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Ambassador Kevin Hamilton in Iasi: Canada, as many other international partners, is preoccupied and has the same concern that many protesters have regarding the Justice reform

The Canadian Ambassador in Romania, Kevin Hamilton, stated on Tuesday in Iasi that his country, together with other international partners, is worried about the changes to the Laws on Justice, saying that he “fully” understands the grievances of the people who are going out in the street. The Canadian diplomat met Mayor Mihai Chirica on Tuesday, at the Iasi City Hall, stating later to the journalists that the fact that people are going out in the street, protesting peacefully, indicate that Romania has a strong democracy.

“Canada, as many other international partners, is preoccupied and has the same concern that many protesters have regarding the Justice reform and the package of laws that is debated in Parliament. Since 2007 until today, Romania has made remarkable progresses in the fight against corruption and in the establishment of the independence in this field. Many parts of the abovementioned package of laws seem to reverse this process. This is why we fully understand the protesters’ grievances” said the Canadian Ambassador Kevin Hamilton.

As for the changes to the Tax Code that have been recently adopted by the Government, the Canadian diplomat said that investors don’t like sudden changes.

“Regarding the recent fiscal measures, I can say that our main concern is to provide security and predictability on the economic market. Investors don’t like sudden changes, corruption and signals which could indicate that the proper governance is in danger” the Canadian Ambassador in Romania stated.

In his turn, the Iasi Mayor Mihai Chirica said that he is confident that the Canadian investors will come to Iasi to open businesses in the region.

“I believe we can strengthen the economic relationships. Canada is present in Iasi with companies counting a total of 800-1,000 employees. Perhaps this not much, but it’s important that it is here. We have, of course, a perspective in this respect, and I am sure that Canada, as well as other countries in the European Union and America, can contribute to the economic growth of Iasi”, Mayor Mihai Chirica stated.

His Excellency Kevin Hamilton also wrote a message in the condolence book located in the central hall of the Iasi City Hall, available to all those who wish to pay a last tribute to His Majesty King Mihai I of Romania.

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