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CCIR: The latest amendments to the Criminal Code, extremely toxic for the health of the national business environment

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 The latest amendments to the Criminal Code are extremely toxic for the health of the national business environment and will lead to widespread abuse of companies and entrepreneurs, officials of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR) said in a press statement released on Monday.

"Abuses by state representatives are not only certain, but also very frequent, as confirmed by the decisions of the Romanian courts. Abuses by civil servants endanger job-generating investment and affect the national competition environment. Romanian entrepreneurs from all over the country have met in many situations, among other things, with unjustified delay in cases of opinions required by the law or fraudulent public procurement procedures," according to CCIR.

In the chamber's opinion, Romania needs criminal legislation that complies with the European standards, but any hasty change in the criminal laws will only weaken the credibility of the country in the eyes of the European partners. The inadvertent modification of the Criminal Code creates the perception of the lack of predictability and will negatively affect Romania's credibility as an investment destination.

"We believe that Romania must give a strong signal that it succeeds in anchoring itself to the European democratic principles, and for this, the majority coalition should expect the Venice Commission's opinion, which Romania has asked for. The wait for the Venice Commission's opinion would also be a sign of seriousness on the part of Romania towards its European partners."

CCIR believes that non-discriminatory and firm enforcement of the law, including the possibility of punishing abuses, is an element that will increase investment in job creation.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania is publicly calling on the parties concerned to do their best to repeal these harmful changes that will lead to widespread abuse of companies and entrepreneurs in Romania.



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