confident that, regardless of their political options, deputies and senators who exercise their mandate now – when we celebrate 100 years since modern Romania was founded – will act responsibly, reflectively, according to the principles of good governance – and, as the Romanian Constitution provides, only ‘in the service of people’”.
Romanian Business Leaders (RBL) is an apolitical, non-governmental and non-profit organization providing a platform for social action and involvement for entrepreneurs and company leaders in the private business sector. RBL’s mission is to help Romania become a better country for responsible business, and therefore a better country for the Romanian people.
Entrepreneurs and business leaders of RBL initiate and develop, on a voluntary basis, projects that are exclusively funded from private money, through which:
– we educate and mentor the start-up and scale-up entrepreneurs (the Entrepreneurship Workshops Program and the Mentoria mentorship platform);
– we inspire young people thing as entrepreneurs (the ‘Vreau sa Fiu Antreprenor’ Conferences);
– we repatriate diaspora through entrepreneurship (RePatriot);
– we revitalize the Romanian villages through entrepreneurship (Antreprenoresti – Adopta un sat!);
– we support and recognize teachers with entrepreneurial vocation and thinking (the MERITO Project).