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April 23, 2021

In open letter, President calls on magistrates to stop protests

President Traian Basescu addressed on Friday a letter to the president of the Superior Council of Magistracy, Virgil Viorel Andreies, document in which he launches a public appeal to all CSM members and to the whole body of magistrates to make proof of understanding and to stop the protest actions, reads a press release of the Presidential Administration.

The magistrates started the protests two weeks ago, unhappy with the security blanket salary law, the under-funding of the system and the big volume of work.

CSM Press Office stressed that the letter sent by the Head of State to the president of the Council will be submitted to the attention of the plenum during the next meeting.

In the meantime, on Friday there was a new round of negotiations between the representatives of the magistrates and the Minister of Justice Catalin Predoiu. After the discussions, Predoiu declared that he does not negotiate under the pressure of protests, issuing a new signal for the magistrates to resume their judging activity. Predoiu accused CSM of not having issued on Thursday a signal of responsibility for the magistrates, and also the leaders of the magistrates of having gone too far “pushing the limit” in connection with the protests.

On another hand, CSM vice president Bogdan Licu declared after the meeting that the overexertion bonus of 50 per cent and the confidentiality bonus of 15 per cent have been acknowledged for the first time in the draft of the security blanket salary law.

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