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Judicial and criminal law reforms undermine the rule of law in Romania

Debate on Romania's reforms in the European Parliament


On a Greens/EFA initiative, the European Parliament will today debate the controversial reforms of the judiciary and criminal law in Romania.

The reforms could lead to corrupt politicians going unpunished, and judges and prosecutors being placed under political control. Romania is ranked 57th in the Transparency International Corruption Index, behind countries such as Qatar and Barbados.

Ska Keller, co-president of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, comments:

“With their proposed reforms to the judiciary and criminal law, the Romanian government risks seriously undermining rule of law. Shaping the law to protect corrupt politicians within your own ranks is an astonishing abuse of power and would undermine faith in the rule of law and democracy.

“We fully support the tens of thousands of Romanians protesting against a government that is using the state for its own ends. We call on the Members of the Romanian Parliament to follow the judgements of the Romanian Constitutional Court and bring the reforms in line with fundamental democratic principles. The independence of the judiciary must be safeguarded. If Romania enacts these plans, the European Commission must step in and initiate a review of rule of law in the country. The Commission must avoid Romania becoming the third EU country to be the subject of Article 7 proceedings.

“We cannot accept that Romanian citizens are still unable to enjoy the same freedom to travel as the people of the Schengen area.”

Background

In December, the Greens/EFA group wrote to Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans expressing concern about the proposed changes to the justice system in Romania: http://extranet.greens-efa-service.eu/public/media/file/1/5423

Reforma legilor justitiei si Codului Penal submineaza statul de drept

Romania


La initiativa Verzilor/ALE Parlamentul European va dezbate azi controversata reforma a legilor justitiei si Codului Penal in Romania

Reforma poate avea drept consecinta nepedepsirea politicienilor corupti, iar judecatorii si procurorii sa fie sub control politic. Romania este clasata a 57a in Indexul International al Transparentei si Coruptiei, in urma unor tari ca Barbados si Qatar.

Ska Keller, co-presedinte al grupului Verzi /ALE in Parlamentul European, a declarat:

“Cu propusa reforma a justitiei si Codului Penal, Guvernul Romaniei risca sa submineze grav statul de drept. Schimbarea legii pentru a proteja politicieni corupti din propriile randuri este un abuz de putere uluitor si va slabi increderea in statul de drept si democratie.

“Suntem in intregime alaturi de miile de romani care protesteaza impotriva unei guvernari care foloseste statul pentru propriile scopuri. Cerem membrilor Parlamentului Roman sa urmeze deciziile Curtii Constitutionale si sa aduca reformele in conformitate cu principiile fundamentale ale democratiei. Independenta justitiei trebuie protejata. Daca Romania pune in aplicare aceste planuri, Comisia Europeana trebuie sa intervina si sa initieze analiza statului de drept in Romania. Comisia trebuie sa evite ca romania sa devina a treia tara din Uniunea Europeana supusa procedurilor Articolului 7.

“Nu putem accepta ca cetatenii romani sunt inca in imposibilitatea de a se bucura de aceeasi libertate de circulatie ca cei din zona Schengen”


Detalii

In Decembrie, grupul Verzi /ALE in Parlamentul European a scris Comisiei, Vice-Presedintelui Frans Timmermans exprimand ingrijorarea fata de propunerile de modificare a sistemului de justitie in Romania: http://extranet.greens-efa-service.eu/public/media/file/1/5423


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+33-3-88174042

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