Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated on Friday at Iasi that he is convinced that the report of the evaluation mission of the European Commission will register an evolution regarding the fulfillment of the 12 recommendations included by the Cooperation and Verification mechanism (CVM), and that he hopes that it will be removed until 2019.
Minister Tudorel Toader participated on Friday, at Iasi, in the conference called “The Risk of Malpractice in the Medical Act”, organized by the Iasi University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMF). He was asked later by the journalists what are Romania’s chances to be released of CVM.
“I am convinced that the report (of the evaluation mission of the European Commission – e.n.) will register an evolution regarding the fulfillment of the 12 recommendations. I am convinced that the direction of action under this Strategic Management Council is to fulfill the requirements, the recommendations” stated the Justice Minister.
He said that he had a discussion, at the beginning of this week, with the representatives of the evaluation mission of the European Commission within the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, stating that “the discussions were punctual, and they involved different positions related to certain issues”.
“My personal opinion about the findings of the commission is that the direction is to fulfill the CVM recommendations. I am optimistic regarding the final conclusion” stated Minister Tudorel Toader.
The Justice Minister also said that he hopes that “in 2019, when Romania will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union, CVM will be removed”.
Tudorel Toader stated that he would wish CVM to be removed even tomorrow, but this is “a political decision taken by the Commission, which must be grounded on an objective finding that these recommendations are fulfilled”.
“Item by item, each of the 12 recommendations are largely fulfilled. For example, I wrote in April to the presidents of all the courts in Romania, regardless of their rank – District Court, Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, to send us the decisions involving the extended special seizure. Until today, in several months, we received the copy of the decisions from 44 percent of the courts, to know exactly not only what decisions have been ruled, but also what we have to enforce, either through ANAF, or through the National Agency for the Administration of the Immobilized Assets (ANABI). Making a comparison, we didn’t have such a statistics previously, regarding the decisions to be enforced” Tudorel Toader mentioned.
As for the codes of conduct, the Justice Minister also said that the one for the ministers has been already approved by the Government, and the one related to the conduct of the parliamentarians was approved by the legal committees and it will be adopted in a joint session of the Parliament.
“There have been several tensions, several problems within the Judicial Inspection. Necessary checks will be made”
Justice Minister Tudorel Toader also stated on Friday at Iasi that “there have been several tensions, several problems within the Judicial inspection”, but checks will be made and things “will be clarified in a balanced, normal solution”.
“I remain concerned and I will exercise my legal prerogatives starting from the constitutional principle according to which prosecutors conduct their activity under the authority of the Justice Ministry. It’s true that there have been several tensions, several problems lately within the Judicial Inspection, within the Public Ministry in general, but especially regarding the relationship between Judicial Inspection and the Public Ministry, through its components, its departments” stated Justice Minister Tudorel Toader.
He mentioned that “necessary checks will be made, and things will be clarified in a balanced, normal solution, like in a puzzle”.
“In a state of law in which what the will of X or Y, or the desire of X or Y, do not prevail, those who prevail are the fundamental values that are specific to the rule of law in the unity of the three powers, and separately inside each of the three powers” Toader also said.
He added that “Justice is and must be independent”.
“Justice is and must be independent. Justice has guarantees of independence, which we will consolidate through the bill amending the Laws on Justice. At the same time, we shouldn’t forget one thing, the fact that justice is independent, but it’s in a balance with the other two powers. Let’s not forget that the powers of the state, which are balanced in their turn, also control each other exactly to prevent one of the powers to deviate from the orbit, to break the balance between them. We have for this the Constitutional Court which ensures this balance between the powers of the state” Minister Tudorel Toader also said.