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September 16, 2019
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Any EU citizen could become a mayor in Romania

European Union citizens have the right to be elected as mayor, the MPs members of the special commission for the drafting of electoral legislation decided on Tuesday.

According to an amendment proposed by the commission chair, PNL MP Mihai Voicu, and completed by his colleague, Ioan Oltean, EU citizens have the right to be elected as mayor, local councillor and county councillor.

‘At this moment there are only three countries in EU that do not permit the election of EU citizens, including as mayor. There is a directive that recommends the opposite (…). My proposal is for us to exit this group of three countries. The Constitution allows EU citizens to accede even to the office of mayor’, was M. Voicu’s argument.

The senators and deputies amended the draft law on local election that had already been adopted by the Senate, as first notified chamber. Among other things, it introduces the election of mayors in a single round, the election of county council presidents by county councillors and keeps the electoral threshold for political parties at 5%.

The electoral code commission members on the other hand unanimously rejected an amendment introducing the election of deputy mayors by direct vote.

 

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