CSM Chairman Andreies: Transparency is a priority theme to EU and elsewhere in the world

Chairman of the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) Virgil Andre ies on Thursday told the 7th annual meeting of the General Assembly of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ), going on in Bucharest, that transparency has become a priority both on the agenda of the European Union, and at a global level.
Andreies said the annual meeting of the General Assembly of the ENCJ is already shaping up as an important event to the judiciaries of Europe because they have created a framework for a partnership and an exchange of good practices, information and ideas about the specific parts and powers of the judiciaries.
He said the theme of the General Assembly this year, transparency and access to justice, is of a special importance in the current context.
‘The whole world is going trough a time of challenges generated by the financial and economic crisis. It is an axiom that it is such times the judiciaries have to display even more firmness in fighting against crime, particularly crime that entails foreign jurisdictions, such as economic and financial crime, including corruption and terrorism. At the same time, economic hardships are expected to lead to increased states of litigation in the society,’ said Andreies.
The CSM chief said that, on the other hand, asking traders to observe ther contractual obligations and quickly solving divergences are two elements that can condition in such hard times the very survival of a commercial company, on which the welfare of its employees and their families depends directly.
‘That is why it is essential that all the judiciaries improve their performance as public services, both in terms of justice quality, and in terms of speed and securing free access to justice. From this point of view, it is of overwhelming importance that citizens are provided the information they need to know the functioning of the judiciary mechanisms, so that they may be able to choose the best ways to capitalise on their rights enshrined in the law,’ said Andreies.

He added that justice transparency and secured free access to justice in all the European states is a premise on which a common area of security, freedom and justice can be built that the European citizens want.
‘Maybe also because of these reasons transparency has become a priority theme on both the agenda of the EU and at a global level. Citizens’ trust in the independence, integrity, transparency and responsibility of the judiciary is an essential premise in the functioning of a genuine democracy.
The judiciary has to win the respect of the citizens, and not the other way around. Fully independent, governed by principles of ethics and transparency, the judiciary will thus be able to define its part and image in the society,’ said Andreies.
CSM is playing host, May 27-29, to the 7th annual meeting of the General Assembly of the General European Network of Councils for the Judiciary.
CSM has invited to attend delegations from all the 18 ENCJ member councils, 12 delegations from the councils for the judiciary or justice ministries that are ENCJ observers, as well as officials of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Consultative Council of European Judges, the Court of Justice of the European Communities, the European Judicial Training Network and the Network of Presidents of Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union.
Romania’s Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) became a member of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary on January 1, 2007.
The European Network of Councils for the Judiciary was officially established in Rome on May 20, 2004, when the ENCJ Charter was approved. Its main aim is to preserve and develop the European Union as an area of freedom, security and justice.
In 2008, ENCJ became a non-profit organisation with a legal personality, with a permanent establishment in Brussels and own leading bodies. It currently has 18 members and 12 observers.

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