The National Liberal Party (PNL) announced on Wednesday that it sent a letter to House Speaker Liviu Dragnea, asking him to notify the Venice Commission about the amending of the judicial laws and to suspend the debates of the special committee that amended the said laws until the Venice Commission’s point of view arrives.
“The PNL parliamentary group is hereby asking you to ask the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) for an opinion on the proposed amendments to laws no.303/2004, no.304/2004 and no.317/2004,” reads the Liberals’ letter.
PNL is asking Liviu Dragnea to ask for the Venice Commission’s point of view on the amendments brought to the judicial laws, stating that the recommendation is also included in the latest Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification (MCV) Report of the European Commission.
“In support of our request, we mention the recommendation included in the latest Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification Report of the European Commission, as well as the public positions recently expressed by European Commission officials in this sense. Likewise, the magistrates’ professional associations expressed themselves in favour of requesting a point of view from the Venice Commission,” the letter reads.
Likewise, they demand that the debates of the special committee that modified the said laws be suspended until a point of view is received from the Venice Commission.
“Until a point of view is received from the Venice Commission, we ask you to suspend the debates of the House and Senate joint special committee tasked with ensuring, systematising and unifying legislative stability in the Justice domain in what regards the proposed amending of laws 303/2004, 304/2004, 317/2004, laws that are in a procedure of re-examination as a result of the CCR [Constitutional Court of Romania] decision,” they explain.
Chaired by Florin Iordache, the special committee that amended the three judicial laws – law no.303/2004 on the statute of judges and prosecutors, law no.304/2004 on the judicial system, and law no.317/2004 on the functioning of the Supreme Magistracy Council (CSM) – is due to restart its activity next week, political sources told News.ro.
Florin Iordache, chairman of the special committee, stated last Thursday, after the visit that European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans paid to Parliament, that the judicial laws will be set in line with the CCR decisions, so that the latest observations included in the MCV would be resolved and the Mechanism would be closed. Iordache said that the special committee took into account the Venice Commission’s opinions. Nevertheless, he stated that the Commission’s point of view was not requested but the question of whether to do so will be discussed.