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President Iohannis: No democracy can allow procedural artifice like commingling laws in an emergency ordinance

Romania needs clear, consistent and durable laws, President Klaus Iohannis said Monday, pointing out that no solid democracy should allow procedural artifice like commingling several pieces of legislation with no connection among them in one big governmental ordinance.

He added that efforts to strengthen democratic mechanisms should be continued by enhancing legislation quality.

“The rule of law entails quality, transparence and correctitude in passing legislation. I say once again that Romania needs clear, consistent and durable laws. No solid democracy should allow legislative changes overnight or procedural artifices such as commingling various pieces of legislation with no connection among them in one emergency ordinance,” Iohannis told a celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta hosted by the Central University Library in Bucharest.

Iohannis added that attempts to breach the law should be rejected, saying that consolidating the rule of law and strengthening democratic mechanisms will be the main priority of his term in office.

“The rule of law means nobody is above the law and when we say nobody that means no state power or individual, irrespective of the public office he or she might hold at a time or another,” said Iohannis.

Iohannis added that the Romanian justice has undergone changes that increased efficiency of the system, while making it modern and highly performing, urging to continuity.

“An independent, fair and impartial judiciary that fully adheres to the human rights is a basic pillar of a democratic state. Justice contributes to the health of the society by fighting against grave phenomena that arrest community development, such as corruption, and rebalancing the judiciary relations in the private law irrespective of nature,” said Iohannis.

Klaus Iohannis says he doesn’t want budget to be biased by electoral calculations

President Klaus Iohannis says he doesn’t want the state budget to be built according to certain electoral calculations or seeking partisan interests.

“We have just little to go till the moment we build the budget. I want it to be the result of a vision, of goals assumed to the interest of the entire society and of the observance of the commitments undertaken by the entire political class, and not of election-driven calculations or partisan interests. The practice of directing resources to the state budget to influence the electoral process has no place in a strong democracy. Quitting such an approach would be exactly the expression of responsible acting,” Klaus Iohannis said on Monday at the ceremony for the celebration of 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta.

Also attending the event at the Central University Library were Lower House Speaker Valeriu Zgonea and president of the Constitutional Court of Romania Augustin Zegrean.

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