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PNL’ s Orban: Draft on modification of justice laws wasn’t discussed by coalition Gov’t nor been debated upon

National Liberal Party (PNL)  leader Ludovic Orban on Friday said that the draft on the modification of the justice laws sent by Minister Stelian Ion to the CSM (Superior Council of Magistracy) was not discussed by the coalition government nor been subject to an ample public debate.

“The fundamental objective of the PNL, both in the period when we were in opposition and, especially now that we are in power, was to ensure the independence of the judiciary, to ensure a legislative framework at the level of European regulations and standards that will ensure the free access of the citizen to justice, will ensure the independence of the judiciary and allow the justice system to do justice to the citizens. The draft on the modification of the justice laws will have to be the subjected to an extensive public debate. The draft that was sent by the Minister of Justice to the CSM was not discussed by the coalition government and it was not subjected to an ample public debate, as required by the Venice Commission, both in terms of the justice laws and the criminal and criminal procedure codes. They need to be adopted through an ample debate and to truly represent modifications of the law that will ground a modern justice system, at the European standards,” Orban said after a visit to the Official Journal.

He added that the draft on the modification of the laws of justice will be debated by the ruling coalition, by the society, professional organizations in the field.

 

If there is a will, tax evasion legislation can be amended

 

National chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Ludovic Orban said on Friday that, if there was a will, the regulation that only a fine could be applied to people accused of tax evasion up to 100,000 euros who repay the damage in full could be amended.

“Certainly, PNL has voted against this law. The president promulgated it as that is his constitutional attribute, he did not establish that that is the law. He exercised his powers. If there is a will to amend that legal provision, it will be amended,” Orban said after a visit to the Official Journal.

On Wednesday, President Klaus Iohannis promulgated a law on amending and supplementing Law no. 241/2005 for the prevention and combat of tax evasion that says in the case of persons accused of tax evasion up to 100,000 euros who repay the damage in full the penalty will be a fine and not time in prison.

 

As long as people remain economically active they have to pay contributions and taxes, regardless of their age

 

Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Ludovic Orban, the national leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL), said on Friday that, in his opinion, as long as people remain economically active they have to pay contributions and taxes, regardless of their age.

Asked if he would agree for PNL to endorse a bill tabled by a PNL MP under which people who remain economically active after retirement age should no longer pay social security contributions, Orban said that as long as a person remains gainfully employed, contributions must be paid, regardless of age.

“As long as you derive income from various activities, as long as you are an economically active person, my opinion is that taxes and contributions must be paid, regardless of age, especially because the bill that is being debated and in procedure for being adopted by the government provides for the possibility of gainful employment over the age of 65, the retirement age, up to the age of 70, as a right. If someone asks to continue gainful employment after reaching the age of retirement, that is a personal decision and rather a right. As such, I do not see why they should stop paying the pension contributions. In principle, it is very important that the tax system be based on very clear principles; discriminatory taxation must be reduced as much as possible, equal treatment of the citizens must be secured from a fiscal point of view,” said Orban at the end of a visit at the headquarters of the Official Journal.

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