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Vice PM Kelemen Hunor and David Muniz, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy to Bucharest, discussed about the Special Section


The vice-premier Kelemen Hunor (leader of he Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania – UDMR, at rule) announces that he had a meeting with David Muniz, the Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy to Bucharest, when they discussed the dismantling of the Special Section.’All the members of the coalition agree with the closure of the Special Section, the only question is where the competences of this special department are to be transferred’said Kelemen Hunor, mentioning that the position of his party is that the files be sent to the General Prosecutor’s Office.


 ‘The Special Section for Investigations in Justice (SIIJ) was, among others, the topic of the dialogue I had with Mr.David Muniz, the Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy to Bucharest. 


I mentioned, during the meeting, that all members of the coalition agree with the dismantling of the Special Section, the only question being where the competences of this special department are transferred. The Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) ’s position is very clear: the SIIJ competences should be transferred to the General Prosecutor’s Office’ wrote, on Wednesday Kelemen Hunor on Facebook.


The UDMR leader considers that’ this would be the fair way and at the same time, it would be very important for the citizens, as this is only way in which to guarantee that the judge and the prosecutor are independent in the procedures and the decisions’.


 ‘During the same meeting, the issue of persons trafficking was also tackled, issue which affects Romania. In order to eradicate the phenomenon it is necessary to have tighter cooperation between the institutions of the state, several European states, the church and non-governmental organisations’ the UDMR leader said.


The Section for Investigation of Crime in Justice which seems to deal with cases motivated politically, continues to function, says a last-week report of the State Department of the US which refers to the investment climate in Romania.


Romanian deputy prime minister Kelemen Hunor, the president of UDMR - one of the two junior partners in the three-party ruling coalition, announced on July 27 that the deadlock regarding the abolition of the special section for investigating magistrates (SIIJ) was not overcome and that the discussions continue in the coalition. The party became, since the ruling coalition formed in January, the key player in the negotiations for the justice reforms, although the reformist USR PLUS manages the Ministry of Justice.


"Today, we did not overcome the deadlock; there were two or three compromise proposals, they must be put on paper, they must be analyzed, we will return in the coming weeks," he said, according to B1tv.ro.


Kelemen Hunor outlined the three alternative solutions. However, none of them is supported by the senior ruling partner - the National Liberal Party (PNL). Liberal leader Ludovic Orban made clear that PNL did not accept UDMR's solutions and came up with his own alternatives.


Dan Barna, the second deputy prime minister, expressed hopes that "a final version of the compromise will be drafted." He also rejected the three alternatives outlined by UDMR, not commenting on the Liberals' solutions.


USR PLUS is managing the Ministry of Justice through minister Stelian Ion.

"Very clearly, however, the UDMR option, that of not abolishing the Special Section, but only of moving it to the General Prosecutor's Office as a directorate, is not supported by either the PNL or us. That is why we are trying to find another option. (...) They must also be discussed at the Ministry of Justice," Barna explained.