USR, PMP leaders appeal to PNL to sign notification to Constitutional Court on Administrative Code

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MPs of the Save Romania Union (USR) and the People’s Movement Party (PMP) called on National Liberal Party (PNL) colleagues on Tuesday to sign the notification to the Constitutional Court (CCR) on the Administrative Code adopted by the Chamber of Deputies.

The motion, also supported by the non-affiliated MPs, was announced on Monday evening in the plenum of the Chamber of Deputies.

USR Chair Dan Barna said that, in its adopted form, the Administrative Code turns Romania into a feudal state.

“We need 4 signatures at the moment and we call on PNL, as no PNL member has signed this request, we call on them to grant us the 4 signatures because there is a much more important stake for Romania than to spoil the joy of some special pensions that I understand mayors in office are very enthusiastic about. We have today to collect the 4 signatures and our call on PNL is very firm to get involved in this democratic and necessary process for what an European administration in Romania means and not a Soviet type administration,” Dan Barna said.

Asked if he had discussed with PNL Chairman Ludovic Orban, Barna said that, from what he understands, “PNL does not want to antagonize its own mayors.”

According to PMP chairman, deputy Eugen Tomac, some PNL lawmakers who wanted to sign, along with PMP and USR, the notification to the CCR, “have been banned by the party from signing such an appeal.”

“And the aspects related to absolutely unquestionable issues are those related to the situation that PSD [the Social Democratic Party, major at rule, e.n.] negotiated with UDMR [the Hungarian Democratic Union, e.n.] on the use of the minority language in the communities with over 20pct of the population,” added Tomac .

PMP Deputy Marius Pascan argued that the formalisation of a new language of certain minorities in the public local administration is validated, contrary to Romania’s Constitution.

 

Draft  law on the Administrative Code received the final vote of the Deputies’ Chamber on Monday

 

The draft law on the Administrative Code was adopted on Monday by the Deputies’ Chamber with 175 pros, 33 cons and 15 abstentions. The draft law provides, among others, that the mayors, deputy mayors, county council chairmen and vice chairmen who were elected after 1992, will receive a special pension within the limit of three terms, and they also can have the capacity of a registered sole trader or a person who exploits an individual enterprise or a family enterprise. The opposition criticized the law, claiming that thus “the public function is deconstructed” and said they will challenge it to the Constitutional Court, while PSD claims that the draft law represents the coalition’s desire to streamline the administration.

At the beginning of the plenary session, the draft law on the Administrative Code was returned to the Committee for about 20 minutes.

Deputies’ Chamber is the decisional body; after solving the notifications to submitted to the Constitutional Court, the draft law will be sent to the President to be promulgated.

During the last week debates, PNL MP Paul Dobre said that drafting the Administrative Code is one of the most important laws for the functioning of the country, but PSD-ALDE have “deconstructed” the public function by the amendments brought to the legislation.

“Today, we start debating on one of the most important laws for the functioning of the country. Beyond all the systems, both the central and local public administration are the strength structure of the Romanian state. After 1989, a number of laws that amended the administration compared to the old socialist-communist system have been adopted. (…) I think that the draft law, as initially presented, was much better, unfortunately, than the one that is now debated. This is because during the debate, before being sent to the Senate, the PSD parliamentary group and our colleagues from ALDE have actually deconstructed within the specialized Committee, an extremely sensitive and important part of this body, which is the public function. After 25 years of efforts, programs, important funding, EU, World Bank, we dismantle through this Code the National Agency of Public Servants. All that remains are the building, the manager, the doorkeeper and a mailbox. Unfortunately, through this Code, this brutal intervention of our colleagues from the coalition allows the administration to be politicized beyond a normal and natural level. In English, the term is public servant, because this person is in the citizen’s service, not in the service of the temporary elected person. The view of our colleagues from the majority parties is exactly the opposite” Dobre stated.

PMP Chairman Eugen Tomac mentioned he doesn’t agree with granting special pensions for the local representatives of the people, thus having a different status than the other citizens of the country.

“I want to announce you here, today, that we are witnessing a national secret agreement. What happens today is a very clear issue, namely there is an agreement establishing that the Parliament will give a vote today by which the local representatives will have a different status than the other citizens. I understand that there is a justification for the effort we make here on the role that we have. We don’t understand that the public dignity function, the position of a people’s representative, is an honor that the society gives us. We want special pensions. I am definitely against the idea of having special pensions, and I am definitely against the idea that any representative of the people should have a special pension, a different status than the other citizens. It is an honor for us that people, in this country, delegate the power to the representatives. We mustn’t create privileged categories for ourselves and benefits we can use by the vote we give in Parliament. PMP is against the idea to create special pensions. (…) PMP, together with the other opposition parties, will challenge to CCR this anti-Romanian Administrative Code”, Eugen Tomac announced.

