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CCR turns down request of President Iohannis that debates on amendments to Criminal Procedure Code take place after the Venice Commission’s opinion

The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) has set September 25 as the date for debates on the unconstitutionality referral regarding the amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code adopted by Parliament, court’s chairman, Valer Dorneanu, said on Wednesday, thus confirming the information posted on the institution’s website.

The CCR judges have also set on July 18 the deadline for debates on the referrals filed by PNL, USR and the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) in regard to the initiative to amend the Criminal Procedure Code, Dorneanu also said.

President Klaus Iohannis sent a letter, on Tuesday, to the Constitutional Court chairman, Valer Dorneanu, requesting CCR to set the deadline of debates on the referral on amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code and on the judiciary organisation until after the opinion from the Venice Commission is received.

“Considering the tradition of good cooperation between the public authorities in Romania and this European institution, which contributes to the development of a common constitutional patrimony in Europe and which supports the states wishing to put the legal and institutional structures in line with international standards and the best practices in the fields of democracy, the rule of law and protection of human rights, I would like to ask you to set the deadline to debate the unconstitutionality complaint so that the opinion of the Venice Commission can be redeemed,” the President’s letter to the Constitutional Court read.

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