PSD deputies file draft bill for mayors, fail to consult ANI

Social-democrat Liviu Dragnea says the document was drafted especially for Klaus Johannis.

On Tuesday, the Chamber of Deputies adopted a draft bill which allows mayors and County Council chairmen to represent their communities in the general shareholders’ assemblies of community development associations, but failed to consult the National Integrity Agency (ANI) beforehand, according to Mediafax. The bill draft was brought forth by six PSD deputies including Florin Iordache and Marin Neacsu.
“Given the non-existence of explicit provisions, in our opinion, by way of abuse and excess of power, ANI has assessed that the positions of mayor and county council chairman are incompatible with that of representative of a village, town, municipality, or county in the general shareholders’ assembly of the community development association. For this reason, we believe this situation should be unequivocally regulated and mayors and county council chairmen should be recognized as entitled representatives of administrative territorial units in the general shareholders’ assembly of community development associations, a capacity which they can delegate by way of administrative action,” the initiators of the draft explained in their substantiation report.
The National Integrity Agency has publicly disagreed with the amendment of Law 51/2006 by which mayors or county council chairmen are permitted to be members of general shareholders’ assemblies in community development associations, arguing that it was not even consulted in this respect.
When asked to comment on the adoption of this bill, PSD leaders Victor Ponta and Liviu Dragnea said the bill also refers to Liberal Klaus Johannis, “who can now run for president.” “They (editor’s note – the Liberals) helped us with that incompatibility law because it also involves Mr. Johannis. He can now run without a problem,” Ponta said Wednesday, according to Mediafax.
In turn, executive PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea stated that in his opinion the bill was “drafted” specifically for Klaus Johannis. “I didn’t vote, but I believe it’s a bill that was drafted for Mr. Klaus Johannis; I heard he had some problems. Now we know he can run for president,” he said.

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