The Justice law package, the magistrates’ accountability act included, will be ready in two weeks, Premier Sorin Grindeanu told Antena 3 private TV broadcaster on Wednesday.
According to the head of the government, the public debate on the bill on the transposition of the Constitutional Court’s decisions into the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code is also over.
“I think the law package will be referred to the government at the meeting next week (…), a positive relevant opinion will be sent to Parliament,” Grindeanu said.
The head of the government also explained that he had “a longer discussion” with Justice Minister Tudorel Toader on the Justice laws calendar.
“After last week’s government meeting, I had a longer talk with Minister Tudorel Toader, as we attempted to set a calendar for what I consider to be extremely important – but this is not just from my or the government’s point of view – but for everyone,” Grindeanu said.
Regarding the bill on the transposition of the Constitutional Court’s decisions into the Criminal Codes, PM Grindeanu said it was the subject of intense debate with the relevant institutions and that “the opinions of the Supreme Council of Magistrates, the National Anticorruption Directorate, the Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism, the Public Prosecution Office and the magistrates’ associations have been sought. There has been a public debate, with NGOs included.”
The PM also mentioned that back in 2009 the two Codes were amended by the government’s assuming responsibility.
“These Codes have shown their limits. (…) The fact that the Constitutional Court issued dozens of decisions that repealed or requested the reformulation of particular articles or paragraphs in these Codes shows that the absence of parliamentary debate was the reason for things not being properly settled. A host of discussions have been initiated, they are not simple, that’s what Mr. Minister Tudorel Toader told me, and just like him, I too wish we could come up with these proposals, so as to keep the debates on the envisaged changes transparent,” added Grindeanu.
The head of the Executive mentioned that he still trusts the professionalism of the Minister of Justice, and reiterated that each member of his ruling line-up undergoes evaluation.
Liberals’ announced mirror image pay bill welcome, yet they should drop hypocrisy
Premier Sorin Grindeanu on Wednesday told Antena 3 private TV broadcaster that the Liberals’ initiative to table in Parliament a mirror image pay bill, as acting leader of the National Liberal Party Raluca Turcan announced, is welcome, but called on the opposition party to adopt constructive criticism and drop all hypocrisy in this move.
“Mrs. Turcan announced a couple of days ago that the Liberals would table a mirror image bill on the uniform pay. I think this is extraordinary, but I call on my colleagues to be very careful when they debate this law, because usually, whenever an initiative has come from that part of the political spectrum, salaries and pensions have been cut – and we are not talking about a very remote, but about a quite recent past. I understand that there is a chorus of discontent in the opposition and not only them … there is such a chorus voicing constant concern. This is not bad after all. Each time we receive constructive criticism I gladly analyse it and I advise my colleagues to do the same,” Grindeanu said, slamming on the other hand the opposition’s sterile balking at plans to raise the wages of several professional categories, and inviting the Liberals to publicly state that they disagree of these moves, because otherwise their acts prove hypocrisy.
Grindeanu added that opposition representatives should “come up with constructive amendments in Parliament when the law will be discussed, and not just criticize for the sake of criticizing.”
“We wish the Investment Sovereign Fund to put up with 10 billion lei”
The government wishes to gather 10 billion lei for the Investment Sovereign Fund (FSI), on Wednesday night asserted the Romanian Prime Minister, Sorin Grindeanu, at Antena3 private broadcaster.
“We’ll see if it will be possible from the start or things will evolve and we’ll make it on the road,” he added.
The project on the establishment of the FSI will be publicly debated, the premier said, after which it will be lodged to the Parliament.
The head of the Executive asserted that the second quarter of 2017 is a “consolidation” period, after the first quarter was a time when the measures mandatory to be adopted were endorsed.
In this respect, he referred to the Prevention and the Uniform Pay draft laws.
“Chancellor Kern has agreed to uphold Romania’s candidacy at OCDE”
Chancellor Christian Kern has agreed for Austria to uphold Romania’s candidacy at the Organisation for Cooperation and Economic Development (OCDE), announced on Wednesday, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu.
“I asked Chancellor Kern to support our candidateship at OCDE and he agreed. We are candidates at present. It is a battle with other states that wish to accede to this economic organisation and Austria has agreed to back our candidateship,” declared Grindeanu at Antena# private TV broadcaster.
The head of the Executive reminded that he was on a visit to Vienna on Tuesday where he met Chancellor Kern, and they discussed both about the Romanians in Austria as well as about the development of commercial relations between the two countries and about Europe’s future.
“Austria supports and has supported in the past our accession to Schengen (…). From another point of view, I told him what Romania’s Government envisages as priorities as regards Europe’s future, the European project. We consider that strengthening the European project is extremely important, especially following the challenges – one of which is major, the one related to Brexit. History has shown that the 27 countries have been stronger when united rather than separated,” stated Grindeanu.