The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has approved the PNL request to refer to the Venice Commission, for a point of view, the amendments to the laws of justice made by PSD and ALDE, the National Liberal Party has announced in a press release.
“Following the PSD and ALDE systematic refusal to ask for an international opinion on the proposals to amend the laws of Justice, PNL has succeeded in gaining this result through its MPs with PACE. PNL used an extraordinary means in order to notify the Venice Commission through the PACE Monitoring Committee,” the press release reads, according to hotnews.ro.
According to liberals, the Constitutional Court will have to take into account the Venice Commission’s view of the amendments to the laws of justice, as it did in other cases.
“The laws of justice will now have to wait for the Venice Commission’s point of view,” they conclude.
At the beginning of March, President Klaus Iohannis announced, in a response to the Judges’ Forum, said he would not refer to the Venice Commission the amendments to the laws of justice conducted by Parliament. He argued that, considering the deadlines for the enactment of the laws, up to 20 days, and to the procedure that the Venice Commission must follow in the event of such a request are the reasons and “I cannot assess whether such a referral could be capitalized.”
After the second constitutionality control, two of the three laws of justice were declared constitutional. The Law 303/2004 on the statute of magistrates, declared unconstitutional, is to be discussed by the Special Parliamentary Committee run by Florin Iordache, after the Constitutional Court issues the reasoning.
President Iohannis: It’s absolutely normal
President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday, while on a visit to Bacau, that it’s absolutely normal for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to call for a viewpoint from the Venice Commission.
“It’s absolutely normal, and when the two laws will reach me, I will make a statement on this issue and I will tell you what I intend to do,” Klaus Iohannis said.
Florin Iordache: The Venice Commission has to consider the CCR decisions
The chairman of the Special Parliamentary Committee for amending the laws of justice, Florin Iordache, said the Venice Commission has to consider the Constitutional Court decisions that the laws are constitutional.
“As long as CCR has decided the two laws are constitutional, this is a political-driven demarche conducted by PNL. It carries this fight on the international field, they have requested the monitoring of the laws of justice and the developments in Romania, which are not right, in my opinion. (…) From my point of view, this will have no consequence, as the Venice Commission has to consider the points of view, twice expressed by the Constitutional Court,” Iordache said.
Florin Iordache said we would send a point of view to the Venice Commission, if requested. “The Venice Commission will only have to observe it was a normal step made and adopted by the Parliament,” he added.