The Liberal MPs are wearing on Monday white armbands in solidarity with the magistrates' protest against OUG 7.
"I recommended to the PNL [National Liberal Party, ed.n.] representatives, especially MPs and MEPs, that today we wear these armbands as a sign of solidarity with the magistrates 'protest against OUG 7, because today there will be a large protest in many prosecutors' offices, in many courts, tribunals, and our message is one of solidarity and support for the legitimate claims of magistrates, namely the repeal of OUG 7 and the dissolution of this Magistrates' Investigation Section which has took on the appearance of an independent platoon of execution, in which the Minister of Justice gives the command to fire, at Dragnea [PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, ed.n.]'s order," PNL Chairman Ludovic Orban stated after the PNL Executive Bureau meeting.
Asked if PNL would initiate other actions, he approved.
"We are in an information campaign so that Romanian citizens know about what is happening in OUG 7 and other OUGs that have been covertly issued by the Government, and PNL's point of view is simple: we support the independence of the justice, the functioning of the judiciary as power in its own right in the state, we support the free access of citizens to justice and respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of Romanian citizens," Orban said.
PNL deputy Ionut Stroe said that the meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the PACE will take place on Wednesday, in Paris, on whose agenda is PNL's call for the referral of the Venice Commission so that the latter can draw up an opinion on OUG 7, OUG 90 and OUG 92.
"It is a positive sign and we obviously appreciate the very rapid reaction of our European partners in relation to our request for the drawing up of this opinion. This clearly shows that the European officials and the European partners of this country very well understand the gravity of the situation arising from the adoption of this Ordinance, which intentionally induces chaos in the entire judiciary. (...) There is an urgent need to correct this situation," Stroe said.