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PACE urges Romanian authorities to support ‘the remarkable work of the DNA’

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) calls on the Romanian authorities to politically and financially support the outstanding work of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), by observing the legal framework and the need for an effective fight against corruption and abuse of authority.

The request comes after the PACE adopted a resolution drafted by the Christian Democrat Bernd Fabritius (Germany), criticizing the situation in Romania, in the Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Poland and Turkey.

The resolution has got the go-ahead by 47 votes in favour, 7 against and 2 abstentions, ‘Initiativa pentru o Justitie Curata’ quoted by ziare.com inform.

Thus, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe also calls on the Romanian political parties to ensure the observance of the essential role and the authority of the Constitutional Court and the DNA.

The authorities should also review the criminal law as soon as possible by implementing the Constitutional Court’s decisions that declared as unconstitutional an important number of articles in the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, focusing on fighting corruption and abuse of authority, by implementing recommendations of the Venice Commission and GRECO, PACE shows.

The Assembly also appeals to the Romanian authorities to hold a proper public debate on the constitutional criteria for waiving the parliamentary immunity and to adopt clear criteria in this respect, observing the Venice Commission’s recommendations.

Our country must ensure that the principle of the separation of powers is respected by the government and judiciary in terms of Parliament’s competences, avoiding, in particular, abusive law-making through emergency ordinances, the same source reports.

 

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