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June 25, 2022

Constitutional revision back on the agenda

At the weekly Government meeting, President Traian Basescu brought up again the subject of amending the Constitution, saying that he would limit the revision strictly to the changes stemming from the 2009 referendum, meaning unicameral Parliament and the number of MPs reduced to 300.

He pointed out that the current Constitution is good ‘in its essence’ and therefore it needs no radical changing, but just the removal of certain ‘ambiguities’. ‘I believe an event is coming for which you should not leave things until the last minute. If you intend to make any changes to the electoral law you should make them in due time and not in the last minute, as it happened in the previous term,’ Basescu warned.

In the context, the head of state asked the ministers to also take into consideration the administrative re-organisation of the country. ‘In my view, as part of the process of reforming the state, we should also consider a possible administrative re-organisation of the country that would reduce a lot of the current bureaucracy and would allow for regional approaches in development projects.’ The government is currently looking into the possibility of downgrading towns and communes whose administration has proved to be ineffective and of re-configuring the country into regions rather than the current counties. The new administrative organisation should be completed by January 1, 2012.

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