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February 27, 2021

Basescu says learned from Brussels Romania made two commissioner nominations

President Traian Basescu said on Saturday that he was surprised to learn Romania has made two nominations for European commissioner and underscored there is an issue of observing the law, since there have been no hearings in the Parliament’s specialised committees on this matter.

‘I seek no dispute, it is the Government’s right to act this way, but I was surprised to learn that we have two nominations communicated to Brussels – Romania is one of the few states to have accepted such request made by President Jean-Claude Juncker. Moreover, I would say we have a problem with observing the domestic law’, Basescu said at the Henri Coanda ‘Otopeni’ Airport before leaving for Brussels.

He explained that the Romanian Government last year promoted a law relating the relation between the Parliament and Government with respect to the European affairs, with the act saying the legislature shall be informed by the executive about the persons named to take positions in the European Union and such persons designated for an European commissioner’s position shall be heard by the specialised committee.

‘Although I learned from Brussels that two nominations were made, I’ve seen no hearing to have taken place’, Basescu stressed.

According to the president, the Romanian representative in the Commission has never been named by the Romanian leader, but following an understanding between the head of state and the executive.

Basescu announced he would insist for a representative portfolio for Romania in the EU executive.

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