President Iohannis disagrees with changes to the criminal procedure code: Amendments proposed are null and void

President Klaus Iohannis on Friday said that the amendments proposed for the criminal procedure code are “null and void,” pointing out that he doesn’t agree with these changes.

“There are two things that I want to underscore in this context. The first thing, in my opinion, the fight against corruption must continue in all force and with all force. The second, I can tell you that these amendments proposed are null and void. I have a very bad opinion about these amendments and there are others who have the same opinion who voiced their concerns in the public area. Therefore, to state it in simpler words, I don’t agree with them,” President Iohannis said at the Henri Coanda International Airport, upon his return from Poland, when asked about his opinion on the amendments brought to the criminal procedure code.

He pointed out he maintains his position voiced in the year beginning concerning the lifting of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).

“It is an entirely different thing, the CVM is an instrument that has proven its usefulness, but, which, as I have also discussed with representatives of the European Commission, with representatives of the European Council, must come to a completion phase, same as representatives of the Commission have recently found that Romania reached the last stage within the CVM, the finalisation (…) stage, not from one day to another, but in a few years’ time. We believe the proposal of European Commission President Juncker is realistic, that this mechanism come to an end by the end of the mandate of this commission,” the head of state said.


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