Venice Commission to release official opinion of GEO 7, section for investigating magistrates – PNL says

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The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has admitted on Wednesday the PNL referral to notify the Venice Commission on the new amendments to the laws of justice by emergency ordinance, Liberal leader Ludovic Orban (photo) has announced.

It is about Government Emergency ordinance 7/2019 and GEO 90/2018 and GEO 92/2018, ziare.com informs.

The Liberals say that the setting up of the section for investigating magistrates had been prepared by several normative documents. Consequently, the Venice Commission should analyse the ordinances which contributed to the establishment of this section.

The request was supported on Wednesday at the Monitoring Committee of PACE by PNL Deputy Ionut Stroe, who presented the situation faced by the judiciary in Romania and the ways the current Government brings changes to the legislation, without public consultations, without considering the opinions of the Superior Council of Magistracy and by defying the recommendations from the European Commission, Ludovic Orban says in a release.

The new referral to the Venice Commission draws a red line on the PSD-ALDE attack to the independence of justice, as any further steps ahead by the current governance will lead to tough reactions from the European partners, Orban says.

“It is high time for PSD-ALDE to cease any attempts to legislate against the recommendations from the Venice Commission. If not, the PSD-ALDE leaders commit treason against national interests and will be responsible for the sanctions Romania will bear,” the PNL leader argues.

He urges the Government to put an end to any legislating efforts in the field of justice or in the criminal field until the Venice Commission experts will complete the analysis on the amendments to the legal framework in Romania.

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