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JusMin Predoiu to brief the ECHR officials on current situation of the judiciary in Romania. Compensatory appeal law must be amended by assuming responsibility

Romanian Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu said on Monday that he would be traveling soon to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), to meet with the ECHR president and explain the situation in Romania regarding increased criminality, to talk about improving the conditions in the penitentiaries and other plans of the Romanian Government related to the judiciary.

“It remains to see what the agenda of the president of the ECHR is; today I will get in touch with him, if I do not find him today, tomorrow morning and tomorrow, at the latest, we will see when we can meet. We will go to the ECHR to explain the situation in Romania regarding rising crime rates, the state of play in our plans to improve conditions in penitentiaries,” Predoiu said at Parliament House responding to a question about compensatory appeal.

He added that, as the National Liberal Party (PNL) National Political Bureau has decided, in the event that Parliament will not vote on a bill to repeal the compensatory appeal the provision will be included in a bill for which passage the government will take responsibility.

Predoiu said the compensatory appeal is one of the reasons for him going to ECHR.

“That is why we go there, to have all these discussions. (…) We go to explain our plans, we go to explain what the situation in Romania is, why we got at such discussion, why these consequences are related to the wrong way in which the old majority regulated the compensatory appeal,” said Predoiu, according to Agerpres.

Regarding the justice crime investigation court section, Predoiu said that at the PNL meeting “nothing was decided in that regard,” because the consultation on this has not yet been concluded.

“We have consulted with the magistrates, we are still waiting for results and afterwards, after the new president of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) gets elected, we will also discuss the matter inside CSM. At today’s meeting nothing was decided precisely because there is no complete consultation yet and we do not have a point of view of the CSM. On the three measures we will submit to Parliament for passage by taking responsibility for the deadline extension, as was the PNL decision, there is a written point of view from the CSM,” said Predoiu.

Regarding the contests announced for the position of head of the General Prosecutor’s Office, the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) and the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), Predoiu said applications may be submitted starting tomorrow.

“As promised last week, today we will launch this competition and starting tomorrow we can accept applications; we will set a deadline and we will announce more in the afternoon,” concluded Predoiu.

Predoiu announced on Thursday that the Justice Ministry would start on December 2, the selection procedure for the positions of attorney general, DNA chief prosecutor, DIICOT chief prosecutor.


Compensatory appeal law must be amended by assuming responsibility


Minister of Justice Catalin Predoiu said on Monday that the law of compensatory appeal must be replaced, but his reluctance was related to an emergency ordinance, specifying that the change will be made by assuming the responsibility, as announced by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban.

“I said that this law must be replaced, my reluctance was related to the emergency ordinance. It is being done by assuming responsibility and I added that it must be accompanied by a package of measures, a package of measures that was decided today by the National Standing Bureau of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and to be approved by the Government. Some of these measures were approved last week through a memorandum under which the government committed to financing 600 additional places in the probation system. Other investments are being made in the penitentiary system so that we can quickly improve the conditions of detention and remove this topic from the agenda by solving it,” said Predoiu, in an intervention to private TV broadcaster Digi24.

According to the minister, the Social Democratic Party (PSD)’s proposal to repeal the compensatory appeal by vote “doesn’t get in the way nor does it help”.

“It is a sign that the PNL decision was correct, it is a sign that the PNL has taken the initiative on most of the issues on the public agenda, it is a sign that the Government is going in the right direction. It is a reaction of the PSD, put on the defensive, which willingly did not take such measures for almost two years, during which time the PNL parliamentarians (…) demanded the repeal or partial amendment of this law. Today the PSD, more out of necessity, has changed its position in its public address. We are pursuing our path, the decisions were correct, they will be applied on a step-by-step basis, as provided for in the governing program and until the end people will see that what was promised will be accomplished. (…) The PNL will carry out these measures,” said Predoiu.


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