The bill on the modification of the Justice Laws is about to be presented before the Government after the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) issues its advisory opinion, Minister Tudorel Toader said in the beginning of Wednesday’s Government meeting,
“As soon as we have the CSM opinion, we are reviewing the modifications and we are going to present the bill before the Government and then submit it for your approval; after which, if approved, the bill will follow the normal course of a legislative procedure in Parliament,” said Toader, after he was asked by prime Minister Mihai Tudose about the stage of the law package on Justice.
Moreover, Tudorel Toader stated that the bill on the modification of the Justice laws’ package will be on the CSM table on Wednesday.
“We are waiting for the CSM advisory opinion. (…) There is an ample debate going on in the public area related to this law package on Justice. CSM is expected to provide an advisory opinion; CSM, which has a department of prosecutors/judges. And the favorable opinions will not be given neither by the prosecutors separately, nor by the judges separately, but by the plenary sitting of the body, with modifications and so on (…) to the bill on the modification of the Justice laws, the three laws,” said Toader.
Roadmap for meeting ECHR criteria on penitentiaries to be presented before Gov’t next week
Minister of Justice, Tudorel Toader, announced that next week he will present before the Government the roadmap for meeting the criteria established in the pilot decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) with respect to Romanian penitentiaries.
“We are going to present the roadmap for meeting the criteria established in the pilot judgment of the ECHR next week; besides the measures related to the conditions of detention in penitentiaries (…) we will also bring the legislative proposals to be submitted to Parliament for approval, so that the conditions of detention, on the one hand, and the legislative measures, on the other hand, continue what we can call the downward trend in terms of the dynamics of the population in penitentiaries, while knowing the fact that, as of the autumn of 2015 until now, the number of those held in penitentiaries, of the detainees, dropped by 1,500,” said Toader, in the beginning of Wednesday’s government meeting.
According to the Minister of Justice, if this trend “meets” the other measures meant for improving the conditions and the legislative measures, Romania is close to meeting the requirements established in the pilot judgment of the ECHR.
Moreover, Tudorel Toader specified that there are three categories of measures taken into account with respect to the penitentiaries.
“In respect to penitentiaries, there are three large categories of measures taken into account: building two penitentiaries – one in Berceni (a neighborhood in the Capital City Bucharest), we are going to submit the bill for Parliament’s approval today, so that we will be able to acquire the feasibility study and initiate the normal procedure, the legal procedure; secondly, we have a rigorous situation of penitentiaries that can be extended with new pavilions; and, third of all, we have the situation of penitentiaries and we will see which one of the 44 penitentiaries in Romania can be modernized,” said Toader.
PM Tudose: Increase of wages in penitentiary system discussed at Gov’t sitting on Wednesday
The draft of the normative act on increasing wages of employees of the penitentiary system was discusses at the government sitting on Wednesday, announced Prime Minister Mihai Tudose.
The Prime Minister mentioned that the necessary steps for preparing this bill were the reason behind the postponement of the Executive sitting from 2 pm to 3:30 pm.
“This is a promise that we made together, Mr Minister and I, three weeks ago, as I recall, to the employees of the penitentiaries, that in August we will solve this problem,” said Tudose, in the beginning of the government sitting.
In his turn, the Justice Minister, Tudorel Toader, said that all the approvals for this project have already been obtained.
“The Law No. 152/2017 is approved and we have the Ordinance No. 99/2016 on the increase in wages for civil servants with special status working in the public order or national safety category. The civil servants with special status working in penitentiaries belong to this category were not subject to the said Ordinance. A gap in wages resulted from here, among employees belonging to the same category, to the same occupational family. The emergency ordinance draft has two paragraphs and stipulates that, within the 10 percent limit specified in the previous ordinance, the wage increase shall also be applied to civil servants with special status working in penitentiaries,” Toader said.