The meeting of Mr. Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice, with Mr. Azman Bin Ali, deputy director of the Prison Simpang Renggam, Malaysia

Between 1st and 4th of April, 2019, in Sinaia, the National Administration of Penitentiaries, in partnership with the Norwegian Correctional Service Directorate, organizes the International Conference of the directors of penitentiaries services on the topic of “Contemporary challenges in European prison systems – Preventing the phenomenon of radicalization and reducing overcrowding in prisons”.

On this occasion, on April 2nd, 2019, Mr. Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice, had a meeting with Mr. Azman Bin Ali, deputy director of the Prison Simpang Renggam, Malaysia.

Mainly, the discussions concentrated on the topics of mutual interest for the correctional services in both countries.

The meeting represented a continuation of the steps taken by the Romanian Minister of Justice in the context of the visit from December 2017, context which marked the signing of the Memorandum between the Government of Romania and the Government of Malaysia regarding juridical cooperation. The Memorandum provide different form of cooperation, such as: legislation, good practices and experience exchanges on topics of mutual interest, mutual visits of representatives from both countries judiciary systems, the promotion of programs and projects of mutual cooperation in justice matters. The signing of the Memorandum had an important role towards the progress of negotiations regarding the transfer of inmates in Romania.

During the aforementioned visit in Malaysia in December 2017, The Romanian Minister of Justice visited the Prisons Bentong and Simpang Rengam, in which three Romanian citizens were imprisoned and facing a death penalty.

After the visit of the Romanian Minister of Justice and the signing of the Memorandum between the Government of Romania and the Government of Malaysia, significant changes for the good were made for the Romanian citizens imprisoned in the two prisons, especially the regime of the serving of their sentences. In March 2019, one of the Romanian citizens, Laurențiu Marian Peity had his sentences commuted from the death penalty to life imprisonment.

The meeting represented a great opportunity for sharing the best practices in judicial matters and for the consolidation of collaboration relations, by providing continuity for the steps already taken by the Romanian Minister of Justice.

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The participation of Mr. Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice, at the International Conference of the directors of penitentiaries services on the topic of “Contemporary challenges in European prison systems – Preventing the phenomenon of radicalization and reducing overcrowding in prisons”

In the context of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the National Administration of Penitentiaries organized, in Sinaia, on April 1-4, 2019, in partnership with the Norwegian Correctional Service Directorate, the the International Conference of the directors of penitentiaries services on the topic of “Contemporary challenges in European prison systems – Preventing the phenomenon of radicalization and reducing overcrowding in prisons”.

The Conference is addressed to general directors of correctional services in Europe, but representatives of the Council of Europe from countries outside the European Union also attend the working sessions.

For every member state, the radicalization problem represents a priority. The radicalization of European citizens poses a real threat for the European Union, member states and neighboring countries, strengthened rules and common actions being necessary.

Another important subject that was discussed during the working sessions is represented by the overcrowding in prisons, a factor that affects the social reintegration of inmates. This issue was also raised by the European Parliament, being stated that the member states should quicken the reduction of overcrowding and the prevention of radicalization.

In this context, during the opening speech, the Romanian Minister of Justice emphasized: “This event represents an opportunity to share the best practices on those topics with the representatives of other states and to find the best solutions in order to prevent and stop the radicalization phenomenon and to reduce the overcrowding in prisons.”

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The meeting of Mr. Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice, with Her Excellency Mrs. Lise Nicoline KLEVEN GREVSTAD, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Romania

In the context of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the National Administration of Penitentiaries organize, in Sinaia, on April 1-4, 2019, the International Conference of the directors of penitentiaries services on the topic of “Contemporary challenges in European prison systems – Preventing the phenomenon of radicalization and reducing overcrowding in prisons”.

During this event, on April 2nd, 2019, Mr. Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice, had a meeting with Her Excellency Mrs. Lise Nicoline KLEVEN GREVSTAD, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Romania.

During the meeting, topics regarding the current state of mutual cooperation in justice matters and the collaboration within the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021, Justice Programme, were discussed.

Both officials expressed their commitment for the maintaining of a great collaboration relationship in justice matters between Romania and the Kingdom of Norway.

The meeting represented a great opportunity for the consolidation of bilateral relations that exist between the two states.

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EU to facilitate cross-border mobility of companies

The Romanian Presidency has reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on 13 March on the directive that facilitates EU companies’ cross-border conversions, mergers and divisions. On 27 March Member States’ ambassadors, sitting in Coreper, endorsed this important compromise reached by the Romanian Presidency, through the Ministry of Justice team.

This Directive is one of the two files of the Company Law package introduced as part of the Commission’s Single Market Strategy and proposed by the European Commission in April 2018. On the other file on Digitalization processes and digital tools throughout a company’s lifecycle, the co-legislators reached a provisional agreement on 4 February.

The Company Law Package represented a priority for the Romanian Ministry of Justice, which was responsible for coordinating the activity on both files, being convinced that the two instruments would achieve better results by working together. For the first time in European Union law, rules are provided for cross border conversions and divisions and the regime of cross border merger is improved, the legal framework being adapted to the economic and social realities.

The compromise text introduced a mandatory anti-abuse assessment in a way that the competent authority from the departure Member State, after examining the completion of procedures and formalities and all relevant information, shall not issue the pre-operation certificate if the cross border conversion, merger or division is unlawful and it was designed for fraudulent purposes.

“The business community and the European Court of Justice have increasingly highlighted the need for harmonized rules on the transfer of seat of the companies within the internal market – simple, unitary, modern rules offering adequate protection for the legitimate interests of shareholders, creditors and employees. Mobility is, therefore, a right of honest entrepreneurs and the new directive ensures its effectiveness while protecting against the risk of abuse in the exercise of this right”, declared the Minister of Justice, University Professor Dr. Tudorel Toader.

The proposed directive provides additional protection to employees, ensuring a more transparent approach and effective information to them about the planned cross-border conversion, merger or division and stronger safeguards for creditors and minority shareholders. Also, the directive encourages the use of digital tools throughout the cross border operation. All necessary formalities, such as the issuance of the pre-operation certificate, may be completed in their entirety online. The exchange of relevant information should be done via the system of interconnection of business registers (BRIS).

Source: https://www.romania2019.eu/2019/04/01/eu-to-facilitate-cross-border-mobility-of-companies

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The meeting of Mr. Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice, with His Excellency Mr. Daulet BATRASHEV, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Romania

On March 28th, 2019, at the seat of the Ministry of Justice, Mr. Tudorel TOADER, Minister of Justice, had a meeting with His Excellency Mr. Daulet BATRASHEV, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Romania.

During the meeting, topics regarding the current state of bilateral cooperation in justice matters and the development of the mutual collaboration were discussed.

Both officials expressed their commitment to the development of the mutual cooperation and for the process of finding the best solutions in problems of mutual interest.

The meeting represented a great opportunity for the consolidation of bilateral relations that exist between the two states.

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