UDMR MP Attila Korodi said the draft law will have an impact that will “substantially reform the relationship between the Romanian state and the citizen” and announced that UDMR will vote for the initiative.

“Today, we are in a turning point for the Romanian local administration. We have before us an Administrative Code whose impact will substantially reform the relationship between the Romanian state and the citizen. We have before us a draft law that brings us closer to what the state represents in the 21st century. The Romanian local administration will become more modern, closer to the citizen, more efficient in solving the day-to-day problems of the people. (…) Thanks to the contribution of all the parliamentary parties, we managed to improve, to develop the initial form of the draft law. Today, we have the chance to give an urge to Romania to continue on the path of development and decentralization. Therefore, UDMR will vote for the adoption of the new Administrative Code” Korodi stated.

PSD MP Niculae Halici added that this Administrative Code represents the desire of the PSD-ALDE coalition to streamline the administration.

“Regarding the public servants and their status, many things have been changed, meaning that we manage and succeed to streamline and professionalize the public servants’ body. They will report annual written assessments, and those who will have the preparation and efficiency requested by the heads of the public institutions for that year will stay, and those who will not, will leave where they correspond better. (…) Actually, PSD-ALDE Coalition’s desire is to streamline the administration, either the central or the local one. (…) The citizen’s interest is the one in the day-to-day life, in relationship with the administration of which we are complaining for so long, and for which we haven’t done many things, we only added in each parliamentary session and by each Government an ordinance, a decision, a letter, an article, and this only bureaucratized and made the work of the public servants and dignitaries even harder” Niculae Halici explained.

USR MP Nicusor Dan said that this Administrative Code is “one step forward and five steps back”. He criticized the fact that the prefect is turned into politician, and a mayor escapes if he delegates an attribution to a manager.

“The Administrative Code is one step forward, indeed, and the Ministry of Development must be congratulated for the fact that several normative acts have been gathered in one law. It was a substantial work and in terms of form, we are making a step forward, but regarding the content, we are making five big steps back. Today, we are making one step back – we turn the prefect into a politician (…) We could make at least the secretary of the prefect institution to be independent from the prefect and handle with this legality issue, but through the Administrative Code, we give him managerial attributions and explicitly subordinate him to the prefect. (…) A mayor who delegates an attribution to a manger will not be accountable anymore. We make the mayor not being accountable for what happens to the municipality he rules”, Nicusor Dan said.

At the beginning of June, the Specialized Committee for the Administrative Code, led by the PSD MP Marcel Ciolacu, issued a positive opinion on all the amendments that were brought. The PSD, PNL, ALDE and UDMR members voted for the amendments, while USR refrained from voting.

 

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USR, PMP leaders appeal to PNL to sign notification to Constitutional Court on Administrative Code

 

MPs of the Save Romania Union (USR) and the People’s Movement Party (PMP) called on National Liberal Party (PNL) colleagues on Tuesday to sign the notification to the Constitutional Court (CCR) on the Administrative Code adopted by the Chamber of Deputies.

The motion, also supported by the non-affiliated MPs, was announced on Monday evening in the plenum of the Chamber of Deputies.

USR Chair Dan Barna said that, in its adopted form, the Administrative Code turns Romania into a feudal state.

“We need 4 signatures at the moment and we call on PNL, as no PNL member has signed this request, we call on them to grant us the 4 signatures because there is a much more important stake for Romania than to spoil the joy of some special pensions that I understand mayors in office are very enthusiastic about. We have today to collect the 4 signatures and our call on PNL is very firm to get involved in this democratic and necessary process for what an European administration in Romania means and not a Soviet type administration,” Dan Barna said.

Asked if he had discussed with PNL Chairman Ludovic Orban, Barna said that, from what he understands, “PNL does not want to antagonize its own mayors.”

According to PMP chairman, deputy Eugen Tomac, some PNL lawmakers who wanted to sign, along with PMP and USR, the notification to the CCR, “have been banned by the party from signing such an appeal.”

“And the aspects related to absolutely unquestionable issues are those related to the situation that PSD [the Social Democratic Party, major at rule, e.n.] negotiated with UDMR [the Hungarian Democratic Union, e.n.] on the use of the minority language in the communities with over 20pct of the population,” added Tomac .

PMP Deputy Marius Pascan argued that the formalisation of a new language of certain minorities in the public local administration is validated, contrary to Romania’s Constitution.