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March 27, 2023

Frunda: Government officials should participate at the European Council meeting in November

Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) Senator Gyorgy Frunda believes it is government officials who should participate at the European Council extraordinary meeting this coming November, given the budget-related topics to be discussed. Frunda added that the decision is up to Romania’s President, as “there is a Constitution and Constitutional Court decisions” that say it is the president who represents Romania at such level, yet, he could delegate the premier to do it instead. We mention that PM   Victor Ponta Announced he would ask President Traian Basescu to give him the mandate, which according to the Constitutional Court (CC) decision, belongs to the president, to represent Romania at the extraordinary summit of the EU on the 2014-2020 budget, considering that the subject is within “Government’s jurisdiction”, in his turn, Democrat-Liberal  MEP Theodor Stolojan told a press conference  that President Basescu should not delegate to the premier his duty to discuss in Brussels the financial perspective 2014-2020, as the head of state’s credibility and qualification are different from the PM’s. “I believe not only that President Basescu has an altogether different credibility at the level of the European Council from that of Mr. Ponta, who is still suspected of plagiarizing his thesis, which, obviously, is insignificant in Romania, given the pretty high confidence he enjoys from Romanian citizens. While such thing is regarded in Romania as rather unworthy, it is nonetheless quite valuable at the level of European institutions and member states,” Stolojan said. In late June, the CC unanimously decided that it is Romania’s president who shall represent the country at the European Council meetings, a duty which nonetheless could be expressly delegated to the prime minister.

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