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October 7, 2022

JusMin Toader, in favour of parliamentary debate on Codes: Many times laws are rashly adopted

Tens of articles have been declared unconstitutional when the Criminal Codes were adopted by the Government assuming responsibility or were modified through emergency ordinances, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader told a press conference in Suceava on Saturday.

“I personally find that there is a great concern with the social developments, even with the law-making process. I find that, many times, laws are rashly adopted – for instance when the Codes, fundamental laws, were adopted under the procedure of the Government assuming responsibility or fundamentally modified through an emergency ordinance. (…) The criminal law is the most severe law. It is the barrier beyond which one cannot pass, because, if you do, willingly or unwillingly, premeditatedly or out of negligence, the author supports the sanction of the criminal law – the sentence, which is the most severe. If those Codes, which have the greatest intrusion in the private life, with the biggest sanctions… the Constitutional Court has subsequently declared tens of articles unconstitutional, then we go back to the balance between the measure taken, the procedure covered and the protected value,” Toader said.

He avoided to make a statement about a possible support from him for the Government’s responsibility assumption or some emergency ordinances for the modification of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, in the context of the statements made on Friday evening by Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea, referring to the fact that parliamentary procedures are slow, the demarches of the ruling coalition are blocked by challenges, and the approach of having a debate in Parliament has been a mistaken one.

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