JUSTICE POLITICS

JusMin Toader: Justice package amendment bill to be presented on Aug. 23, substantive changes put forward

The bill amending the Justice package will be publicly released on August 23, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced on his Facebook page on Wednesday morning.

“The bill amending the Justice package will be publicly released on August 23, 2017 at the seat of the Ministry of Justice, at 11:00 hrs. It proposes a set of substantive, not merely formal changes!” Tudorel Toader wrote.

The Justice Minister’s announcement comes after Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said in an interview for AGERPRES that no deadline is set for finalizing the Justice package.

“Mr. Toader was in Brussels, he is now back. A new series of consultations will be held, following his visit to Brussels, with the relevant authorities in the country. (…) [The package] will be done when it’s done. We don’t have a deadline for it,” the Premier said.

Chairman of the Social Democratic Party Liviu Dragnea too said on Tuesday that Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader must present by the end of August the law package on Justice, mentioning that his demand of the JusMin is to guide himself by “common sense and what comes natural,” so that the act of justice is more effective and the justices are better protected.

“I have publicly encouraged Minister Tudorel Toader, I told him: use this summer to think [the Justice laws] through the way you deem fit, use this summer to take counsel with as many as possible people who are good with words and who know how to get the message through both from within and from the outside. Talk to institutions, embassies, specialists, mount a transparent action, and, towards the end of August, introduce the package. Parliament is in recess (…) Myself, and all of us are interested that Toader analyses the matter more thoroughly and comes up with what we, Romanians are all interested in. The magistrates’ accountability must be clarified, but at the same time the system must be thus conceived that judges no longer feel threatened and pressurized,” Dragnea said at private TV broadcaster Antena 3.

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