Reform or the return of old habits from the pre-accession period?

The new justice laws as adopted by the Parliament

In September 2022, EFOR analysed the draft justice laws as adopted by the Romanian Government at the end of August and identified the most problematic provisions. EFOR concluded then that aside from not solving the problems generated by the 2017-2018 justice reforms, the draft laws return the justice system to pre-accession standards.

On the 17th of October 2022, the Romanian Parliament adopted the draft laws. Some of the problematic provisions identified by EFOR in September have been solved, in whole or in part, while others remain unchanged.

We briefly analyse below which of the issues identified by EFOR in September 2022 have been solved and which have remained unresolved, as well as some problematic amendments introduced in Parliament.


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