By Adina Popescu
During Tuesday’s session, Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu drew the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) members’ attention that magistrates have the law and order in their hands, and the attacks against Justice state secretaries or the institution itself, should stop. The minister did not make this statement during the live broadcast of the session. Council sources quoted by Mediafax said that Predoiu had reproached the CSM leadership behind-closed-doors its saying one thing and doing another, as it happened at Brussels expert talks on the Justice Ministry magistrate accountability proposal, where said one thing, and in Bucharest, another. The minister told CSM members that he respected its politics, did not interfere, yet things don’t go in the direction expected by Brussels. The minister asked them what more do they want to do their job.
Predoiu answered the CSM’s reproaches that he doesn’t attend the Council sessions, saying his agenda is thrice busier than the CSM’s and, each time he couldn’t attend a session, he nonetheless conveyed his viewpoint, which the CSM has rather ignored. The minister’s reaction follows the general assembly of the Bucharest Court of Appeal, where CSM President Horatius Dumbrava denounced, among others, the minister’s not attending the CSM sessions.
The evaluation mission of the targets imposed by the European Commission is expected in Bucharest after November 20, with its conclusions to be included in a report on Romanian justice system to be made public by Brussels.