Justice Minister Tudorel Toader pointed out on Wednesday that the Government is the one to authorise the publishing of the GRECO report, not the ministry he leads, emphasising that he has signed the memorandum asking for the authorising of this action.
“The Government, not the Justice Minister, authorises the publishing of the GRECO Report! During the plenary meeting on 19-23 March 2018, GRECO adopted the ad-hoc report on Romania, on the grounds of the procedure stipulated by Rule no.34 of GRECO’s procedural regulations. Its topic was the modifications brought to the judicial laws. Romanian authorities received the report on 28 March 2018. The report will be translated in Romanian and forwarded to the Government, for it to authorise its publishing. According to Rule no.34, paragraph 3, and Rule no.35 of GRECO’s procedural regulations, the information included in the reports is confidential until the date of its publishing. We point out the fact that, so far, the publishing of all assessment and conformity reports that GRECO has adopted in regard to Romania has been authorised. In this context, I have signed the Memorandum addressed to the Government, asking that the publishing of the report be authorised,” Justice Minister Tudorel Toader pointed out on Facebook.
The explanations come after the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO), a Council of Europe body, adopted a new report on the judicial reforms in Romania, during its plenary meeting on March 19-23, and encouraged Romanian authorities to authorise the publishing of the report as quickly as possible.
GRECO announced that the institution’s president has received instructions to inform Romanian authorities about the conclusions of the report (Greco-AdHocRep(2018)2), and the head of the Romanian delegation was asked to present a written address regarding the status of the judicial reforms, during GRECO’s next plenary meeting (18-22 June 2018), the European institution’s website shows.
At the same time, GRECO invited the authorities to authorise, as soon as possible, the publishing of the recently adopted report. A delegation of the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) visited Romania on February 21-22.
In a report adopted in December 2017, GRECO pointed out that Romania’s current performances in what concerns the implementation of its recommendations in the field of preventing corruption among members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors are “generally unsatisfactory.”
PNL: Toader should publish GRECO report on judicial laws. We ask the EPP to notify the Venice Commission
The National Liberal Party (PNL) is asking Justice Minister Tudorel Toader to urgently publish the GRECO report on the judicial laws, Senator Alina Gorghiu stated on Wednesday, pointing out that the Liberals will ask the Parliamentary Assembly and the EPP to notify the Venice Commission about the judicial laws.
“The GRECO report on the topic of the judicial laws in Romania and Poland was drafted last week, based on the ad-hoc assessment procedure. (…) It’s a fairly grave report for Romania, for Parliament. (…) What happened to this report in Romania, unlike in Poland? It is sitting in Mr Toader’s drawer at the Justice Ministry. The procedure says the following: for this report to become public, so that each Romanian citizen can be informed about the criticism levelled against the judicial laws in this report, Romania, through its relevant ministry, must give its acceptance and publish the report. Thus, today, we’ve decided within the Executive Bureau and we’ve already sent a formal address to the ministry, asking for the urgent publishing of the report,” PNL Senator Alina Gorghiu stated.
Alina Gorghiu also stated that the report is official, “not a love letter.”
“I suspect Mr Toader has something to hide if the report is not urgently published. (…) We demand the urgent publishing of this report. (…) It’s a public report, for any citizen, it’s not a dispatch, a love letter between Mr Toader and who knows what member of GRECO. It’s an institutional issue that pertains to the proper functioning of the Romanian judicial system and to cooperation between institutions,” Gorghiu said.
The Liberal members of the Judiciary Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will ask the Parliamentary Assembly and the EPP to notify the Venice Commission about the judicial laws, reminding that there is already a precedent in the case of the law amending Ordinance no.26/2000, Alina Gorghiu pointed out.