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February 8, 2023

Belina case: Contradictions between Dragnea and Tariceanu on notifying Constitutional Court

Dragnea announces that Tariceanu will notify Constitutional Court


Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Liviu Dragnea announced on Monday, after meeting the Liberals and Democrats Alliance (ALDE) Chairman Calin Popescu Tariceanu, that the latter will lodge a complaint with the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) about a possible juridical conflict between the Government and the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), conflict triggered by the DNA prosecutors’ decision to probe the issuance of the Government decision that saw the Belina Lake and the Pavel Distributary transferred from the state’s ownership to the ownership of the Teleorman County Council.

“I believe Mr Tariceanu will lodge the notification. I don’t know what the Government will do, there can be many options. I know Mr Tariceanu told me he intends to lodge this notification,” Lower House Speaker Liviu Dragnea said after meeting his Senate counterpart Calin Popescu Tariceanu.

Asked why this decision has been reached, since the notification should have been drafted by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader and lodged by the Government, Dragnea said he forgot to demand an explanation.

On September 29, PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated that when the Justice Minister comes up with the draft notification, the Government will lodge it with the CCR, thus notifying it that the DNA is probing the adoption of Government decisions, the PSD leader adding: “if the minister indeed comes up with it.”

Asked whether the CCR will be notified about this, Dragnea said: “Since the Justice Minister came and presented within the Government a series of arguments that would lay at the basis of that notification, it means there are chances for the notification to appear.”

The PSD leader pointed out that this decision is not taken within the party’s political forum. “The Justice Minister, even though I see he has started to come under attack from those who were praising him at one point, I’ve understood he’ll come up with a draft notification based on the arguments he presented in a note or memo at the Government. When he comes, I believe there will be sufficient arguments for the Government to notify the CCR, if the minister indeed comes up with it,” Liviu Dragnea added.

In his turn, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated that the decision to notify the CCR about the prosecutors’ ability to probe Government decisions belongs to the Government, however the document is being drafted by the Justice Ministry and could be ready by Monday. Toader pointed out that constitutional judges will have to point out whether prosecutors can carry out this kind of probes targeting Government decisions, against the backdrop in which the Court has already ruled that prosecutors cannot probe Government ordinances.


Tariceanu contradicts Dragnea and says he took no decision to notify the Court


Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu contradicted his Lower House counterpart Liviu Dragnea, stating he has not taken any decision to notify the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) in the Belina case, as the PSD leader had previously announced.

“I haven’t taken such a decision, but I can tell you I’ve asked the Senate’s services, those who are specialists in Constitutional law, to carry out an analysis, which was done at the Government’s level too from what I know, in order to establish whether there is a solid basis for notifying the Constitutional Court about a potential conflict between the Government and the DNA,” Tariceanu stated when asked whether he has taken the decision to notify the Constitutional Court about a conflict that appeared between the Government and the DNA after DNA prosecutors started to probe the issuance of the Government decision that saw the Belina Lake and Pavel Distributary transferred from the state’s ownership to the ownership of the Teleorman County Council.

On the other hand, the Senate Speaker gave as an example the notification he lodged with the CCR in what concerned Government Emergency Ordinance no.13.

“Similarly, I believe these issues concern all of us who are holding positions of responsibility at Parliament’s level, in order to better reveal what our responsibilities are, meaning the Parliament’s, Government’s and the Public Ministry’s too,” he added.

Tariceanu added that once the conclusions of the analysis carried out by the Senate’s constitutional law specialists are made known the situation will be discussed within the ruling coalition and only then would a decision be taken.


Orban: All kinds of subterfuges used to postpone request concerning Rovana Plumb


The Lower House Judiciary Committee is resorting to all kinds of subterfuges to postpone the debate on the request to lift Minister Rovana Plumb’s immunity in view of a criminal probe, PNL President Ludovic Orban stated at the Supreme Court.

“I don’t know the Belina case in detail, I only know the aspects publicly revealed about the Belina case. Indeed, there are many question marks. In fact, we can see that at the Judiciary Committee, at the Lower House, all kinds of subterfuges are used to postpone the request to criminally probe Rovana Plumb. Obviously, the parliamentary majority wants to form a shield around Rovana Plumb in this investigation, just like it formed a shield around Minister Viorel Ilie at the Senate. I believe this investigation must take place. I reiterate the opinion endorsed by all our actions too, that no probe, no criminal probe request, should be stopped in Parliament and the judiciary must be allowed to carry out its specific procedures,” PNL President Ludovic Orban stated on Monday at the High Court of Cassation and Justice.

At the previous court hearing, Ludovic Orban asked to be heard by magistrates in the case in which he is tried for the use of influence to obtain undue benefits. On Monday, he showed up to be heard at the Supreme Court.


Tariceanu: There’s room for better functioning between ruling coalition parties, between majority and Gov’t


On Monday,  the Liberals an Democrats Alliance (ALDE)  Chairman Calin Popescu Tariceanu declared himself dissatisfied with the fact that he is meeting the Head of Government far too rarely and warned that between PSD and ALDE on one hand, and between the parliamentary majority and the Government on the other hand, there is room for “a better functioning.”

“Now, that maybe I feel the need for more frequent meetings with the Prime Minister, to find out about decisions that the Government has taken or about pending decisions, that’s natural and, lately, I can’t say that the meetings with the Prime Minister, meetings that would make this possible, have been in abundance. Of course, on the other hand, I’m abreast of the most important issues. I only want to say that there is room for better functioning between the ruling coalition’s parties, between the majority and the Government,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated at the end of a meeting he had in his Senate office with his PSD counterpart Liviu Dragnea. The ALDE President had been asked by journalist what is his relationship with the Government and with Premier Mihai Tudose against the backdrop of information that there are tensions between the Government and the political parties that are backing it. Asked whether he is satisfied with the Government’s activity, whether the Government is on schedule with the implementation of the governance platform, Tariceanu said: “When we have a more detailed discussion on platform points that we would analyse in terms of achievements, of deadlines, then I’ll be able to make an ampler statement. At this moment I’m not in the position to tackle this issue.”




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