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January 25, 2022

New ANRE leadership, confirmed by Parliament. Opposition blames politicisation of the institution

The new leadership of the Regulatory Committee of the National Regulatory Authority for Energy (ANRE) was confirmed on Wednesday by the joint plenum of the Lower House and the Senate, in a meeting marred by tough exchanges between the representatives of the Opposition and Meeting Chairman Calin Popescu Tariceanu.

Dumitru Chirita was confirmed as president of the ANRE, with 220 votes in favour and 79 against.

Nagy Bege Zoltan was confirmed as vice president of the ANRE, with 220 votes in favour and 79 against.

Cornelia Sulger and Gheorghe Gabriel Gheorghe were confirmed as members of the Regulatory Committee, both with 219 votes in favour and 80 against.

The vote was secret, with paper ballots.

They were appointed for five-year terms in the offices vacated once the terms that started on 23 October 2012 expired, according to the Romanian Parliament’s decision.

During the debates, PNL and USR blamed the politicisation of the ANRE. PNL’s Lower House whip Raluca Turcan stated that, after the Court of Accounts and the Ombudsman, ANRE is now being added to “PSD’s political lapel.”

“Voted today is the filling in of the ANRE structure, and PNL MPs do not understand why we must cast another vote within the plenum. The National Executive Committee’s decision or the Parliament’s statement taking responsibility for adding the ANRE to the political lapel of institutions controlled by the PSD would have been sufficient. The party-state first started with the Court of Accounts, the Ombudsman, the ASF…,” Turcan said.

Meeting Chairman Calin Popescu Tariceanu cut the PNL MP’s microphone, arguing that she was making political statements.

“Mr Chairman, you’re being abusive. I’ll stand here until you come to your senses,” Turcan told Tariceanu.

“You’re mistaking Parliament for a public market. Observe the Regulations otherwise I’ll be forced to ask the quaestors to set things in order,” Tariceanu replied.

After insisting some more, Raluca Turcan concluded her speech, accusing PSD of transforming the ANRE into “a political puppet.”

“Nastase also tried to cut all microphones and that didn’t help him at all. This shouldn’t be our behaviour here. We look with concern at this approach regarding the role you impart on the institutions subordinated to Parliament. Nastase also wanted to control the institutions and that didn’t serve him at all,” PMP’s Lower House whip Eugen Tomac said in his turn.

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