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Romania – forthcoming opinion – visit to the country

11/06/2018 - 12/06/2018

Bucharest - A delegation of the Venice Commission visited Romania to have a series of exchange of views concerning three draft laws revising the Romanian laws on judicial organisation, on the Superior Council of Magistracy and on the Statute of judges and prosecutors.

The delegation had meetings with the President of Romania, the Ministry of Justice, the High Court of Cassation and Justice, the Constitutional Court, the General Prosecutor’s Office and the National Anticorruption Directorate, the Superior Council of Magistracy, parliament representatives including the Special Parliamentary Committee for amending the laws of justice, associations of judges and prosecutors, and civil society organisations.

Both the President of Romania and the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have requested the opinion of the Venice Commission on the three draft laws.

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