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September 16, 2021

Presidential Administration: Information circulated by Dragnea not correct; Venice Commission President met CCR chief

The Presidential Administration informed on Friday, at AGERPRES’ request, that President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio (photo) had a meeting with President of the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) Valer Dorneanu, revealing that the information circulated by the leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea is not correct.

“Unfortunately, the information circulated by Mr Dragnea is not correct: President of the Venice Commission had yesterday [Thursday – e.n.], at 12:00 hrs, a meeting with President of the CCR, right at the Court headquarters. Moreover, President of the CCR was invited and participated in the first session of the conference held on Thursday after-noon, where President of the Venice Commission delivered a speech,” the Presidential Administration mentioned for AGERPRES.

Chairman of the PSD Liviu Dragnea stated he is “very unpleased” by the fact that a meeting between the Venice Commission and the CCR wasn’t included on the schedule of the international event that was organized on Thursday and Friday at the Cotroceni Palace.

“I am very discontent that the people who organized this event didn’t include a meeting of the Venice Commission with the CCR. I don’t think that is okay. The Venice Commission has as main attributions, the constitutions of the respective countries. The fact that they have come to Romania and the ones who organized a meeting didn’t think about arranging a meeting between the Venice Commission and the CCR it’s not okay and an important moment was lost,” Dragnea stated on Thursday.

On Thursday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, President Klaus Iohannis welcomed Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) Pedro Agramunt, and Chairman of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission), Gianni Buquicchio.

The meetings took place on the side-lines of an international conference titled “Interaction between the political majority and the opposition in a democracy”, going on at the Cotroceni Palace, between 6-7 April, under the aegis of Romania’s President and the Council of Europe’s secretary general.

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