Romania: Gov’t to table bill on Justice

Romania: Gov’t to table bill on Justice

Following consultations with Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the Cotroceni Palace, President Klaus Iohannis announced yesterday that the government would submit a bill on Justice to Parliament. In the context of recent statements by former Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader, who spoke of the pressures he suffered when he was in charge of the amendments on the three penal codes and of granting amnesty or pardon, the head of State stressed: “The Social-Democratic Party (PSD) attempted to manipulate justice (…) These laws on justice must be amended and this is what my discussion with the Prime Minister revolved around. It is a decisive and courageous step”, Radio Europa Libera reports.

Furthermore, yesterday President Iohannis said the multi-year funds would be discussed in conjunction with aid funds in the event of a pandemic. The program announced by the European Commission must be negotiated and implemented. The first round of talks will take place on June 18 and 19, 2020. Iohannis stressed that Romania would benefit from more European funds than before the crisis. “We will fight to get as much money as possible”, he said. The money will be reportedly invested in highways, railways, renewable energy projects and health and education systems.

Regarding the coronavirus epidemic, the President stressed that “the virus still exists in society”. As the authorities try to relax the restrictions as much as possible, he said that every Romanian has a responsibility to protect themselves. /ibna