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Parliament justice law committee head, invited to Venice Commission meeting

The head of the special committee on justice laws, Florin Iordache, said he would participate next week in the plenary meeting of the Venice Commission, to express a point of view in respect to the modifications to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code.

“On Friday and Saturday there is the general assembly of the Venice Commission for October. I am invited to present a point of view on the preliminary report aimed at the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code. You know they visited us in summer and met with the professional associations, the Justice Ministry, the Prosecutor’s Office, Parliament, etc. I will voice an opinion taking into account that, at the moment, the Constitutional Court has pronounced about the Criminal Procedure Code, and part of the articles have been declared constitutional, others unconstitutional, and we are putting them in agreement. I hope that by next week they also pronounce on the Criminal Code”, Florin Iordache told Agerpres on Sunday.

The European Commission for Democracy through Law, called the Venice Commission, has, on the 19 October plenary meeting agenda, regarding Romania, the adoption of an opinion about the amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, a Council of Europe release announced on Saturday.

The Government will meet on Monday having on the agenda the adoption  of the  Emergency Ordinance on the three laws on justice to harmonize them with the remarks of the Venice Commission.

Victor Ponta: When everything is decided by night by a single person, the results are wrong and then they are fixed through emergency ordinances that repair some things and ruin other things

Former Prime Minister Victor Ponta wrote on Sunday on Facebook that the government cannot be successful if it is not serious, professional and consistent. Ponta says that instead of measuring for seven times and cutting just once, the Government and the parliamentary majority were hurried to adopt “all the kind of laws and ordinances which they amend and review constantly”.  “When everything is decided by nigh by a single person, the results are wrong and then they are fixed through emergency ordinances that repair some things and ruin other things”, Victor Ponta says. According to him, the laws on justice were given for certain politicians.

“The government cannot be successful if it is not serious, professional and consistent! Instead of Measuring for 7 times and cutting just once, the Government sin 2017 and the parliamentary majority were hurried to adopt al the kind of laws and ordinances which they amend and review constantly! When everything is decided by nigh by a single person, the results are wrong and then they are fixed through emergency ordinances that repair some things and ruin other things. Everything indicates a chaotic and unproductive work that affect us all! The “Work for Nothing” Cooperative”, Victor Ponta wrote on Facebook, on Sunday.

According to him, the Pay Law “was forcedly imposed in the parliament, and since then, it is constantly amended through emergency ordinances, without being possible to be properly applied”.

Same with “the tax revolution”/the law on exploiting the offshore resources in the Black Sea was adopted and amended for 4 times/ the pensioners’ situation was wrongly amended through ordinances and nor the draft pension law goes on the same wrong way/ next is the ordinance amending the laws on justice – by night, being criticized by everybody and ruining more than it fixes”, Ponta added.

The former PM says that since 2017, “those who govern and those who support them spoke only about the “Laws on Justice” (leaving behind the real priorities of a good governing: health, education, infrastructure investments, etc)”.

“After many disputes and accusations, at the end of the last year, these laws were adopted by the Parliament. They were challenged to CCR, voted and debated again and finally promulgated by the President. Now, we find out that an emergency ordinance will amend them! Couldn’t you make them good from the beginning, without being needed to amend them now? Couldn’t you listen to the specialists and those working in the judiciary (magistrates, lawyers and non-governmental organizations)? Couldn’t you wait for the Venice Commission’s opinion? Who guarantees that the current ordinance fixes everything without ruining other things, if you don’t give enough time to be analyzed and debated?”, Victor Ponta also said.

He appreciates that “things were wrongly done from the beginning”.

“No one was interested to amend the laws for the litigant citizens’ sake and for the functioning of the judiciary in better conditions. The idea was to help certain politicians who have problems with the law to square accounts with somebody and make a demagogic noise on TV – and you can see the result”, Ponta added in his message, appreciating that “What is happening today must stop as soon as possible”.

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