What the EC recommends Romania to ensure the rule of law

Newsroom 17/07/2012 | 10:35

The European Commission (EC) has recommended a series of “urgent steps” to the Romanian government and key institutions, according to the draft of a EC report, quoted by Mediafax newswire.

Thus, to make sure state principles and the independence of the justice system are respected, the EC recommends Romania to take the following steps:

• Adopt and publish immediately an emergency ordinance that should annul Emergency Ordinance nr. 38/2012, which modifies the law about the organization and functioning of the Constitutional

• Adopt immediately and publish an emergency ordinance that should annul Emergency Ordinance nr. . 41/2012, regarding the modification of the referendum law

• Respect the conditions stipulated in the Constitution regarding passing emergency ordinances in the future

• Make sure all the laws are published in the Official Gazette, including the decision of the Constitutional Court

• Require that all political parties and governmental authorities observe the independence of the justice system and commit to apply penalties to any party or government member who undermines the credibility of the judges and puts pressure in justice institutions

• Appoint an ombudsman that is agreed by all political parties via a transparent process

• Introduce a transparent process for nominating the prosecutor general and the chief prosecutor of the National Anti-corruption Direction. No appointment should be made during the current presidency.

• No pardoning should take place during the current presidency

• No ministers who are under investigation for integrity issues should be appointed- the ministers who are in such a situation should resign

• Adopt clear procedures regarding the resignation of members of parliament , with final decisions regarding the incompatibility and conflicts of interest as well as final sentences passed for high-level corruption


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