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Romania court nixes law allowing officials to own business

March 6, 2018

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A top Romanian court has struck down legislation that would have allowed lawmakers and other public officials to own businesses.

The Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that the legislation approved by Parliament in December wasn’t constitutional.

The development came after President Klaus Iohannis wrote to the court in January, alerting it to the legislation which he said “diminished the standards of integrity” expected of officials and undermined the rule of law.

Iohannis evoked a European Union report that urged Romania to ensure that officials weren’t exempt from laws on the conflict of interest and unjustified wealth.

The EU, magistrates and ordinary Romanians have publicly opposed a judicial overhaul being implemented by the left-wing ruling coalition. They say the proposals will weaken judicial independence and harm efforts to combat corruption.

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