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March 25, 2023

The president sends ANI law back into Parliament

The president Traian Basescu summoned, on Wednesday, the Parliament to re-examine the ANI law, suggesting that the public statement of wealth and the confidential one should coincide, except for the personal information, and that statements of those running for public office should, as well, be made public. Moreover, the president proposes that the term in which ANI should keep a watch on persons leaving public office should be three years, as stipulated in the earlier law, rather than one year. The head of state also asks that public servants should state whether the spouse, children over 18, parents or parents-in-law have run or are running, directly or by means of a trading company in which they are associates or shareholders, contracts funded on public money. “As regards statements of wealth and interests presented prior to the enforcement of the present law, we consider they should remain public,” is stated in a release from the President’s office. The National Liberal Party (PNL) deputy Tudor Chiuariu, former minister of Justice in the Tariceanu Cabinet, argues that the president is, in fact, the one to blame for the failure of the ANI Law, by imposing the ruling coalition an unrealistic term for its adoption, which would lead to the EC’s maintaining a close watch over Romania.

The law for integrity in the exercise of public dignities, which is to modify and complete the Law no. 144/ 2007, for the founding, organization and operation of the National Integrity Agency, as well as other legislative acts, was adopted by the Chamber of deputies on April 28, and by the Senate on May 12. It was sent in for promulgation on May 14 and at the end of this week, the legal term of 20 days by which the president should sign the promulgation decree expires.

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