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JusMin Toader: Constitutional loyalty excludes any action or inaction likely to affect activity of a parliamentary committee

Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader, in the context of discussions triggered by the National Anti-corruption Directorate chief Laura Codruta Kovesi’s failure to show up at the hearings of the parliamentary committee of inquiry into the presidential elections of 2009, said that constitutional loyalty excludes any such action or inaction likely to interfere with the activity of a parliamentary committee.

“Constitutional loyalty, which translates through someone’s observance of the constitutional rules, principles and values, excludes any such action or inaction that is likely to interfere with the activity of a parliamentary committee!”, Tudorel Toader wrote on Facebook on Monday.

On August 4, Tudorel Toader sent a letter to the parliamentary committee of inquiry into the presidential elections of 2009, saying that he will take an official stand regarding the DNA chief’s failure to come up to the hearings, as soon as the deadline for her written response expires and also reminded that he asked the Judiciary Inspection to check into the managerial efficiency at DNA.

 

Toader on his statement about parliamentary committee: I’ve made a statement; I didn’t refer to anyone in particular

 

Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader on Monday stated, in relation to his earlier comment that constitutional loyalty excludes any such action or inaction likely to interfere with the activity of a parliamentary committee, that it was just a statement of principles and that he didn’t have anyone in particular in mind.

“I’ve made a statement, a statement of principles. A statement in which, in part, I have elaborated on the content of the principle of constitutional loyalty, a principle that means respect of the constitutional values, a principles that derives from the exigencies and rules of the fundamental law. Based on this principle and considering that this was a pretty recent discussion, the one I had about the parliamentary committee, I’ve made another statement of principles. One should not forget that the rules of organization and functioning of a parliamentary committee require also a previous control for constitutionality. The Constitutional Court said that the rules observe the exigencies of the Constitution. Thus, constitutional loyalty is a generally applicable rule for any guest or invoked person, a person who can not interfere with the activity of the committee. I didn’t refer to anyone in particular by this. This is valid for anyone, regardless of the rank, office held and dignity,” explained Tudorel Toader, at the Ministry of Justice headquarters.

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