Justice Minister Tudorel Toader pointed out, on Thursday, that he was informed by phone that the hearing before the Senate, where the Liberals had invited him to offer explanations on the GRECO Report and the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. on May 9.
“Yesterday [Wednesday], at 5.10 p.m., I was informed by phone about the rescheduling of the hearing on the GRECO Report! On the same topic, I confirmed my presence at the hearing scheduled on 09.05.2018, at 10.00 hours!” the Justice Minister wrote on Facebook.
On Wednesday, in a posting on Facebook, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader had confirmed his presence in the Senate, at the “Minister’s Hour,” after the PNL proposed he should offer explanations on the GRECO Report.
“Tomorrow, 3.05.2018, 12.00 hours, at PNL’s invitation, I will take part in the ‘Government’s Hour,’ to answer questions regarding the GRECO Report! In this sense, on 25.04.2018, at 13.01 hours, I received the invitation, confirming my participation on the same day, at 17.07 hours!” the Justice Minister had written on Facebook.
PNL President Ludovic Orban announced on Wednesday that the Liberals are demanding Justice Minister Tudorel Toader’s resignation “for several reasons.”
“Firstly, for tabling, even though not directly but via the Serban Nicolae – Florin Iordache – Eugen Nicolicea anti-judiciary trio, some bills that have so far turned out to be unconstitutional, that have created huge problems for us internationally, and that have put into doubt independence in Romania. We also have a very concrete reason. Likewise, the lamentable overture to dismiss from office the DNA Chief Prosecutor, and the lack of basis for his overture identifies him as a certain candidate to resign and leave this government,” Orban stated.
In his turn, House lawmaker Ioan Cupsa (PNL) announced that two weeks from now the PNL will table a simple motion asking Justice Minister Tudorel Toader to resign.
The Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO), a Council of Europe body, published on Wednesday a report on Romania, document in which it expresses its “deep concern” about certain aspects of the judicial system reforms adopted by the Romanian Parliament.