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Why is it important for Romania to ratify Protocol No. 16 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

On August 1st, 2018, Protocol no. 16 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms came into force. Romania is one of the State Parties who signed the Protocol no. 16, but did not yet ratify it, though in 2016 the Romanian Government released for public debate a draft bill to ratify the Protocol.

The Protocol provides the possibility for Romanian Constitutional Court, High Court of Cassation and Justice and courts of appeal to file requests to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to grant advisory opinions on questions of principle relating to the interpretation or application of the rights and freedoms defined in the Convention or the protocols thereto.

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