The leadership of the Senate was notified, on Monday, by the Constitutional Court regarding the vacancy of a judge position following the resignation of Toni Grebla, and as such the Standing Bureau decided to start procedures for the designation of a new member of the CCR. Senate Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu on Tuesday said the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday will hear the candidates for the office of CCR judge.
‘At Monday’s meeting of the Standing Bureau, we considered the notification from the Constitutional Court that officially mentioned the resignation of CCR judge Toni Grebla and the office having been consequently vacated. It is incumbent of the Constitutional Court to publish in the Official Journal Mr. Grebla’s decision to resign, and we also decided to start off procedures for the appointment of a new CCR judge. Hearings to this end will be held on Wednesday by the Judiciary Committee, when the final vote will also be cast,’ said Tariceanu.
He added that the Senate’s Standing Bureau was also notified about the Public Prosecution Service’s request to allow the apprehension of Grebla, but the request was left without a subject following Grebla’s resignation.
Asked whether the nomination of the candidate to replace Grebla as CCR judge should come exclusively from the Senate group of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the one having nominated Grebla, Tariceanu explained that the PSD MPs argued at the meeting of the Standing Bureau that normally, they should be the one to come up with the nomination, but the opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) MPs voiced some ‘not that strong objections.’
‘In principle, anyone can come up with proposals,’ Tariceanu said, adding that the list of the candidates will have to be submitted to the Judiciary Committee for hearings of the candidates.
About the resignation of Grebla as CCR judge having not been published in the Official Journal, Tariceanu said that procedurally speaking, the notification of CCR to the Senate over the office vacancy following a resignation has to be submitted after the document is published in the Official Journal.
Simona Maya Teodoroiu-sole candidacy submitted to Legal Committee for CCR judge position
Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Senate, Catalin Boboc (National Liberal Party – PNL), mentioned on Tuesday that a sole candidacy was filed for the post of judge with the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR), the proposal coming from the Social Democrat Party (PSD) group in the form of Simona Maya Teodoroiu.
Catalin Boboc stated that the other parliamentary groups in the Senate may also file proposals for candidates, the deadline being set for Wednesday, at 13.00, the deadline coinciding with the beginning of hearings of candidate by the Senate’s Legal Committee.
“Until 13.00, when the hearings are to start, the groups can propose candidates. The parliamentary group may file proposals because the seat is assigned to the Senate, not to the PSD. If Mr. Grebla was proposed by the PSD… yes, agreed, but that’s it”, said Catalin Boboc, on Tuesday, at the Senate.