Press Room

Remarks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 7 August 2012 statement of the President of the Venice Commission

Press release

MFA has taken note with concern of the elements contained in the statement made by the President of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission), Mr. Gianni Buquicchio, on 7 August 2012.

MFA fully shares the position stated by the President of the Venice Commission to the effect that any pressure on any court, whether constitutional or ordinary, to the end of influencing its judgments or for any other purpose, is absolutely inadmissible.

The Romanian governmental authorities do not and will not make any exception from strict abidance by the fundamental constitutional principle of the rule of law which is the independence of the judiciary or the independence of the constitutional court. Concurrently, MFA considers it is most important – as the President of the Venice Commission shows in his statement – that no political pressure be exerted on the judges.

In case of threats to integrity of the judges, which would be absolutely regrettable, the appropriate legal provisions will be most strictly and firmly applied, and therefore it is essential that such threats be immediately signaled to the relevant authorities.

MFA reminds that in the case of the threats proffered, some time ago, against Constitutional Court judge Aspazia Cojocaru, the relevant authorities of the State promptly started appropriate criminal proceedings, and hopes such proceedings will be completed as soon as possible and the perpetrators will be punished under the law.

Upon instructions from MFA Headquarters, Romania’s Permanent Representation in Strasbourg urgently contacted the secretariat of the Venice Commission with a view to accurate communication of the information that had prompted the 7 August 2012 statement of the President of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, Gianni Buquicchio, so that the relevant Romanian authorities may take the necessary legal steps.