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Constitutional Court of Romania notifies Venice Commission regarding ‘virulent’ attacks against it. Tudorel Toader: Such attacks on CCR are absolutely inadmissible in rule of law

The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) announced on Tuesday that it had notified the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Venice Commission and the President of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts in connection with the virulent attacks against the CCR, through which certain representatives of some public authorities and parliamentary parties have discredited and delegitimized the authority of the institution.

“The plenum of the Constitutional Court of Romania on Tuesday voted unanimously, in the presence of all its members, notifying the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) and the President of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts in connection with the virulent attacks launched against the Constitutional Court, through which certain representatives of some public authorities and parliamentary parties have discredited and delegitimized the authority of this fundamental institution of the state – the guarantor of the supremacy of the Constitution – questioning the binding nature of its decisions, with urges addressed to the population and the president of the state not to observe and not to implement the Constitutional Court’s Decision No. 538 of May 30, regarding the request for the settlement of the legal conflict of a constitutional nature between the Minister of Justice on the one hand and the President of Romania on the other hand, and between the Romanian Government and the President of Romania in subsidiary, request formulated by the Government’s Prime Minister,” reads a CCR release issued on Tuesday.

The quoted source states that the Constitutional Court’s plenum considered that “these actions are likely to endanger democracy, the rule of law and the functioning of constitutional justice.”

 

Tudorel Toader: Such attacks on CCR are absolutely inadmissible in rule of law

 

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated on Tuesday, for MEDIAFAX, that the attacks on the Constitutional Court are inadmissible in the rule of law, against the backdrop of the CCR decision to notify European bodies about the attacks that have targeted the institution after it issued a decision that concerns Kovesi.

“Such attacks on the CCR are absolutely inadmissible in the rule of law,” Minister Tudorel Toader told MEDIAFAX against the backdrop of the Constitutional Court’s decision to notify European bodies about the attacks levelled against the institution after it issued a decision that concerns Laura Codruta Kovesi.

 

Calin Popescu Tariceanu following CCR decision to notify European bodies: Incitement to non-observance of CCR decisions means disputing democracy

 

Referring to the CCR decision to notify European bodies about the attacks the institution is being subjected to, Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu told MEDIAFAX that questioning the Court’s decisions means disputing democracy.

“The attacks against the Constitutional Court are grave things, not the confusion sought, namely that the judicial laws or the CCR decision would affect the independence of prosecutors. Because when we talk about the independence of prosecutors, some make a confusion in order to induce the impression, in the public opinion, that the minister’s authority – explicitly mentioned in the Constitution – and its observance would affect the activity of prosecutors. In fact, the minister respects their independence through the interdiction to enter the dossiers they handle, and nothing has changed in this regard. But when there are statements that question the CCR decisions, when there are calls and incitement to disregard the Court’s decisions, regardless of their source, whether on the part of some authorities or of the Opposition, these things take a form that has to do with disputing democracy and the rules of the rule of law. As happens in no other European and democratic country,” Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated.

 

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