Justice Minister Robert Cazanciuc says 10,000 prison places are necessary in Romania. He announced on Tuesday the relocation of at least four sub-standard detention facilities.
“From our standpoint, at least four penitentiaries are on a priority list for closure and relocation. No matter how much we try to invest in prisons located downtown, it is practically impossible to ensure modern condition. (…) Our need for decent, civilized spaces is around 10,000 places. (…) Our hope is to get European funds for building penitentiaries from next year on, or to rebuild those that can be brought up to standards,” Cazanciuc said in a press briefing in Ploiesti.
He mentioned two possible new jails, each with 1,000 places, near Ploiesti and Caracal.
“Ploiesti has a penitentiary built around 1900 that is no longer fit for present needs, no longer up to the relevant European standards. Therefore, considering that there is a former military facility in Berceni (near Ploiesti) transferred to the Justice Ministry several years ago, we decided to launch the pre-feasibility studies to turn it into a penitentiary with approximately 1,000 places. There are two such studies already underway, one in Berceni and one near Caracal. It’s an attempt to bring the penitentiary conditions, if not up to European standards, at least to decent conditions,” Cazanciuc declared.
On the relation of Justice and Parliament: When dialogue existed, we received a favourable answer
Justice Minister Robert Cazanciuc declared about the rejections of DNA requests by members of the Parliament that Romania “may be an example and that, from his point of view”, wherever a truly open dialogue existed”, the Parliament issued favourable answers.
Present on Tuesday afternoon at the Appeal Court in Ploiesti, Justice Minister Robert Cazanciuc declared, after being asked whether he had discussed with the members of the European Commission about CVM and whether there are any worries at the level of EC after the Parliament has recently overruled several demands by DNA, that Romania may be an example for other European countries, at least in the field of justice, the Mediafax correspondent announced.
Moreover, Cazanciuc pointed out that, as he saw things, both the Chamber of Deputies have issued favourable answers “almost every time” to the demands of Justice “when a truly open dialogue existed”.
“We have permanent discussions with the representatives of the European Commission and member states. As the latest evaluations made so far show, Romania’s results are more than satisfying. Romania can be an example of how justice works, for many States in the Union. Obviously, there are a lot of things left to do regarding justice. There are things to do about the decisions reached by the Parliament, and there are a lot of thins to do in the Parliament, as well. Dialogue is needed at the level of the Parliament to explain its members the priorities of justice. From my perspective, whenever a really close dialogue existed, we received a favourable answer from behalf of the Chamber of Deputies and of the Senate, as well”, Robert Cazanciuc declared.
He also mentioned that “no particular cases are discussed with the members of the European Commission”. “The (European, editor’s note) Commission merely demands the three powers in the state to cooperate so that justice could be completed”, Robert Cazanciuc also mentioned.