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April 19, 2021

PM Ponta: President Iohannis should mediate between SRI and CCR

Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Sunday night that it is President Iohannis’s role to mediate eventual misunderstandings between state institutions, such as the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and Romania’s Constitutional Court (CCR) on the rejection of Big Brother laws.

Being asked at a B1TV broadcast on his viewpoint regarding the conflict arisen in the past days between the SRI and the CCR, Ponta answered: ‘I wouldn’t like to usurp any attribution of the President. Mediation among the powers of the state is an exclusive attribution of the President. (…) Even if we have had no mediator president in the last ten years, now we have, and certainly the President will make it to mediate this issue too and other issues as well, since a lot of those have occurred lately among various institutions or among the public bodies and the civil society.’

The Prime minister denied the information according to which he has had a discussion with former President, Traian Basescu before the appointment of Toni Grebla as judge with the CCR and refused to say whether the latter should resign from office, as a result of the under way Anticorruption body’s investigation.

The SRI director, George Maior said on Saturday that there is a moral responsibility ‘somewhere, in the state’ in connection with the citizens’ security and he would know who to point to, in case of a catastrophe. Maior launched these statements when he referred to some commentaries in the public space against the draft laws known as ‘the Big Brother laws.’

Maior specified that it is about three draft laws – Law of data retention, Law of prepaid cards and the Cyber-law security – yet somebody is inducing ‘with intention an element of confusion with the Big Brother Law’.

‘I am not the person to feel good when pointing at someone, yet it is my duty to say that someone is playing with very big things which one either doesn’t understand or, in bad faith one does approach in this way,’ George Maior added.

As for the prepaid phone cards, Maior said that this draft law offers ‘an absolutely vital analytical capacity’ to investigate certain situations of national security.

He said the decision of the Constitutional Court to reject totally this draft law has created a legal vacuum.


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