Romania could be monitored by the Council of Europe after the assault on justice, sources say

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A Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) committee has proposed that Romania is monitored due to the risk regarding the independence of justice, a risk derived from the dismissal of Laura Codruta Kovesi from the position of DNA chief prosecutor and from the amendments brought by PSD to the Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code.

A final decision will be made on March 6, 2019, informs.

Romania has been included on a preliminary list of countries that should be urgently monitored by the Council of Europe, the most important European forum for promoting democracy and for observing human rights.

The Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe suggests a list of countries to be monitored. As an exception, Romania has been included without considering the alphabetical order, but based on arguments related to the emergency of monitoring, one of the MPs with the Romanian delegation to PACE said.

“The reasons for which Romania was proposed for monitoring are related to the risk related to justice independence (generated by the dismissal of Laura Codruta Kovesi and to the recent amendments brought to the Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code) and to the rights of women, of the Roma communities and of the persons with disabilities,” the sources say.

The viewpoints expressed by the Venice Commission and GRECO on the rule of law and justice system in Romania are the main arguments to include Romania on the monitoring list, along with the notifications from the Commissioner on Human Rights and from other Council of Europe bodies on domestic violence and on the protection of vulnerable categories.

The final list with the countries to be monitored will be decided on March 6. The Monitoring Committee is responsible to check if the states have met the assumed obligations through the Council of Europe statute, the European Convention on Human Rights and the other conventions of the Council of Europe, as well as meeting the member states’ commitments when joining the Council of Europe.

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