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Klaus Iohannis after the political consultations: ‘The next certain step is that these talks materialise in projects’

President Klaus Iohannis on Monday evening, after the consultations with the parliamentary parties and groups, said that there is an agreement on the legislation regarding the local elections, the parliamentary elections and the vote in the Diaspora.

“As a first conclusion, I can say there is an agreement on three big matters. By mid-May, we should have adopted in Parliament and promulgated the law on the local elections and the law on party and election campaign funding,” the head of state announced at the Cotroceni Palace.

He said that the second area in which an agreement was reached with the parliamentary parties and groups was the legislation regarding the parliamentary elections, showing that it was agreed that this draft be completed by the end of this parliamentary session.

The head of state added that in regards with the vote in the diaspora all parties gave guarantees that there is political will and that a political solution will be adopted in due time.

“From the talks I had with the parties, I concluded that opinions are diverse. Whether it’s possible to complete it [the new Constitution draft] or not, I think here’s where the parties should agree a little better, whether they want or not to go deeper in this matter right now, fast,” the President said according to Agerpres.

President Klaus Iohannis appreciates that aligning the law on the statute of the members of Parliament with the Constitution was a very good thing, but criticizes the missing of the same opportunity to streamline the parliamentary procedures on Judiciary’s requests.

“I saw that the law on the statute of deputies and senators was adjusted to be in accordance with the Constitution, which is an exceptional thing, after my notification of the CCR [Constitutional Court of Romania]. My opinion: better later than never! Nevertheless, I saw that the opportunity was not seized to accelerate the process of making more transparent the procedures on Judiciary’s requests of approval of criminal investigations for the MPs who are also ministers , of detaining, searching or arresting [them], the President said.

He claimed that the Judiciary’s requests to the Parliament are a matter of political will, not of agreement.

 

‘We should think whether the special pensions per se must exist’

 

Iohannis disclosed that he has not asked guarantees to this effect from the parties.

“The President cannot asked guarantees from the parties, but from the talks I concluded there’s a will to make the process faster and more open. I am waiting for the results,” he declared.

Also, Iohannis said that there is an agreement on the legislation regarding the local elections, the parliamentary elections and the vote in the Diaspora.

“As a first conclusion, I can say there is an agreement on three big matters. By mid-May, we should have adopted in Parliament and promulgated the law on the local elections and the law on party and election campaign funding,” the head of state announced at the Cotroceni Palace.

He said that the second area in which an agreement was reached with the parliamentary parties and groups was the legislation regarding the parliamentary elections, showing that it was agreed that this draft be completed by the end of this parliamentary session.

The head of state added that in regards with the vote in the Diaspora all parties gave guarantees that there is political will and that a political solution will be adopted in due time.

He reasserted as regards the funding of the political parties, that he won’t promulgate laws that could violate constitutional principles or have legal shortages.

Iohannis mentioned he has spoken with the parties’ leaders about the correction of some provisions that “give the impression that the parties wish to leave a door open to funding,” in particular those referring to the loans from individuals, but also about the necessity of transparency and of existence of some sort of a verification mechanism, declaring himself happy to find that the political parties agreed with these alterations.

President Iohannis found that “slowly, yet certainly” Romania is getting to normality with this kind of consultation of the parliamentary parties and formations.

“I believe it is a step, a new step to another way of politics, a politics of normality. The next certain step is that these talks materialise in projects expected by the politicians and the citizens as well. I could say that after today’s consultations, I’m positive we are on the good path,” Iohannis concluded.

Also, he said that the head of state should not voice opinions on any matter or personally comment any event. Commenting the case of the Romanian citizen abducted in Burkina Faso, mentioned by a journalist, Iohannis asserted he was in contact daily with the competent authorities.

“The President should have the courage of not expressing himself on every single matter. If you want to discuss the unfortunate case of the abducted Romania, I can tell you I have been in contact every day either with the foreign minister or with the crisis task force that was immediately set up in accordance with the laws. I don’t have to take the microphone and tell people what to do; they know very well what they have to do. There are rather complicated procedures, yet very well clarified. I don’t think I have to personally comment every event,” Iohannis said at the press conference following the consultations at the Cotroceni Palace.

President Klaus Iohannis said that one should analyse whether the special pensions ‘per se’ must exist, showing that such a topic must be clarified by those who are elected to do it and that politics in this field should be defined by the Government.

‘Unfortunately, I can see that we are once again getting to talk certain important matters in a very personalized way. It would be excellent if on this occasion the Parliament approaches these matters in a more general way. (…) We should think whether the special pensions per se must exist, why they should exist anymore or if we stay with the general system of pensions. I’m waiting with great interest this matter to be clarified by those who are elected to clarify it. The politics, in general, in this field should be well defined by the Government,’ said Iohannis, at the Cotroceni Palace, in a press conference, after the consultations he had had with the parliamentary parties and formations.

Being asked by a journalist if he was going to promulgate a law regarding the MPs’ special pensions, in case it would be adopted by the Parliament, the head of state said he was waiting to see what happens in the Legislative.

‘As far as I know, the MPs have never decided whether they initiate such a law or not, who stays on the list and who exits it,’ said Klaus Iohannis.

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