Justice Minister Stelian Ion says a meeting with President Klaus Iohannis on judicial reforms “is absolutely necessary.”
“We have not had any meeting. (…) We will probably have a meeting moving forward, it is absolutely necessary from my point of view. I have tried and I will continue to try,” said Ion before a meeting on Tuesday of the ruling coalition at the Parliament House.
Asked if he had received an answer from Iohannis, the minister said: “I would not like to add fuel to the fire on a subject that needs to be solved and I really want us to solve it.”
He added that he has no feedback on the procedure for appointments to the prosecutor’s offices, and on the legislative proposal for a new procedure “there are some discussions with colleagues in the coalition,” which he hopes will be sped up.
Regarding Romania’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) he said that judicial reforms must be made.
Asked in the context if he feels he can be replaced for from that point of view, Ion pointed out that “this issue of being replaceable or irreplaceable concerns all ministers,” adding that it is not about cabinet reshuffle now.
JustMin Ion to ask governing coalition to increase justice expenditure
Justice Minister Stelian Ion says he will ask the governing coalition, which met at the Parliament House on Tuesday, to increase justice expenditure to continue the fight against corruption and organised crime.
“I hope that more money will be approved for Justice. I have asked for a headquarters at Simleul Silvaniei to continue the project. Also, there are some amounts beyond this that I found out will be granted, about 13 million lei. More is needed. Some of the court rulings relating to staff costs will have to be paid out if, however, the money cannot be granted at this revision. However I have asked for the money anyway and I insist a lot on it, we hope to find understanding. However, at the November revision, these amounts will have to be granted,” said Ion.
He said no agreement was reached on the amount demanded by the Ministry of Justice.
“That’s why I’m still here today, to agree on an amount. I asked for more amounts, 50 million would be enough throughout November, maybe sooner than November, but the idea is that by the end of the year all the sums have to be paid out. It takes a lot more money – by the end of the year – over 60 million. In addition, although I am not a main employer, I am insisting on the sums needed to continue the fight against corruption and organised crime being provided. The National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), they need extra money and the attorney general has asked for that. I am here also to discuss it,” added Ion.