A true vote war took place in Senate on Wednesday for the election of the new judge who will fill, until 2019, the seat vacated by Toni Grebla’s controversial resignation. The winner was Simona Maya Teodoroiu, supported by PSD.
There were just two candidates – Maya Teodoroiu, proposed by PSD, and Monalisa Neagoe, proposed by PNL. UNPR Senator Ruxandra Jipa announced in the plenary session of the Senate shortly before the voting procedure that she was withdrawing from the race at the request of Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea, President of UNPR.
The vote was a test for both parties that brought all their available members to participate in the especially important decision.
Simona Maya Teodoroiu has been Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice since April 2013, after three months spent as Secretary of State with the Department for Infrastructure Projects and Foreign Investment headed by Dan Sova. In December 2013, after Iulia Motoc had left her position to become a judge at ECHR, Simona Maya Teodoroiu was the option for CCR. However, at the time, Toni Grebla was preferred.
Simona-Maya Teodoroiu had been a Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice before, in the Adrian Nastase Cabinet, from May 2002 until February 2005, when Rodica Stanoiu and Cristian Diaconescu were Ministers of Justice.
In 2005, Justice Minister Monica Macovei dismissed her. ‘A secretary of state (…) who dealt with European integration with minus, not zero results, very poor performance in the area, no one in Brussels still wants to talk to, is now being brought back to the Ministry of Justice. This is he restoration’, Macovei was saying about Simona Maya Teodoroiu in 2012.
Toni Grebla resigned the Constitutional Court following corruption charges.