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President Iohannis decides to notify CCR on GEO for the modification of the Criminal Codes

President Klaus Iohannis announced on Thursday that he will notify the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) about the GEO on the modification of the Criminal Codes.

“In respect to the GEO, I decided to notify the CCR,” the head of state said.

He showed that the notification is aimed at the juridical conflict of a constitutional nature between the Government, on the one side, and the Justice system and Parliament, on the other side.

President Iohannis pointed out that the notification has been sent to the CCR.


“I request Interior Minister and Gendarmerie to explain why they allowed violence at protest”


President Klaus Iohannis requests Interior Minister Carmen Dan and the Romanian Gendarmerie to explain why “violent elements were allowed to disrupt a peaceful demonstration.”

“I request the Interior Minister and the Gendarmerie very clear clarifications (…) into why violent elements were allowed to disrupt a peaceful demonstration,” Iohannis stated at the Cotroceni Palace.

He declared he was unsatisfied with the manner in which the Interior Affairs Ministry (MAI) and the Romanian Gendarmerie took action regarding the “violent protesters” groups.

“Last night massive demonstrations and protests took place in all the country. I am very impressed by the scale of these demonstrations and by the fact that Romanians understood very well what it is about with this GEO which amends the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code and they pointed out very clearly what they want: a rule of law. These demonstrations were eminently peaceful, Romanians gathered in large numbers and stated their grievances, this happened until 10:00 hrs (22:00 hrs – e.n.), when a group, groups – we will know this later – of protesters entered the Victoria Square and disrupted the demonstration. It was obvious for whoever followed how the events unfolded, that Romanians protested in a very large number, peacefully, stating very clearly what they want. It was just as obvious that these violent protesters, not to say something else, came with the purpose of ruining the demonstration in the Victoria Square. The manner in which the MAI didn’t handle the situation and the way in which the gendarmes took action towards these groups of instigators is deeply unsatisfying,” the head of state mentioned.

According to him, the law enforcement bodies had all the necessary information in regards to these groups.

“At the MAI it was known exactly when, where and what groups were preparing to “break” the demonstration in the Victoria Square. Instead of isolating them in the place they gathered, and it was known where they gathered, they let them walk freely to blend among the peaceful protesters, therefore endangering not just the demonstration, but the health and even the life of common Romanians, who went there to peacefully protest,” Iohannis stated.

The head of state believes it’s very serious the fact that the Interior Minister only appeared on television and stated that she didn’t know anything about these incidents.

“It’s even worse if she didn’t know. That means she doesn’t lead a ministry, but only stays there. This is inadmissible,” Iohannis added.


 “Solutions to crisis must come from politicians; I’ll invite them next week to Cotroceni”


President Klaus Iohannis said also that the solutions to the current crisis must come from politicians, showing that next week he will invite “more people to discussions” at the Cotroceni Palace.

“I will certainly invite more people for discussions, but as only yesterday I wrote to the Prime Minister and maybe he was busy, we don’t know what with, as no one saw him, but I want to give him the chance to reflect on what I have written him there for a day or two. I don’t want him to give me a rushed answer, same as last time, because it is of no use to anyone, certainly not to him, and then I will have to invite people to Cotroceni to find a solution to this crisis, because otherwise things get more serious and the street can protest, Romanians say their discontents, but solutions cannot come from the street, solutions must come from politicians, I will certainly invite them next week to present me their solutions, but this is a subsequent stage,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Palace, when asked if he was planning on having a discussion with Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu.

He pointed out that Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu didn’t answer the letter by which he requested him to repeal GEO on Criminal Codes amendment.

“He didn’t reply and I don’t know where he is, as he hasn’t been seen much lately,” the head of state said.

President Klaus Iohannis sent Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu a letter on Wednesday asking the latter to repeal the GEO for the modification of the Criminal Codes, the Presidential Administration announced.


Message  to Gov’t: Get your hands off of DNA!


” Get your hands off of DNA!” was the message President Klaus Iohannis sent to government members on Thursday, in the context of the information on a possible re-organisation of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) and the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT).

“I am telling you a very clear thing, and mostly to government members: Get your hands off of DNA!,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Palace.

However, prior to Iohannis’s statement, the Justice Ministry has pointed out in a press release that it does not have in view the re-organisation of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) and the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terorism (DIICOT).

The MJ clarification comes following some pieces of information circulated in the public area on issuing a possible ordinance aimed at re-organising the DNA and the DIICOT.

“The Justice points out that it does not have in view the re-organisation of the National Anticorruption Directorate and the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terorism, and denies all pieces of information recently circulated in the public area on this topic,” an MJ release on Thursday informs.

Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar said on Thursday, at the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) headquarters, that a possible adoption of an emergency ordinance for the merger of DNA and DIICOT would represent “a fundamental error.”

In his opinion such a measure would be neither urgent nor necessary, and pointed out that any decisions on the re-organisation of the judicial system cannot be made without the previous consultation of the institutions in the area.

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