Guido Wolf, Minister of Justice and European Affairs in Baden-Württemberg, has stated on Friday before meeting Romanian counterpart Tudorel Toader that adopting some dedicated laws would be a fatal sign, referring to the debates that some of the justice laws’ amendments would favor the chairman of the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea.
„I would like to talk about these things with the Romanian minister of Justice,” the German official said.
Asked if he heard about rumors that some of the amendments operated on the justice laws in Romania would favor PSD chair Liviu Dragnea, Guido Wolf stated: „I heard about these debates, about these rumors, we are here to talk with the Romanian Justice minister (…) I would be a fatal sign that a reform of the judiciary system would aim to protect certain people from criminal investigations.”
Asked to comment the actions of countering corruption in Romania, the German minister pointed out that countering corruption is important and that it’s important to have Communiy’s rights and principles in Europe, it’s important for the economy and investors that the rule of law works and corruption is countered. „I am also interested in talking about the grounds of the anti-corruption head’s dismissal and about how is the fight against corruption planned further on,” Wolf said.
Also questioned if the Venice Commission’s recommendation should be observed, the German minister informed he would also tackle this topic within the meeting with Toader. „Maybe there will be even the availability to amend these reform drafts,” he concluded.