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December 5, 2022

President Iohannis: Gov’t to come up with solutions to mend justice legislation

President Klaus Iohannis announced on Wednesday that the government will develop a series of projects to “mend” the justice legislation for which consultations with specialists will take place in the period immediately ahead.

“The government will come up with a legislative initiative to mend justice legislation. We must carry through, dear Romanians, what we started a year ago at the referendum, when we stopped this butchering of the justice legislation, which is in operation and is imperfect. This procedure must be continued, so in the coming weeks there will be consultations and I will have consultations with specialists in the field of justice, with politicians. The Government will work on bills and they will be submitted to Parliament to mend the justice legislation to bring it in line with what, in the end, the Romanians want and very clearly expressed at the referendum,” Iohannis told a news briefing at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

The president accused the Social Democratic Party (PSD) of being “the party that tried and is still trying to break the independence of the judiciary.”

The fact that some Social Democrats have started “settling their debts is a matter that may be related to unserious news,” but Romanians find it important that the justice legislation be mended, and for that to happen “a determined and courageous step” is needed.

“I have watched, maybe you have also – a strange discussion started in the public space: inside PSD and between PSD and PSD satellites they start settling their debts. There were some so-called revelations from the time when PSD viciously attacked justice, when PSD viciously attacked the justice laws. Fortunately we have managed to stop some of these attacks, and I also managed to take the laws before the Constitutional Court. Parliament, especially the National Liberal Party (PNL) and other democratic parties, has managed to stop some of these changes, but it is certain that the most important step was taken by the Romanians. A year ago, when I called the Romanians to the polls, for a referendum on justice, a large number of people showed up and said clearly: stop this butchering of the justice legislation that was initiated and continued by PSD. PSD tried to trample justice under its foot,” said the president.

He mentioned that discussed at his working meeting on Wednesday with Prime Minister Ludovic Orban were access to European funds and justice legislation.


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