Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced on Thursday, at the Palace of Parliament, that he will no longer lodge with the Venice Commission a request for its opinion on the method of appointing the chief prosecutors, saying that, since the ruling coalition has decided that the bill amending the judiciary laws should move forward as a bill tabled by Parliament, the prerogative of notifying the Commission belongs to Parliament.
“One doesn’t take intermediate forms of the bill to the Venice Commission. I have a finalised bill and I was waiting for the decision, to see where I have to present it: at the Government or in Parliament. Yesterday I found out. I’ll present it in Parliament. I’ll go to Parliament, we have the bill’s final form, I’ll go to Parliament where I have: the request for the committee’s report, the bill’s substantiation report, the bill, the three laws to be amended in table format. (…) The moment the parliamentary committee endorses the bill, it also takes over the request for the [Venice] Commission’s opinion and it sends it to the Commission,” Tudorel Toader stated.