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U.S. Embassy Statement December 11, 2013

December 11, 2013

A basic tenet of democracy is that all people are equal under the law.

The amendments to the penal code passed yesterday in the Chamber of Deputies would represent a step backward for Romania.

It is very discouraging that these revisions were passed with no consultation, no debate, and no opportunity for judicial authorities or civil society to respond to the proposed amendments.

This move by the Parliament is a step away from transparency and rule-of-law and is a discouraging sign for investors, which will negatively affect Romania’s economy. Transparency, predictability and stability are critical factors for all investors, domestic and international, when they consider where to invest.