Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis wants to let the Romanians through a ban on amnesties and Pardons in the case of corruption offences to the vote.

In the case of the Referendum on the day of the European elections (26. May) is planned to be asked of the citizens, moreover, whether Changes in the criminal law by emergency Ordinance, should remain permitted, and whether the possibility of the constitutional court, is to be expanded.

Iohannis sent this referendum topics on Thursday to the Parliament. Currently, critics, and the EU-Commission plans of the Romanian government Provide, by Ordinance, a penalty reduction and the shortening of the limitation periods for corruption offences.

emergency orders take effect immediately and can subsequently be used by the Parliament to be abolished. But the consequences of the cancellation of legal, because Romania has always the for the accused in a more favourable law is applied – even if the law enforcement or during court proceedings was, at the time of the offence, while only for a short time in power.

The emergency orders can currently only be challenged by the Ombudsman for citizens ‘ rights, to the constitutional court. The current Ombudsman is Victor Ciorbea is considered to be loyal to the government. With the Referendum Iohannis wants to achieve that other institutions get in these cases, the right to constitutional complaints.

From an Amnesty by the Chairman of the ruling social Democrats (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, is likely to benefit. He should not be Prime Minister, because he has a criminal record because of election rigging but he is in control of the government. Dragnea is also because of incitement to abuse of office before the courts and because of alleged embezzlement of EU funds in the crosshairs of the Prosecutor’s office.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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