The Save Romania Union (USR) requested the Ombudsman on Thursday to notify the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) regarding the recent ordinance on justice.
A delegation of the party went to the institution headed by Victor Ciorbea in order to file the request.
“We had a meeting which lasted approximately one hour with the Ombudsman. We conveyed the USR points of view and arguments, according to which this Ordinance No.7 on 2019 is subordinating and confiscating the anti-corruption institutions at Aga Tudorel’s mercy, this Phanariot Justice Minister. And we explicitly conveyed to the Ombudsman that it is his obligation to challenge this ordinance with the CCR because it significantly and crucially affects the mechanism of the justice system and we, as a state, cannot afford to have no constitutionality control on this abusive ordinance, which is blocking and destructuring the activity of the judiciary. The Ombudsman said he will analyse our arguments and, very important, in the coming days, he expects arguments from the magistrates’ associations, the prosecutors, the other political parties which believe that this ordinance is truly a new instrument of abuse and attack over justice and he will make a decision within several days. He promised a fast response”, USR Chairman Dan Barna stated at the end of the meeting.
According to him, the entire society should react in respect to this situation, about which he says it is similar to Ordinance No.13.
Ciorbea, about the GEO on the Laws on Justice: I’ve already started the analysis. Even God made the world in six days and rested on the seventh day, so be patient just a little bit
Ombudsman Victor Ciorbea stated on Thursday that he has “started the analysis” on the Government’s Emergency Ordinance on the Laws on Justice. “Even God made the world in six days and rested on the seventh day, so be patient just a little bit”, he added.
“If it’s not too offensive for them, we will wait for the General Prosecutor’s Office and the courts, as well as those general meetings of the prosecutors which I understand are ongoing, to send us their arguments. I’ve also stressed another aspect to them, since there is a debate launched in the public opinion, related to a possible legal conflict of a constitutional nature, in which case we have no jurisdiction. For the moment, we haven’t made an analysis to be able to tell you if this is a case of a constitutional challenge, in which case we are entitled, or if it’s a legal conflict of a constitutional nature, in which case we have no jurisdiction, or if no challenge should be raised”, Victor Ciorbea stated on Thursday, after the discussions with the USR representatives.
He added that he has “already started the analysis”, but when asked how long it will last, he said: “Even God made the world in six days and rested on the seventh day, so be patient just a little bit”.
Asked about the urgency of the amendments, the Ombudsman said that this aspect is also subject to analysis. He stressed that no one has the right to make pressure on the Ombudsman.
“Relax, because I want to analyse this situation in the most serious manner, and I do ask those who are interested, from the General Prosecutor’s Office and from the prosecutors’ meetings and from elsewhere, who want to bring us arguments, we are available to them with the two or three people working in this field, we don’t have others for the moment”, Ciorbea said.
Asked if there are also other normative acts, such as Ordinance 114, on which he could notify CCR, Ciorbea said the Ordinance 114 is pretty seriously analysed in the Parliament by the ruling coalition itself, and he understood that amendments will be brought to it.
He also said that Ordinance 114 contains “much too technical matters” on which he wanted to let specialists decide.
“Around two months and two weeks remained until I will celebrate five years since I took the oath. # Rezist, or whoever you want, just act and you will find somebody to meet the requirements”.
Ombudsman Victor Ciorbea also stated on Thursday that around two months and two weeks remained “until I will celebrate five years since I took the oath”, mentioning that he hasn’t decided yet if he wants another term. “# Rezist, or whoever you want, just act and you will find somebody to meet the requirements, with who knows how many stars, less or more, from who knows what party”, he stated.
“It bothers me that about 95 percent of the institution’s activity is totally ignored”, Ciorbea said to the journalists, speaking about the minorities’ rights, the rights of the disabled persons, of children, of the defence structures’ field, the labour and social protection field and the national mechanism for preventing torture in the detention places.
“To make many people relax, or on the contrary, to make them hurry, I want to tell them that around two months and two weeks remained until I will celebrate five years since I took the oath. Theoretically, the term can be extended until the new Ombudsman takes the oath. Also theoretically, a renewal of the term is possible”, Ciorbea stated.
Asked by the journalists about the ordinances that bring new amendments to the Laws on Justice, he replied: “# Rezist, or whoever you want, just act and you will find somebody to meet the requirements, with who knows how many stars, less or more, from who knows what party”.
Asked if he wants a new term as the Ombudsman, Victor Ciorbea answered: “I haven’t made any decision yet, I am telling you in the most honest way. I don’t know if it is so nice to be attacked all the time and no one to notice whether you did something or not”.