Justice Minister sends letter to EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans: Ordinance on appeal for annulment is still considered

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Justice Minister Tudorel Toader has sent a letter to European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, as reply to the letter sent by the latter to Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, whereby he expressed concern about an alleged emergency ordinance about the appeal for annulment.

Toader says that “in the past two months we have two Constitutional Court decisions to condemn the secret protocols and one decision that made the Government issue an emergency ordinance regarding the possibility for appeal for annulment, following the errors made by the High Court in regard about the 5-judge panels,” according to romaniatv.net.

Toader also informs Timmermans that some provisions of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) are in contradiction with the Constitutional Court decisions, so that the Government will issue emergency ordinances on criminal legislation, yet it would not enforce the CVM provisions, only the Constitutional Court decisions.

EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans sent on January 24 a letter to Premier Viorica Dancila on the issue of an alleged emergency ordinance allowing the appeal for annulment for those sentenced by the 5-judge panels with the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court). Prime Minister Dancila said on Friday that the Government is preparing an ordinance in this regard, while the Justice Minister insists that the CCR decision on the 5-judge panels cannot remain without consequences.


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