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February 28, 2021

Geoana: EC prefers quality, not speedy passage of Romanian juridical codes

Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana told a debate over the four legal codes that the leaders of the European Commission (EC) conveyed to him they prefer quality codes over their speedy passage by parliament, Mediafax reports. Geoana said he had spoken with European commissioner Jacques Barreau, according to which the passage of the codes by May 15 would be a EC condition set on Romania. He outlined the importance of a public debate on the four legal draft codes amid increasingly high concerns over politicised justice. Speaking in the name of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), of which he is a president, Geoana also said the government’s announced intention to assume responsibility for the four codes unless adopted by Parliament by May 15 is outpaced by the reality on the ground and might even be harmful, as it risks to ‘over politicise’ the discussions on codes.

The Penal Code parliamentary Sub-commission established yesterday, having discussed the article on violation of private life that no recordings or photographs can be made in somebody’s home without the person’s consent. ‘It is legal, as far as the Penal Code is concerned, to record or photograph a person, save for while they are at home. It is only at home that any person in this country must be protected, as they are in any other European country,’ the Sub-commission chairman, Victor Ponta, said, who added that the article does not aim to restrain journalistic activity.

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