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At the end of an experience marked by the failure of our efforts to convince the Romanian state, at the level of its various "democratic" structures, that the process of adopting new codes implies the observance of major democratic principles, we reaffirm these principles while stressing the situations in which they were violated:

Legal provisions can not be the subject of discussion and even less of negotiation; they are opposed to the people's elect as much as the simple citizen

Coding projects, whether they come from the Government or the Parliament, need impact studies to see if Romania has the material and human resources to put them into practice (when 1400 magistrates are preparing to leave the "freshly reformed" system)

Engaging Government's accountability to Parliament, although it is the least democratic form of law enforcement, is preferred by both the Government and the Presidency and the Parliament

The government will be accountable to Parliament on a draft of Parliament! An absolute premiere in the Romanian legal field, the novelty of which is that it decredibles even the institution of liability, by analogy with the revolt procedure of the consensus of "wide national respiration"

The government, although withdrawing its draft civil and criminal code, thus recognizing that it has violated the law of decision-making transparency as well as legislation on legislative technique, is now ready to violate art. 29, paragraph 1, letter d) of the Law 24/2000 regarding the normative technical norms, which stipulates that:

"The draft legislative acts must be accompanied by the following justification documents:

Impact studies - in the case of draft laws of particular importance, of the draft laws on which the Government has committed itself, as well as the draft laws approving the ordinances issued by the Government under an enabling law and subject to Parliament's approval " .

The European Commission, through the voice of spokesman Mark Gray, has sent the message that the four codes must be widely debated in society, their quality being important, the deadline of 15 May not being a deadline requested by the Commission

The Romanian Parliament is in danger of being transformed into the Great National Assembly, to vote for any Government initiative

Parliament manipulates public opinion by promoting the thesis that organizing brief discussions with nongovernmental organizations can replace a real public consultation by failing to explain to the general public that it is not possible to debate and reformulate in a few hours important provisions of the two codes worked in committees for two months. The technique of checking the participation of NGOs in the debates is unfortunately not new.

We ask, therefore, who does this hurry use? What are the advantageous groups of these codes? Why is it undermined by Parliament's role as a legator of this country, and why does this institution accept this to happen?

Faced with the above, non-governmental organizations have decided:

not to present this simulation of public debate

to submit all the comments and amendments to the two draft codes to be submitted to the Presidency. In fact, the President asked them, and it is up to the President to promulgate them. The final form belongs to him.

Coalition "Stop Codes!"

Data publicare: 02/06/2009