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JusMin Toader says not consulted on possible ordinance to amend criminal codes. Toader, on CVM assessment mission: We are ready, we’ve made a report on progress

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said on Monday he was not consulted on a possible emergency ordinance amending the criminal codes.

“I have been out of Bucharest for four days, five days. No such debate has been done with me. If I am asked, then I will respond and, please, agree that I do not answer hypothetical questions,” Toader said at the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice.

In Suceava on Saturday, Toader avoided commenting on any possible support on his part for the Government taking responsibility or passing emergency ordinances to amend the criminal codes, following statements made on Friday by national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), major at rule, Liviu Dragnea that the parliamentary procedures are cumbersome, the majority coalition’s actions are blocked by challenges, and the way adopted to have a debate in Parliament was wrong.

At the same time, Toader said that dozens of articles were declared unconstitutional when the criminal codes were adopted by the government taking responsibility or amended under emergency ordinances.

He mentioned that on August 18, 2017, the government approved a bill released by the Ministry of Justice for the amendment of the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure to align the provisions of the two codes with the Constitutional Court’s relevant rulings and to transpose to Romania’s legislation of two European directives: a directive on extended powers of confiscation and another on the presumption of innocence.

 

Toader, on CVM assessment mission: We are ready, we’ve made a report on progress

 

Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader said discussions with the representatives of the delegation to carry out an assessment mission in Bucharest within the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) were starting on Monday and that he was prepared with a report on the progresses recorded by our country.

“We had 12 recommendations, each with several objectives and they are coming to … (…) have us present the current status for each. We are prepared, we’ve made a report on the progresses we recorded, an intermediary report, and today we are starting discussions, which will also continue in the following days,” said Toader on Monday, at the headquarters of the Ministry.

He specified he didn’t want to anticipate the result of the talks and he will present the conclusions in the end.

“When this mechanism started, there were three recommendations. The previous governments solved them so well that now we remained with twelve out of three. I believe that a good part of them we already solved, but we will meet and we will present them at the end of the meeting, so I prefer not to anticipate,” said Toader.

The European Commission organizes a new assessment mission of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism over June 25-27 in Bucharest.

“The Commission will organize the next technical assessment mission in Romania over June 25-27 2018. The mission will be led by Mr. Julien Mousnier, the head of the unit that manages the CVM within the General Secretariat of the European Commission,” the Minister of Justice announced on June 6.

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