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May 18, 2021
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Senate puts off validation of new CSM members

Validation of the magistrates nominated as members of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) by the Senate plenum has been postponed, as senators could not reach consensus Wednesday over how the vote should be expressed, Agerpres reports. Senate Democrat-Liberal majority leader Cristian Radulescu took the Senate floor to propose the vote should not concern the whole list of members but individual magistrates instead. Radulescu raised the issue that three of the magistrates members chosen, Dan Lupascu, Lidia Barbulescu and Dan Chiujdea, would no longer be legally eligible for a second term.
The leader of Senate Liberals, Puiu Hasoti called PDL’s request “outside the law” and urged the session chairman to refrain from putting to vote a “nonsensical” proposal. For his part, Social-Democrat Senator Dan Sova said the law enabling the three candidates to get their CSM membership imposes no term restrictions, while the Constitution only provides that CSM judges should serve a six-year term. What the Senate managed to do in yesterday’s session was but to pick the two civil society representatives to the CSM: Corina Dumitrescu, rector at the Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University, and Victor Alistar, executive director of Transparency International Romania. President Traian Basescu Tuesday lambasted the CSM over the recent elections where members gave their vote to Lupascu, Barbulescu and Chiujdea, despite each of them already having a term under their belt, saying that CSM will hold responsibility for the negative considerations likely to be contained in the European Commission intermediate justice report.

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