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Local barons get rid of incompatibility problems

The Lower Chamber rejected on Wednesday former president Traian Basescu’s request to re-examine the law that modified the office incompatibilities regime, a law adopted with 227 votes in favour and 3 votes against. Thus, according to the law, mayors and county council chairmen obtain the right to be members of the general assemblies of local utilities companies without finding themselves incompatible with the office held.

The law can no longer be sent back for re-examination, acting president Klaus Iohannis being forced to promulgate it. The president himself was involved in an incompatibility lawsuit in a similar case. According to the new law, such incompatibilities will no longer exist.

The report on rejecting the re-examination request was adopted with 224 votes in favour, 88 abstentions and 3 votes against.

The local public utilities law that stipulated that mayors and county council chairmen are the representatives of communes, cities, municipalities and counties within the general assemblies of intercommunity development associations whose line of activity concerns public utilities services was adopted in June 2014, however President Traian Basescu sent it back to be re-examined in Parliament.

The re-examination request pointed out that this law is not timely because the participation of mayors and county council chairmen within the leadership bodies of intercommunity development associations was not objectively justified since the proposed legislative solutions would have a negative impact on account that they would lead to the sidestepping of the incompatibilities regime. “As an effect of the new law, the National Integrity Agency would no longer be able to note the incompatibility of mayors or county council chairmen that will be part of the leadership bodies of these associations,” the request to re-examine the law read.

The re-examination request points to the necessity to maintain the incompatibility between the office of mayor or county council chairman and the position of representative of communes, cities, municipalities and counties within the general assemblies of intercommunity development associations whose line of activity concerns public utilities services, in order to avoid the overlap between personal interest and the interests of local communities.

Lower Chamber MPs rejected the re-examination request and maintained their previously adopted point of view. Thus, mayors and county council chairmen are offered the position of representatives of communes, cities, municipalities and counties within the general assemblies of intercommunity development associations whose line of activity concerns public utilities services.

At the same time, according to the new law, mayors and county council chairmen can delegate their representation within the associations’ general assemblies.

PSD and UDMR representatives stated that they support the law’s initial form and they oppose the re-examination request, while PNL abstained.

 

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