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April 12, 2021

Ex-president Basescu complains to Government about protocol house, warns he will sue the Executive

Former president Traian Basescu filed a preliminary administrative complaint at the Government, warning about his intention to appeal to a court if the Executive does not assign a free protocol house for residence and working office, to which he is legally entitled as a former head of state.

‘The undersigned Basescu Traian, in my capacity of former head of state of Romania, in accordance with Article 1.1.2 paragraphs g, h, i, m and n and with Articles 7 and 8 of Law No. 554/2004 on administrative litigation, formulate the present Preliminary Administrative Complaint against the authorities’ refuse of assigning a protocol house for free use as a residence and of a working office – rights to which I am entitled as a former President of Romania,’ the document reads.

Basescu points out that his second 5-year presidential term ended on December 21 2014; before this date, namely on September 30 2014, he asked the State Company for the Administration of State’s Heritage and Protocol (RAAPPS) and the General Secretariat of the Government, in accordance with the laws in force, for the following: ‘the free use of a protocol house as a residence and the free use of a working office.’

Following a correspondence between the two institutions, RAAPPS concluded that ‘the real estate property that meets the criteria for assigning as an official residence (…) is Villa IA and its surrounding land in the village of Snagov, commune of Snagov, Florilor Street 151, Ilfov County.’

RAAPPS has communicated to the President of Romania Chancellery within the Presidential Administration the steps taken to apply the law; it attached a table listing seven real estate properties that could be assigned as protocol houses.

Apparently, only two of the seven houses – No. 6 and 7 in the table, namely Villa 11 and Villa IA, respectively, both in Snagov, and both having the approval of the Protection and Guard Service (SPP, in charge of protecting incumbent and former heads of state and other high officials) – meet the legal criteria. Basescu claims RAAPPS should have proposed one of them, and so far it failed to comply, Agerpres informs.


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