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February 25, 2021

CSM wants prosecutors to keep their status as magistrates

Superior Magistracy Council (CSM) Vice President Bogdan Gabor stated on Tuesday at the presentation of the Prosecutors’ Section’s official position on the status of prosecutors, that the public re-launch of the issue of modifying the status of prosecutors was taken note of, and that the CSM’s position is to maintain their status as magistrates.

“In this context, we reiterated that the CSM’s Prosecutors’ Section and the CSM Plenum constantly expressed themselves in the sense of the need to maintain the prosecutors’ status as magistrates, as a fundamental condition for guaranteeing a fair and complete representation of society’s general interests, of defending the rule of law and defending the citizens’ rights and liberties,” he stated.

Bogdan Gabor emphasized that this position is also backed by the recent opinion expressed by the Venice Commission, an opinion according to which the modification of the status of Romanian prosecutors could have the effect of threatening the independence of the Public Ministry.

Prime Minister Victor Ponta and President Klaus Iohannis talked on Monday about this issue. The Premier stated that eliminating prosecutors from the category of magistrates was “a proposal that came from the PNL colleagues, in 2013, during the talks on amending the Constitution”: “I opposed it back then. Maybe I was subjective. As a former prosecutor I considered that they should remain magistrates. Now, if PNL still backs its proposal, based on what I discussed with the other colleagues within the commission, I believe it will garner support. Unless PNL changed its mind.”

Likewise, asked on Monday evening during the press conference at the Presidential Palace whether it would be timely to discuss the changing of the prosecutors’ status, Klaus Iohannis answered: “My opinion is that this is not timely.”


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