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Stefan, Gabriela

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Gândul - Romania | 18/06/2010

Constitutional lawsuit against Romania's austerity measures

The austerity package passed by Romania's conservative government has met with strong resistance. The opposition Social Democrats, the Liberals and the High Court of Cassation have filed a suit against the measures with the Constitutional Court. A first, writes the daily Gândul: "Never before has the Constitutional Court had to rule on a problem that concerns the fate of several million people. Presumably many of those concerned don't even know what role the Constitutional Court plays or what cases are decided there. It is also conceivable that people's expectations are not very high because they only have limited faith in the judiciary. ... On the other hand one aspect could play a role in the judges' considerations, namely that they are deciding over their own situation. All are government officials, some of them pensioners. Certainly, in view of their impressive salaries the Constitutional Court judges are hardly affected by the austerity measures. But that also goes for the judges of the High Court of Cassation - their salaries are just as high, but that didn't stop them from filing a class action with the Constitutional Court."

Gândul - Romania | 09/06/2010

European court should give Romania a red card

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg is about to reach a decision on the restitution of property expropriated during the communist era. There are two pending lawsuits against the Romanian state with the court at present. The daily Gândul points out that hundreds of thousands of Romanians could finally be compensated for their losses: "In the space of 20 years the political class – the parliament and government – has 'churned out' countless guidelines on property issues: laws, government decisions, emergency legislation and so on. They were often contradictory and only made the owners' problems worse. … The proscription of efficient measures by the ECHR would be a welcome means of exerting pressure on the Romanian state, which for twenty years now has been incapable of solving a problem that has already cost us a lot of money through Strasbourg decisions. At the same time the ECHR inquiry could represent the only chance for hundreds of thousands of Romanians who have been humiliated by the state and the judiciary."

Gândul - Romania | 24/03/2010

EU criticises corruption in Romania

The EU Commission presented on Tuesday its new interim report on reform in Romania and Bulgaria, according to which both countries do not fulfil the anti-corruption standards. The daily Gândul complains about the state of the judiciary in Romania: "This year the publication of the report comes at a very delicate moment for the Romanian judiciary. Several highly-placed judges are embroiled in an affair linking them to the worlds of politics and business. Certainly, they haven't been condemned, no charges have even been filed. Nevertheless the appearance of the '[Cătălin] Voicu report' has been enough to discredit the judicial system. Presumably it now no longer matters whether the judges concerned are found guilty and receive punishment or not. In any case people will draw the conclusion regarding their own legal cases that instead of hiring a lawyer the best thing to do is simply buy the judge. ... There is no judicial reform in Romania because the judiciary functions according to its own rules and interests."

Gândul - Romania | 23/07/2009

A tame EU report

The daily Gândul views the EU's progress report on Romania as very benevolent: "Many critical remarks directed at the Romanian authorities have completely disappeared [from the report], without anything positive having happened in Romania. The threat to tie accession to the Schengen zone to reform of the justice system has gone, for example. ... The government in Bucharest has benefited from the current political context: the changing of the political guard in Brussels occasioned by the elections to the European parliament. When it comes to politics, everything is ultimately a deal. The votes of the Romanian MEPs will be crucial in the autumn when [Commission President] José Manuel Barroso will be seeking to renew his mandate as President of the European Commission. ... At this moment it should be more evident to the Romanians than ever that Bucharest's policies and bureaucracy, even if they are not viewed favourably by Europe, will actually be accepted and tolerated."

Gândul - Romania | 19/02/2009

EU has other priorities than those of the average citizen

The EU Commission published a report last week on the problems of the Romanian judicial system. The daily Gândul comments on reactions from Romanian politicians: "The report by the European Commission on the state of justice in Romania published last week deals with different problems than those faced by people on a daily basis. It goes into the passing of laws, blocked inquiries of certain dignitaries and the future of the National Integrity Agency. ... The head of state met with top Romanian politicians and heads of the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) on Tuesday evening ... to find solutions to the problems mentioned in the EU report. ... The purpose of the meeting was to serve Brussels, which has entirely different priorities to those of the average citizen, which include the enormous costs for an incompetent judicial system that is incapable of convicting criminals."

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