Romanian senate passes bill limiting judicial independence

Last week, Romania’s lower house passed legislation that would restrict the independence of its judiciary. Now the country’s senate has approved the same bill.  As Reuters notes,

The three bills jointly limit magistrates’ independence and set up a special unit to probe crimes committed by magistrates. This makes magistrates the only professional category with a prosecuting unit dedicated to investigating them.

The bill passed on the same day that the European Union decided to begin hearings against Poland for imposing restrictions on its judiciary.

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