European magistrates issue resolution on safeguarding the independence of the Romanian judicial system from secret and unlawful interference of the intelligence agencies


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The organization of European magistrates, MEDEL, condemns, through a resolution sent to Brussels, the conclusion of secret protocols between the SRI and the Romanian institutions because, according to the association, it undermines the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and the right to a fair trial.

A resolution posted on the organisation’s website reads:

Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et Les Libertés (MEDEL), meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 24th of May, 2018,

Recalling the previous MEDEL resolutions in which it raised deep concerns about “the unlawful involvement of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) in the judiciary process” and that the courts have become a “tactical field” of operations for this intelligence agency (May 25, 2015), as well as that SRI is taking part in criminal investigations based on “classified procedures and secret protocols” with prosecutors (May 16, 2016),

Finding, shockingly, in 2018, that all the institutions part of the judicial authority (High Court of Cassation and Justice, Superior Council of Magistracy, Judicial Inspection as well as Public Ministry – General Prosecutor’s Office) had secret protocols with the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI),

Noticing the increasing number of acquittals in anti-corruption cases with high ranking Romanian personalities,

Observing an increasing numbers of public attacks against the Romanian Constitutional Court,

Remarking that the EU authorities are silent on the interference of the Romanian intelligence agencies in the judiciary, since they reduced the analysis of the Romanian judiciary system to the narrow viewpoint of fighting corruption,


Adopts the following resolution and:

  • Condemns firmly the concluding of secret protocols between bodies of judicial authority and Romanian Intelligence Service, which is undermining the rule of law, democracy, independence of the judiciary and the right to a fair trial, violating thereby the Romanians’ fundamental human rights protected by the Romanian Constitution and the European Convention on Human
  • Urges the EU authorities to strongly affirm that the fight against corruption could not be done by using undemocratic and soviet-style criminal investigation
  • Requests the publishing of all protocols signed between bodies of the judicial authority and any secret intelligence Romanian agency, so they can be evaluated by the society, magistrates and
  • Asks the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis to take a firm public stand in denouncing these protocols and to take concrete steps, as president of Supreme Council of National Defense (CSAT), in ensuring that the intelligence agencies are not interfering anymore with the judiciary process in any
  • Appeals for the ending of attacks against the Romanian Constitutional Court, which undermine the trust in a fundamental institution that safeguards the rule of law and the human rights in the
  • Welcomes the decision of the current Superior Council of Magistracy to publish the secret protocol with SRI, concluded by the previous Council, and encourages the Council to take all the necessary steps to fully clarify the way, methods and extent of SRI’s involvement in the judicial

MEDEL will continue supporting any further actions of the Romanian magistrates in safeguarding the independence of the judicial system from the influence of secret intelligence agencies and will continue addressing this unprecedented situation from Romania with the European Union’s officials, the resolution concludes.

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