1. The Senate, by the majority of the 68 members attending the meeting, comprising 64 senators from PSD + PNL +UNPR, three from PDL and two from UDMR - deliberately ignored the position of the non-governmental organisation that supported a competent candidate proposed after a rigurous procedure of selection, hearing, consultation and nomination.

2. Comparing the four eligible candidacies, we discovered that, by taking into consideration the "representative of the civil society" criterion, the candidates's position was the following:

  • Antonie Popescu, the candidate of 18 non-governmental organisations, renown for their activities in the field of human rights, good governance, all of them interested in Justice reform in Romania that had certified their support;
  • Daniela Ciochina: candidate from the behalf of the Union of Jurists of Romania;
  • Radu Cornel Andreica, nominated by the League for the Defense of Human Rights in Cluj, with the support of the Romanian Academy from Cluj through "George Baritiu" Institute of History;
  • Ion Ciochina, nominated by the JUDE Romanian Foundation.

All four candidates heard by the Senate Justice Commission and, then, subjected to vote in the Senate's plenary were eligible according to the legislation. The profoundly political vote decided not to send to the Superior Council of Magistracy the true representative of the civil society.

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