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June 21, 2021

FM Corlatean explains to Europe the political evolutions in Romania

MAE, Venice Commission establish a mechanism of direct and permanent communication.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Titus Corlatean, on Wednesday had a telephonic conversation with the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Jean-Claude Mignon, whom he informed about the political situation, reaffirming the commitment of the premier and government to respect the rule of law. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) explains in a press release that the two officials agreed over the need for a permanent contact between Romanian authorities and leading officials of the Council of Europe, which will allow the clarification of any existing doubts over the evolutions in Romania.
In this context, the president of PACE, Jean-Claude Mignon appreciated the openness and availability manifest by Romanian government authorities, and the reconfirmation of the democratic commitments assumed by Romania.
On Thursday, Corlatean had a phone conversation with the president of the Venice Commission, Gianni Buquicchio, and on this occasion he reiterated that the Romanian governmental authorities do not make and will not make any exception from strictly respecting the independence of the judiciary and of the constitutional justice, as a fundamental constitutional principle of the rule of law. “At the same time, the Government will fully support the Commision’s view, as expressed in its statement of 7 August 2012, that it is extremely important that no political pressure whatsoever be exercised against the Judges”, says a press-release of the Foreign Ministry.
Therefore, FM Corlatean also mentioned the Prime-minister Victor Ponta’s message who has publicly and firmly stated, for several times, that the Romanian Government will fully respect the decisions of the Constitutional Court and, on 31 July 2012, launched an appeal to all political forces involved in the current political dispute related to the suspension from office of the Romanian President to abstain from any kind of pressure against the Court or the individual Judges.
In his turn, Buquicchio voice his appreciation for the position of MAE “that one cannot accept pressures and interferences with the activity of the Constitutional Court of Romania, or threats against its judges.” The two officials established a mechanism of direct and permanent communication about the aforementioned issues, stressing the need to continue the positive cooperation that has existed, in years, between Romania and the Venice Commission for Democracy through Law. They also emphasised the condition that all political and institutional observe the final decision of the Constitutional Court.
Also Wednesday, the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs called on the phone the secretary general of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, who expressed the agreement and appreciation for establishing a direct communication channel between Romanian government authorities and the Council of Europe, and for the openness proved by the government for clarifying doubts over the political evolutions in Romania.
After the telephone conversations with the representatives of the European Union (EU), the minister of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed the commitments in letters sent to the three officials.
“On behalf of my Government, I guarantee that prompt and firm legal measures will be taken against any perpetrators in case threats against the integrity of the judges occur. In such a case, it is essential that these absolutely regrettable situations be immediately brought to the attention of the respective competent authorities. At the same time, I have to express my regret that the content of the letter addressed to the Venice Commission by the Constitutional Court of Romania was not made available to the Government. This would have allowed an informed reaction by the Romanian governmental authorities as to the pieces of information which prompted the statement of the President of the Venice Commission of 7 August 2012. Under theses circumstances, I have no choice but to address bellow certain aspects – which are inaccurate and do not correspond to the reality – from a document which was made public yesterday and presented in the Romanian media as the letter sent by President Zegrean to Mr. Buquicchio, and which allegedly represent the basis of the concerns expressed in his statement,” Corlatean wrote in his letter to Jagland.
It is worth noticing the prompt approach granted by the new Minister of Foreign Affairs to the external reactions caused by what is currently going on in Romania, and the difference is more than obvious when compared with the attitude of his predecessor, Andrei Marga. A vice-president of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Varujan Vosganian yesterday wrote on his blog that Marga, although a fellow Liberal, was “too slow” in his reactions, which partly explains why he was replaced.

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