Senate committees give nod to ANI law

Senate’s legal and human rights committees yesterday passed the National Integrity Agency law as it was voted by the Chamber of Deputies, but amended it so as not to require union leaders to file wealth statements. Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu on Tuesday told the members of the Senate’s Legal, and Human Rights Committees, which are debating the ANI Law, that the Government is ready to cooperate in finding a solution compatible with both the decisions of the Constitutional Court (CC) and the European Commission’s (EC) demands. “Its relevance (of the draft ANI Law), with regard to Romania’s international commitments, results from the EC report we received in June. As far as domestic interest is concerned, we believe it is important for us to send not only our European partners, but also the public, a very clear signal regarding the political will of the Romanian Parliament to build a long-term identity, through integrity, for the political class and Romania in general,” Catalin Predoiu stated, during the joint meeting of the Legal, and Human Rights Committees of the Senate. According to the minister, the most important aspects of the Law refer to publicity and the wealth seizing measure. The Legal, and Human Rights committees of the Senate on Tuesday started joint debates over the ANI Law, in presence of Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu. The Chamber of Deputies passed the ANI Law on Monday, with 204 votes against just two – Tudor Chiuariu.

The European Commission considers as encouraging the fact that Romania takes measures after the preoccupation expressed by Brussels in its report on justice. EC Spokeswoman Amelia Torres said yesterday the new debate on ANI law in parliament is encouraging and that the European Commission would analyze the new law after it is finalized.

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