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October 6, 2022

Klaus Iohannis on GEO on judicial laws: This ordinance is very disquieting

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Thursday, in Brussels, that the Government emergency ordinance amending the judicial laws is very disquieting and that Minister Tudorel Toader came up with the legislative act without a transparent assessment.

“This GEO is very disquieting. There are many things to discuss. For instance, the retirement of magistrates is an issue that I signalled, I asked Parliament for a re-assessment. They did not do it, then the Justice Minister came up without a transparent assessment, changing the articles, but he did not solve the problem, he simply postponed it. New conditions for prosecutors have been introduced overnight. The opinions are being ignored,” Klaus Iohannis stated on Thursday, in Brussels.

The Head of State added that the legislating is not done correctly and that the leaders of the PSD-ALDE coalition do not want to consult foreign partners, which is not a good way to solve the Romanian judiciary’s problems.

“The legislating is not done correctly. People expect the legislating to be done transparently and by taking into account the opinions of the system too. But it’s clear that PSD-ALDE does not want to legislate transparently, to consult the partners. It is not the right path leading to social peace and it will not solve the problems within the judicial system. No law and no GEO are retroactive, but we know that the Ombudsman is being asked to notify the Constitutional Court and I will continue to wait and then I will go into more details,” Iohannis added.


Head of State suggest he disagrees with appointing Adina Florea at DNA: I asked that the legality of this nomination be verified. There is a negative opinion from the CSM

Referring to Adina Florea’s nomination at the helm of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), President Klaus Iohannis stated that he will not allow Romania to backtrack in the fight against corruption and that he has asked that the legality of the nomination be verified, considering the CSM’s negative opinion.

“Romania cannot backtrack in the fight against corruption and I won’t accept this. For that the DNA needs an independent person at its helm. It’s not possible to backtrack, considering Romania registered positive steps. We have a negative opinion from the CSM, which contains things that should be food for thought. Until then, I have asked the relevant department to verify the legality of this nomination. But I will not accept anything that represents a step back in the fight against corruption,” Klaus Iohannis stated on Thursday, in Brussels, when asked about Adina Florea’s nomination at the helm of the DNA.

He added: “I don’t know the person, nor do I believe I have to. I will study the documents, after which we will talk more at home.”

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced on Monday that he sent President Klaus Iohannis the proposal to appoint Adina Florea as Chief Prosecutor of the DNA. Adina Florea received a negative opinion from the CSM’s Section for Prosecutors.

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