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January 16, 2021

National Conference “Strengthening the integrity of the judiciary”

Friday, 27th of November in Aula of the National Institute of Magistracy is going to take place the National Conference for presenting the conclusions of the project “Strengthening the integrity of the judiciary”, event designed to present the measures proposed by Romanian and Dutch experts ensuring the integrity of the judiciary in Romania.

The project is conducted in cooperation with the Netherlands Council for the Judiciary, with support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bucharest, a press release of the Superior Council of Magistracy informs.

The project is aimed at forming an integrated professional body in the Romanian judiciary and at creating effective mechanisms to prevent conducts and actions that may affect professional ethics and deontology. At the national level, although the legislation provides benchmarks and standards of integrity of the judicial system, there is no functional system of prevention in this field.

In this context, since 2014, the Superior Council of Magistracy from Romania, in partnership with the Judicial Council of the Netherlands, has developed the cooperation project “Strengthening the Integrity of the Romanian judicial system”, bringing together Romanian and Dutch experts in order to share the good practice and identify the most effective means of strengthening the integrity of the judiciary and of the magistrates from these two countries.

The overall objective of the project is to develop a relevant document on the personal conduct of the judicial system, which would encompass unitary, uniform and predictable rules on the integrity of the courts, prosecution offices and the Superior Council of Magistracy, as well as for establishing a Council for Integrity and Network counsels of integrity.

Given that in Romania the current regulation on integrity, ethics and professional deontology is oriented towards sanctions, the project experts have paid special attention to the necessity of building and implementing a functional system of prevention in this field, as an essential component of a profession especially targeted to satisfy a public service, that of ensuring an independent and impartial judicial process.

The first part of the event is allocated to introductory speeches supported by high-level representatives of the judiciary and representatives of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Romania, being open to media representatives.

In the second part of the conference there will presented the experts’ proposals, there will be organized workshops and there will be drawn the final conclusions of the meeting as well as the future steps for the effective implementation of the project.

The following web page has been created within the Project Strengthening the integrity of the judiciary http://integritate.ifep.ro/, for information on the Network of integrity councillors, jurisprudence and legislation in the field of integrity.

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