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October 22, 2021

Ungureanu Gov’t appeals against verdict in the case of UMF Targu Mures

Shortly before the end of its mandate, the government led by Ungureanu yesterday appealed against the court verdict that suspends the enforcement of the Government Decree on founding the Medicine and Pharmacy Faculty with the Medicine and Pharmacy University of Targu Mures.

The spokeswoman of the Targu Mures Court of Appeals, Anuta Dusa told Mediafax that the acting government filed an appeal against the verdict pronounced last Friday. “The Government faxed us Monday an appeal signed by Dezsi Attila, secretary general of the Government of Romania,” Dusa said. According to the source, the case will be sent to the High Court of Cassation and Justice.The enforcement of the Government Decree that allows the founding of a new faculty within UMF Targu Mures was suspended Friday, following a decision of the Targu Mures Court of Appeals, which accepted a request to this view, made by the management of UMF. Hours before the government’s decision was made public, UDMR President Kelemen Hunor announced the intention of the Executive to appeal the verdict. The measure had been anticipated Saturday by UDMR Senator Marko Bela, who said that “the government still in charge” must challenge the decision of the Targu Mures Court of Appeals. Marko described the verdict on UMF as “an abuse,” adding that he is worried because of the situation created by the verdict of the Court of Appeals. “I must tell you that I am concerned over the discourse about Hungarian-language education, now; I am worried because of what is going on at UMF Targu Mures because, as you saw and I mentioned, there are many Hungarian-language institutions of education in Romania. Plus, in the case of UMF Targu Mures, nobody wants to split this university, but to create decision-making structures within it. (…) I believe that the first priority is – and must be – asking for the trial to be transferred somewhere else and, of course, the verdict must be challenged in court,” Marko Bela said.UDMR Senator Frunda Gyorgy yesterday voiced his confidence that nominated PM Victor Ponta will find “a just solution” for UMF Targu Mures but, if a Government Decree is adopted that will cancel the rights that were obtained, he will take the issue to the Council of Europe.The appeal made by the outgoing cabinet is without precedent in Romanian politics, because the outgoing cabinet challenges not only a court sentence, but the very no-confidence motion named ‘Stop the blackmailing government. Not this way, never!’ adopted by the Parliament on April 27, 2012. One of the three points of the motion referred precisely to the infringement of the university autonomy principle, by reorganising UMF Targu Mures.USL leaders announced that one of the first measures of the Ponta government will be canceling the respective decree. “I did not change my mind. I can make the decision Tuesday, if I am voted by the Parliament on Monday. Until then, I am only the nominated prime minister,” Victor Ponta said. Although Ponta met the leaders of UDMR yesterday, neither he, nor the ethnic Hungarian politicians said anything about this thorny issue. The nominated minister of Education, Ioan Mang said during hearings with the pertinent committees of the Parliament that he will personally go to Targu Mures and talk with the professors and students of the university, to decide over the best way of action. “The issue of the Targu Mures University currently has a court solution, and its finality will probably be in December. The minister will have the same position as the government. Actually, this is a political issue whose solution will be decided by the Ponta Government,” Mang said.

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