Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said in Brussels on Thursday that a series of planned changes to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, currently on agenda of the Romanian Parliament, are "too big and too speedy".
Asked by a journalist if he considered going to the Parliament to tackle the situation, he said he would not say what he considered doing for the time being, but "we will certainly have a lot of talk on the issue".
He said he had shown skepticism about the changes since the very beginning and urged the Parliament to show "maximum responsibility" in dealing with these changes", as "they would have long lasting effects".
His statement came as a special parliamentary commission, which has been pushing for a lot of changes to the laws regulating Romania's judiciary, has decided to discuss a series of amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code. Previous changes to the laws of justice have sparked huge criticism and been described as an attempt to subdue the judiciary politically. The changes to the criminal codes have already been blasted by a series of judicial institutions and other bodies, including the national anti-corruption body, the DNA, and the prosecutor's office dealing with organised crime, DIICOT.