BUCHAREST, Romania – Romania's justice minister has presented a package of proposed changes to the judicial system which would limit the role of the president in naming key officials. Critics say it could weaken anti-corruption efforts.
Minister Tudorel Toader said Wednesday the president should no longer appoint the general prosecutor and the chief anti-corruption prosecutor. He also suggested prosecutors and judges should face punishment for erroneous rulings and prosecutions.
Magistrates being investigated for wrongdoing would no longer be probed by the anti-corruption agency but by the general prosecutor's office.
Romania's current president and his predecessor, both political rivals of the governing party, have championed anti-corruption efforts.
Anti-corruption group Platform Romania 100 said the proposals put the independence of the justice system "in grave danger."