Government approves again draft law to amend Constitution

The Cabinet on September 30 returned to the bill to amend the Constitution’s provisions concerning the judges and powers of the Superior Council of Magistracy.

Presenting the proposed amendments, Minister of Justice Fadei Nagachevski mentioned the exclusion of the probation period for judges, institution of functional immunity and unification of the formula for appointing judges. The bill also stipulates the formula for reforming the Superior Council of Magistracy.

“The bill was discussed with the Council of Europe last week and on September 28 and 29. Today, the Council of Europe issued a statement, saying that the draft constitutional amendments meet the Venice Commission’s requirements. The Council of Europe also reiterated that it will continue to work closely with the Republic of Moldova to facilitate the full and effective implementation of the reforms in the justice sector,” stated Fadei Nagachevski.

The minister also said that the bill will be remitted again to the Constitutional Court, which rejected it once, so that it reaches Parliament as swiftly as possible.

The adoption of this law forms part of the international commitments made by Moldova, including for obtaining financing from the IMF.

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