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February 9, 2023

Predoiu calls on MPs to discuss ANI law

Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu yesterday called upon all members of Parliament to start discussing the National Integrity Agency (ANI) law, “with Romania’s strategic interest of consolidating EU membership, reputation and positive influence in the European concert at heart.”

“The justice Verification and Co-operation Mechanism’s being affected by petty political interests hurts Romania’s political destiny in Europe. We endorse the mechanism’s benchmarks irrespective of political or economic circumstances,” the justice minister states in a press release quoted by Agerpres. Predoiu notes the ministry will support all the points in the request for the re-consideration of the ANI law, with debates on the re-consideration request by the Chamber Legal Affairs Committee being scheduled yesterday. “We will also propose a number of additional amendments contributed by ANI, through which we are trying to consolidate the operation of the agency (…) restricting ANI’s competence more than the Constitutional Court said in its decision, would represent an unwanted message that would definitely harm Romania’s interests. The European Commission and the EU member states are awaiting a clear-cut message from the Romanian Parliament in the direction of respect for public function integrity,” Predoiu said.

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