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October 23, 2020

Toader: Next week I’ll present Gov’t with bill amending Codes and we’ll send it to Parliament for debate

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated on Tuesday that next week he will send to Parliament the bill amending the four Codes – the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code, the Civil Code and the Civil Procedure Code – after he presents it within the Government.

“Scheduled and announced on the website, for Monday the 15th, is the second debate, with professional legal experts, on the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code, on setting them in line with Constitutional Court decisions, on transposing the directive concerning extended confiscation, on transposing the directive concerning the protection of victims of crimes. Hence, the second debate; after which, next week, I’ll present the bill within the Government and we’ll send it to Parliament for debate,” the Justice Minister stated at the Palace of Parliament.

Likewise, Tudorel Toader pointed out that work is being done on the package of three laws that concern the judiciary, namely the law on the status of judges and prosecutors, the law on judiciary organisation and the law on the Supreme Magistracy Council.

“At this moment, we are working on the package of laws on the judiciary – the three laws,” the Justice Minister pointed out, adding that the package will most likely end up in Parliament two weeks from now.


Justice Minister on pardon bill: Everyone has prerogative limits they must exercise based on loyalty toward constitutional values


Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated on Tuesday, at the Palace of Parliament, referring to the amendments brought in Parliament to the pardon bill, amendments that were subsequently repealed, that everyone has prerogative limits that must be exercised based on a general principle called loyalty toward constitutional values, reaffirming his support for the initial form of the bill, as tabled by the Government.

“I wouldn’t say whether they [the amendments] were necessary or not, because, as Justice Minister, where I have prerogatives, I initiate bills at ministry level, issue reports on the other bills. Everyone has some prerogative limits that they must exercise based on a general principle that is called loyalty toward constitutional values. Don’t ask me what others are doing,” the Justice Minister said.

Referring to the public accusations according to which the pardon bill would favour certain political leaders in the form tabled by the Government, Toader said that those making these statements must also present arguments to support them.

“There is a general principle: the one who makes a statement must also substantiate it, argue it. I don’t know who made the statement you are repeating. Ask the author of the statement,” the Justice Minister said.

He reaffirmed that the Justice Ministry “endorses the initial form of the pardon bill, which features low punishment caps and does not include corruption crimes.”

The Senate’s plenum decided on Monday, with a majority of votes, to send the pardon bill back to the Judiciary Committee, in order for the latter to adopt it in the form that the Government tabled on January 31. PSD and ALDE voted in favour of the decision (61 votes), while PNL and USR voted against it (41 votes). PNL and USR also asked for the bill to be debated and rejected.

The proposal to send the bill back to the Judiciary Committee came from ALDE group leader Ionut Sibinescu, without the latter substantiating his proposal.

ALDE’s request was also backed by PSD, through its group leader Serban Nicolae.


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