Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu has replied on Friday in an open letter to the accusations fielded by Frans Timmermans, First Vice President of the European Commission.
“I am compelled to bring to your knowledge that Romania has several issues to resolve in order to truly be a rule-of-law state. Solving these problems is in the attributions of the Parliament, and I am using all the influence and prestige gained after the 1989 Revolution so that Romania be a rule-of-law state, following the model of the liberal democracies of Europe. I have the conviction that the Dutch counterpart of the ICCJ [High Court of Cassation and Justice, Romania’s Supreme Court] head wouldn’t have waited for the Senate Speaker to request his resignation for his actions, but would’ve resigned the instant the competent court has definitively and irrevocably ruled to acquit the person incriminated by the ICCJ head, which equated to a false incrimination against a simple citizen”, says Popescu-Tariceanu in the open letter.
According to him, the pressure of the “false incrimination, coming from the highest level of the Romanian judiciary” has set in motion a series of “abuses and illegal procedures of some prosecutors with the DNA [National Anticorruption Directorate] and judges”.
“I have the conviction that in the Netherlands the secret services do not participate in investigations until the completion of the act of justice (…), that they have not infiltrated agents in the judiciary and Public Ministry as in Romania (…), the presumption of innocence is respected (…) that prosecutors do not investigate the opportuneness of political decisions taken by members of the Government or MPs (…) and that the Dutch counterpart to the CSM [Superior Council of Magistracy] is not active in the political sphere”, said the Senate Speaker., according to Agerpres.
First Vice President of the European Commission, Dutchman Frans Timmermans, claimed on Thursday, in front of the members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee of the European Parliament that he has clearly told Tariceanu that an attack directed at the ICCJ head is not acceptable in a rule-of-law state.
Timmermans had declared that he was not criticizing a country, but politicians, stating that countries are much, much more than some politicians. Senate Speaker Popescu-Tariceanu replied with a paraphrase in his letter: “I am not criticizing the European Commission, I am criticizing a politician. You know, the European Commission means much, much more than one politician.”