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ForMin Aurescu reiterates concern over build up of Russia's military presence in Alliance's neighborhood

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu reiterated his concern regarding the build up of Russia's military presence in the Alliance's neighborhood, as well as his call for de-escalation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) informs in a press release.

Bogdan Aurescu attended on Friday an extraordinary meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs, where the heads of diplomacies discussed "in depth" the security situation in the Eastern Neighborhood and in the Black Sea region generated by the massive deployment of Russian troops in Ukraine's vicinity and the relevance of these developments for the Euro-Atlantic security.

Referring to the current complex security situation, Minister Aurescu reiterated the Romanian side's stance on the need to strengthen NATO's position of deterrence and defense in a coherent and comprehensive manner on the entire Eastern Flank, included, and particularly at the Black Sea, says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On this occasion, the head of the Romanian diplomacy also expressed support for NATO's dual-track approach to Russia, consisting of both firm and credible measures of deterrence and, on this basis, of dialogue, without compromising the principles, values and commitments that represents the foundation of the Alliance.

Bogdan Aurescu also referred to the stakes and implications of these security developments at NATO level, emphasizing the importance of Allied unity and the further strengthening of the transatlantic relationship and highlighting that the Alliance has a special responsibility for preserving the European security architecture and rules-based international order.

He also mentioned the importance of continuing the Alliance's coordination with the European Union, as a "key pillar" of the Western community, alongside NATO, as well as with its neighboring partners, by supporting their resilience and open door policy, included.

Equally, the Romanian Minister reiterated our country's support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, within its internationally recognized borders. 

JusMin Predoiu: Judicial Crimes Investigation Section to be abolished by end-March, no replacement by 2.0 version


Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu said on Friday that the Section for the Investigation of Judicial Crimes (SIIJ) will be abolished by the end of March, and no similar prosecution structure of some "SIIJ reloaded" sort will take its place.

Speaking at the Ministry of Justice, Predoiu said that bill on the dissolution of the Special Section will be presented to the government in February and then sent to Parliament for vote, probably in the first half of March, but only provided that it gets the nod of the Supreme Council of Magistrates.

The governing program of the National Liberal Party - Social Democratic Party - Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania coalition provides for the adoption until March 31, 2022 of a regulatory act to end the activity of the Section for the Investigation of Judicial Crimes, which will be be replaced by a new structure that offers "guarantees for the magistrates' independence".

"By March 31, 2022 we will adopt a regulatory act providing for the cessation of SIIJ's activity and the establishment of an institution/agency that offers guarantees for the magistrates' independence and also sets in place efficient mechanisms for a real and effective accountability of the judges and prosecutors, while keeping proceedings impartial and legal, in accordance with the CJEU decision of May 18, 2021, the Venice Commission's opinion of July 2021 and the opinion of the Supreme Council of Magistrates," states the governing program.