Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said on Thursday that a new emergency ordinance has been drafted, that will repeal several provisions of OUG 7/2019, which are the object of the magistrates' protest, on Friday to present them the draft law for Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.
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"The Draft Emergency Ordinance for amending OUG 7/2019 was drawn up at MJ [Ministry of Justice, ed.n.]. The draft is elaborated in keeping with the issues discussed by the prime minister with the President of the CSM [Superior Council of Magistrates, ed.n.], AMR [the Association of Romania's Magistrates, ed.n.], UNJR [ed.n], the Romanian Prosecutors' Association, the IJ [the Judicial Inspection, ed.n.] and the Judiciary Crime Investigation Section. The amendments refer to the (...) repeal of Article 54 - which stipulates that judges, together with prosecutors, may become high-level prosecutors and that the advisory opinion for high-level prosecutors is no longer given by the Prosecutor's Section, but by the CSM plenary - the previous provision is thus restored, namely that only prosecutors can become high-level prosecutors and the advisory opinion is given by the Prosecutor's Section of CSM," Toader said in an interview with private TV broadcaster Antena 3.
He specified that the new draft will also solve the problem of wage differences and wage losses for IT workers in the judiciary - what they have lost through the wage law, on the one hand, and the fact that there are still salary differences, although they carry out the same specialised activity in the service of the judiciary.
Thirdly, the Minister added, two legal correlations relating to the jurisdiction of the Judicial Inspection are removed, regarding those who no longer have the right to initiate disciplinary proceedings.
"Tomorrow, I will present to the Prime Minister the draft Emergency Ordinance, which I will then send to the CSM for consultation and the issuance of the advisory opinion," Toader said.
The CSM plenary met on February 25 to discuss the effects of the adoption of OUG 7/2019, in view of the steps to be taken.
On February 25, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila invited at Victoria Palace a representative of every magistrates' associations as well as representatives of the CSM to discuss the legislation in the field of justice.
On February 19, the Government adopted an emergency ordinance amending the laws of justice and banning delegations to leadership positions within the the Public Prosecution Office.