Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) officials are discussing the reorganization of the administrative apparatus after the Parliament rejected the draft law on MAI layoffs. Had it been adopted the draft law would have resulted in the sacking of 9,500 policemen. Thus, the heads of MAI structures presented Minister Traian Igas (photo) yesterday the organizational charts of the institutions they lead in order to analyze them and see where job restructurings can be done. Also yesterday the Minister stated that the number of jobs that would disappear would stand at around 8,000. According to Igas, employing new promotions of policemen this year is “uncertain” too against the backdrop of the same reorganization process.
On the other hand, the government managed to find a legislative loophole that would make the layoffs possible. Thus, the Lower Chamber voted on Tuesday several modifications brought to the Policeman’s Statute, deciding that starting in 2012 the professional reconversion of sacked policemen will be made in the six month after the measures are adopted, not in the six months prior to their adoption. The Social-Liberal Union announced yesterday that it will challenge these modifications within the Constitutional Court.