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Wednesday, 03 October

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă`s intervention in the Plenary of the European Parliament

Dear members of the European Parliament,
On behalf of Romania, I thank you for the invitation. I start by clarifying that I didn’t come to account anyone. I came here because I appreciate and respect you and I demand the same valuing and respect for the Romanian people I represent.
I start with an essential question: Who do we want to build a viable justice system in Romania for? For MCV? For the institutions? For magistrates? For politicians? Obviously NOT!
We need to have a fair justice for the citizens! They are the first to benefit of the measures in the European Parliament or in the national parliaments! Citizens must be the start to any discussion! Justice must be a guarantee that laws and citizenship rights are respected, and whoever breaks them will be sanctioned!
It is legitimate to ask ourselves: in what way did MCV defend Romanian citizens for the serious violation of their rights? MCV reports have been a lot about institutions, magistrate appointments, anti-corruption struggle. It is very good! But I have not seen anything about human rights violations, classified protocols between intelligence services and justice institutions.
Based on these protocols, millions of Romanians were under the surveillance of intelligence services in the name of the anti-corruption fight.
There are court rulings showing how evidence has been falsified, how the transcripts of interceptions have been modified to create guilt, or how witnesses have been blackmailed to file a lying testimony.
Nothing about these things in the MCV reports. This means that this mechanism missed its initial purpose. And I officially demand to be told who wrote the MCV reports, who provided the data and, unintentionally or in bad faith, omitted, these inconceivable realities in the European Union!
If we are honest, these serious abuses must be the base to our discussion because they take place in the European Union.
The Venice Commission said that “in the Soviet system, the prosecutor's office was a powerful means of controlling the judiciary”.
Over the last 4 years, over 3,000 magistrates have been investigated by NAD. In fact, half of the magistrates in Romania have had files for years, through which they have probably been influenced to provide solutions established outside the courtroom. I'm not just saying this myself, it’s what the magistrates’ associations in Romania say with great concern too.
Through these counterfeit cases, the office of judge of the Constitutional Court, a vice-president of the Superior Council of Magistracy, four judges of the High Court, several judges of higher courts, a general prosecutor, a chief of the higher prosecutor's office were canceled. Finally, they were all acquitted or the files were sorted out. But they were all removed!
The new laws of justice give judges independence. No political decision-maker intervenes in appointing and revoking judges. Independence is total, but not limited. And you make sure we have good faith and we will take into account the recommendations of the Venice Commission.
There is still a good part of this meeting.
Today we all informed you officially about the abuses in Romania.
From now on, we can’t ignore these things anymore. There will be no talk of justice in Romania without talking about these abuses unless there is a political game with no connection to justice.
Ask yourselves why were these things hidden from you! Why didn’t they tell you anything if everything was legitimate and legal? Ask yourselves these questions before picking up the stone against Romania.
About the 10th of August rally I will only say a few words.
I see the Romanian Gendarmerie being accused of having intervened in an unauthorized rally against violent demonstrators who have tried to occupy the Government building. I did not see the same position towards the last week’s event in Brussels or other rallies in France, Spain, Germany, Britain, when the law enforcement agencies intervened with exactly the same means and the same procedures as those used in Romania.
I can’t accept in any way that the Romanian Gendarmerie is accused of actions and procedures practiced all over Europe!
Finally, I ask you the following: Do not forbid Romania what is allowed in other states of the Union and do not allow to happen in Romania unacceptable things in other member states! We want to be your partner, but to be equal partners.
No one will ever be able to turn Romania out of its European path.
Thank you!

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