PSD governing programme: Not much about the fight against corruption. PM-designate vows firm approach, but protecting the human rights

PSD governing programme: Not much about the fight against corruption. PM-designate vows firm approach, but protecting the human rights

The Justice chapter in the PSD governing programme announces massive changes in regard to the criminal legislation, as it intends to amend the law of ministerial responsibility and of the responsibility of the public administration employees. PSD envisages ‘immediate action’ in terms of legislative and administrative issues, in order to create better conditions in prisons. A directorate having as objective “the assessment of Romanian legislation and its repositioning on different bases” is to be set up with the Ministry of Justice, informs.

It is to be noted that the programme does not include any reference to continuing the fight against corruption, the word corruption does not exist in the justice chapter and instead the focus is to be laid on preventing “excesses and abuses” and on observing the “fundamental rights”. It is the first governing programme in recent years that does not contain any reference to corruption, the source underlines.

In line with the massive legal amendments is the reestablishment of the Romanian Institute for Criminology as independent institution, which “would elaborate, together with the Justice Ministry, with the Judicial Research Institute of the Romanian Academy, with the judicial system representatives and the law faculties, the main elements of criminal policy of the Romanian state.”

PSD also intends to set up the Justice District in Bucharest, in order to solve the issue of lack of space for courts and prosecutor offices in the capital city, within a project of urban rehabilitation to be conducted in partnership with the Bucharest city hall and the Ministry of Culture.

The Justice chapter in the PSD governing programme aims at lifting the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) from the European Commission. “Given the progress made by Romania in meeting the benchmarks, the initial landmarks for CVM, the government and the European Commission will cooperate in order to see the CVM lifted during the current commission’s term. It is important to implement in the national legislation, with priority, the European directives concerning the judicial system,” the programme reads.

As wanting to confirm the concerns about the future of the judicial system and of the fight against corruption, the nominated Minister of Justice Florin Iordache has told on Wednesday the parliamentary Law Committee that “a new law on amnesty and pardoning would be auspicious if discussed in parliament.” Asked if he would initiate such a legislative proposal as minister, Iordache avoided giving a straight answer.

Florin Iordache, one of the influential jurists with PSD, has had an essential contribution in promoting the anti-judicial package of laws on the so-called Black Tuesday (December 2013), the same source comments.

And yet, PM-designate Sorin Grindeanu wants firm fight against corruption with protection of human rights

PM-designated Sorin Grindeanu said on Wednesday, during the hearings in parliament, that justice should be independent, whereas the fight against corruption should continue, but the decision-makers should be “equally firm” in protecting human rights, so that the guilty ones are punished, while honest people “should be defended”.

“Normal Romania means fair and independent justice. Normal Romania means the rule of law, balanced and functional. A normal country, a country of justice should always be in balance. In a normal country the rule of law is first and justice is truly independent,” Grindeanu said.

In his speech in the parliament plenum before the vote for his cabinet, he pleaded for the total independence of judges, which should make justice “with no pressure from anyone.”

“In a normal country the innocent are not punished and honest people are defended. The fight against corruption and against those who steal should be very firm, but we should be equally firm in protecting fundamental human rights, so that every honest citizen feels protected by the law against any kind of abuse,” Grindeanu said while presenting the PSD governing programme for Justice./IBNA