Romania in the attention of OSCE observers, Venice Commission

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) announced by a press release posted on its website yesterday that, on July 25, it had started taking steps for inviting observers of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) over to monitor the parliamentary election scheduled to take place in Romania on December 9. MAE’s clarifications are a response to the concerns voiced by the Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs of the Bundestag, Gunther Krichbaum, about the correctness of the parliamentary election this coming winter. Referring to the fears over the fairness of the election, MAE further notes that ‘the correct organisation of the referendum of July 29 has been confirmed by the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) who, in its ruling adopted on August 21, 2012, states the referendum complied with all procedures, no fraud being identified’. Tatyana Mychelova with the Press Office of the European Commission for Democracy through Law, also known as the Venice Commission, yesterday informed that a group of Commission experts would travel to Bucharest the following week, ‘in the context of forming an opinion on the constitutional situation in Romania’. The Venice Commission will adopt its position on the situation in Romania in its plenary sitting due in Venice in October’, Mychelova said according to realitatea.net. The Venice Commission officials are travelling to Bucharest after the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, and Romanian PM Victor Ponta had recently asked the Venice Commission to issue opinions on the situation of the rule of law in Romania.

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