June 21 marks six months since Klaus Iohannis was sworn in office as President of Romania. Without the backing of the parliamentary majority, in his first six months in office Iohannis did not manage to fulfill many of the promises made in the campaign, stiripesurse.ro informs. On the other hand, the former Mayor of Sibiu had numerous actions in the foreign policy domain. The good relations between the Cotroceni and Victoria palaces also lasted six months, the criminal probe against the Premier generating an open conflict between him and the President.
“The first thing I want to give up is the immunity of the President of Romania,” Klaus Iohannis stated on 6 November 2014. A Constitutional Court decision issued in December however ruled that that would be impossible.
“I ask Parliament to discuss all requests from the judiciary and to approve them all,” the Romanian President stated a few days later. The parties backed him and the MPs gave the impression they would not disobey their leaders’ orders. Even Victor Ponta announced that PSD will approve all judiciary requests. The miracle lasted only two months however, and Iohannis expressed his disappointment as early as March.
The President proposed the creation of a Code of Incompatibilities because, he said, the law is ambiguous. Not only did he fail to find backers, but the MPs themselves came up with legislative proposal that decriminalize conflict of interests.
The Head of State also promised he will reform the election laws, but the postal voting idea was lost in political disputes. The Liberals’ project is now stuck within the Electoral Code Commission, Digi24 informs. PSD claims it wants the law but PNL accuses the Social Democrats of blocking the commission’s works.
The electoral laws were adopted, however the general elections laws are still waiting their turn on the Lower Chamber’s agenda.
Amending the Constitution, another presidential project, has also been forgotten.
Iohannis also proposed the setting up of a Consultative Council that would order priorities in what concerns Romanians living abroad. This promise did not move closer to being implemented either, but was reiterated again during the President’s consultations with the MPs representing the Diaspora.
The Head of State also touched on the economic sphere. He promised the lowering of VAT to 19 per cent. The Government helped him only partially: it lowered the VAT to 9 per cent on foodstuffs and promised that the standard VAT will reach 20 per cent next year.
In what concerns the achievements, Klaus Iohannis can chalk up the political agreement that will see the Defense budget reach 2 per cent of GDP in 2017.