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Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and started his journalism career in 2004 with Ziarul Financiar, the leading financial newspaper in Romania, where he worked for ten years, the last six of which as editor of the capital markets section. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in 2014 as editor and became Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He currently oversees the daily content published on Romania-Insider.com and likes to stay up to date with everything relevant in business, politics, and life in Romania. Andrei lives with his family in the countryside in Northern Romania, where he built their own house. In his free time, he studies horticulture and tends to his family’s garden. He enjoys foraging in the woods and long walks on the hills and valleys around his village. Email him for story ideas and interviews at andrei@romania-insider.com. 

 

Romania's justice minister moves to dismantle Special Section after Venice Commission comments

Romanian minister of justice Stelian Ion, a representative of the reformist USR PLUS, announced that he would initiate the procedures in the ruling coalition for summoning joint sitting of the Chambers to dismantle the controversial Special Section.

The announcement comes after the Romanian Government received the recommendations issued by the Venice Commission on the issue. According to minister Ion, the Commission recommends unconditional dismantling of the Special Section, with the functions transferred to the national anticorruption directorate (DNA) and with no other amendments attached.

Under the compromise solution negotiated by the ruling coalition, the Special Section would have been dismantled - but the magistrates would have been investigated only with the prior consent of the magistrates' body CSM.

The controversial amendment, reportedly promoted by the ethnic Hungarians' party UDMR, has never really been accepted by USR PLUS - for the 'immunity' provided to magistrates. In fact, the amendment generated tensions within the ruling coalition as Ludovic Orban - the leader of the senior ruling Liberal Party (PNL) argued against the notifications sent to the Venice Commission - a detail that minister Ion hasn't forgotten.

"The opinion received today shows that notifying the Venice Commission was the right decision. If we had continued with the project in the Chamber of Deputies, we would have maintained that mechanism criticized by the Commission (immunity of magistrates). I believe that [Liberal] president Orban was wrong in this regard, and the Venice Commission's referral was correct," justice minister Ion said, according to G4media.ro.

He also said that "he expects his coalition colleagues to keep their promise and observe the ruling program."

andrei@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Gov.ro)
 

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Andrei Chirileasa
Editor-in-Chief

Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and started his journalism career in 2004 with Ziarul Financiar, the leading financial newspaper in Romania, where he worked for ten years, the last six of which as editor of the capital markets section. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in 2014 as editor and became Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He currently oversees the daily content published on Romania-Insider.com and likes to stay up to date with everything relevant in business, politics, and life in Romania. Andrei lives with his family in the countryside in Northern Romania, where he built their own house. In his free time, he studies horticulture and tends to his family’s garden. He enjoys foraging in the woods and long walks on the hills and valleys around his village. Email him for story ideas and interviews at andrei@romania-insider.com. 

 

Romania's justice minister moves to dismantle Special Section after Venice Commission comments

Romanian minister of justice Stelian Ion, a representative of the reformist USR PLUS, announced that he would initiate the procedures in the ruling coalition for summoning joint sitting of the Chambers to dismantle the controversial Special Section.

The announcement comes after the Romanian Government received the recommendations issued by the Venice Commission on the issue. According to minister Ion, the Commission recommends unconditional dismantling of the Special Section, with the functions transferred to the national anticorruption directorate (DNA) and with no other amendments attached.

Under the compromise solution negotiated by the ruling coalition, the Special Section would have been dismantled - but the magistrates would have been investigated only with the prior consent of the magistrates' body CSM.

The controversial amendment, reportedly promoted by the ethnic Hungarians' party UDMR, has never really been accepted by USR PLUS - for the 'immunity' provided to magistrates. In fact, the amendment generated tensions within the ruling coalition as Ludovic Orban - the leader of the senior ruling Liberal Party (PNL) argued against the notifications sent to the Venice Commission - a detail that minister Ion hasn't forgotten.

"The opinion received today shows that notifying the Venice Commission was the right decision. If we had continued with the project in the Chamber of Deputies, we would have maintained that mechanism criticized by the Commission (immunity of magistrates). I believe that [Liberal] president Orban was wrong in this regard, and the Venice Commission's referral was correct," justice minister Ion said, according to G4media.ro.

He also said that "he expects his coalition colleagues to keep their promise and observe the ruling program."

andrei@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Gov.ro)
 

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