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April 10, 2021

Orban: PNL MPs will ask CCR to notify Venice Commission about judicial laws

The parliamentary groups of the National Liberal Party (PNL) will ask the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) to ask the Venice Commission for a point of view on the unconstitutionality complaints lodged by PNL and the High Court of Justice (ICCJ) against the judicial laws, PNL chairman Ludovic Orban stated on Monday.

“We took the decision to ask the Constitutional Court, via the parliamentary groups, to use the possibility it has, which was used before, in 2012, to ask the Venice Commission for a point of view on the unconstitutionality complaints lodged by PNL and the ICCJ,” PNL President Ludovic Orban stated at the end of the party’s Executive Bureau meeting.

In what concerns the civic organisations’ request, Ludovic Orban stated that President Klaus Iohannis can notify the Venice Commission only if the period in which he receives the said laws for promulgation corresponds with the period of the plenary sessions of the Venice Commission.

“We know very clearly that the last session was in December and the next one will take place in April. The President has a constitutional constraint which means that within 30 days of receiving the bill that he should promulgate he must decide whether to send it back for parliamentary debate or promulgate it. Hence, this request cannot be implemented,” the PNL leader said.

The CCR could not be accused of delaying the adoption of legislative acts if it notifies the Venice Commission, Orban said, stating that society expects the judicial laws to be “good laws.”

“I don’t believe (that the decision on the judicial bills would be delayed – editor’s note). I don’t believe the CCR can be accused of delaying the adoption of legislative acts for which there is no haste in society. There is on the part of some politicians from the ruling majority the haste to adopt some stipulations that would help them out with their own legal situations, but I’m convinced that on the part of society there is an expectation for these laws to be good laws that would allow the judiciary to render justice in society (…) and without any pressure, not from political factors, nor from more or less visible forces,” Orban said.


Iordache on criticism from Iohannis: It comes from those who informed or misinformed him


Former Justice Minister Florin Iordache, chairman of the special committee handling the amending of the judicial laws, stated on Monday, referring to the criticism levelled by President Klaus Iohannis against the procedure used to carry out the amendments, that the Head of State was misinformed.

“If you took part in all the debates and more visibility than the press taking part in it, what do you want me to tell you? Those who informed or misinformed him, that’s where [the criticism comes from]. We are waiting for the Court’s decision,” Florin Iordache stated before PSD’s Executive Committee meeting.

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