Peter Michalko: New Parliament should support reforms in justice sector

The justice sector is an area in which no progress has been made, but regression is yet witnessed, said the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova Peter Michalko. According to the European diplomat, the promotion of persons with serious integrity problems to key posts in the justice system shows that the system is fully nonfunctional. The new Parliament that will be elected on July 11 will have the duty to support the reforms that will ensure the independence of the judiciary and the fight against corruption, IPN reports.

Peter Michalko said he is completely disappointed with the fact that the justice sector of the Republic of Moldova is far from being independent even if huge sums were invested in this sector.

“Justice is an area in which no progress has been made. The reforms in the justice sector should be implemented as swiftly as possible so that the people see that changes in society are possible. The influence of the political or economic interests in justice was emphasized in the past and this thing didn’t change. Persons without integrity problems are needed in the justice sector. The people who in the past took part in the capture of the state and justice return and are promoted,” Peter Michalko stated in the talk show “Expertise Hour” on JurnalTV channel.

He voiced hope that the citizens of the Republic of Moldova at the snap elections will elect a Parliament that would support all the bills aimed at reforming the justice sector. According to the diplomat, the fair and independent judiciary offers predictability to foreign investors and this ensures economic growth and jobs.

“It was also seen at the presidential elections that the people want changes and reforms. People who would really fight corruption are needed. An end result is necessary in the bank fraud case. Surely, it is not Parliament that investigates, but the new Legislature should be credible and should be able to support a Government that will make these reforms possible,” stated Michalko.

The Head of the EU Delegation in Chisinau Peter Michalko completes his duties in August. According to press reports, he could be replaced by Janis Mazeiks, Latvia’s former Representative to the Council of Europe. The information hasn’t been confirmed or refuted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova.

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