Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu has announced in Parliament on Friday that a Government sitting to adopt the emergency ordinance on the justice laws will take place, „on principle”, on Monday 9 a.m., before PM Dancila leaves for a tour abroad.
Meleşcanu said that PM Viorica Dancila will pay a one-week visit abroad next week, Monday in Turkey, Tuesday and Wednesday in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait.
Asked if there will be a Government sitting on Monday morning before the premier leaves, the minister replied: „Yes, a Government sitting is scheduled on 9 a.m.,” adding the sitting is destined to the adoption of the emergency ordinance on the justice laws.
The leader of the Social Democrat senators Serban Nicolae said on Thursday that the Government is the one that should amend the justice laws through an emergency ordinance in maximum three days after the amendments on the Magistrates Statute have been published in the Official Gazette.
Also today, President Klaus Iohannis has promulgated the Law 303.2004 on the magistrates statute, as the Presidency announces in a press release, also adding that the head of state is asking the ruling coalition to resume the legislative procedure on all three justice laws as a matter of urgency.
One of the main amendments operated on the Statute of magistrates draft is cutting the Romanian President’s powers on appointing the chief prosecutors of the General Prosecutor’s Office, of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) and of DIICOT.
“Romania’s President has repeatedly warned that several amendments brought on the law 303/2004, such as the new provisions related to the magistrates’ retirement, to the ways of naming or revoking prosecutors in top positions, referring to extending the Justice minister’ prerogatives or to introducing some subjective standards in assessing the magistrates, to weakening the independence of prosecutors, have a direct negative impact on the act of justice and on its quality,” reads the Presidential Administration’s press release.
On September 25, Romania’s Constitutional Court rejected President Iohannis’ complaint regarding the constitutional exception over the amended Law 303 on the statute of judges and prosecutors.
According to the Constitution, Romania’s President was compelled to promulgate a law „in ten days the most after the CCR releases the reasoning confirming the law’s constitutionality.”
Among the three justice laws, the head of state has promulgated two, the law 304 on the judiciary organization and the law 317 on the organization of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM).