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Former PM Grindeanu – validated for becoming ANCOM head

The Senate’s Committee for economy, industry and services and the Committee for information technology and communications of the Deputies’ Chamber on Tuesday approved the nomination of former Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu as head of the National Communications Administration and Regulation Authority (ANCOM).

The proposal was adopted with 15 votes “in favour”, seven ‘against” and one abstention.

At the hearings, Grindeanu specified that he is currently apolitical, considering that he was expelled from the Social Democratic Party (PSD).

The joint opinion of the two committees regarding the appointment of Grindeau at ANCOM will be further submitted to Parliament for voting by plenum.

On Monday, Premier Mihai Tudose nominated ex-Premier Sorin Grindeanu as president of the National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM), after Adrian Dita resigned last Friday.

Dita was appointed in office back in May, succeeding Catalin Marinescu at the helm of ANCOM.

PSD President Liviu Dragnea had stated last Thursday, at the Palace of Parliament, that he agrees with replacing the ANCOM President and did not deny that ex-Premier Sorin Grindeanu may be appointed at the helm of the Authority.

On May 11, Parliament’s joint plenum confirmed Adrian Dita as President of the National Authority in Communications, with 236 votes in favour and 10 against.

From November 2015 to May 2017, Adrian Dita was Telekom Romania’s Director for Public Affairs. At the same time, from March 2011 to May 2017, he was also CEO of Romconnection Consulting, according to his LinkedIn account. From 2010 to 2011, he was Corporate Affairs Director within International Railway Systems, a group controlled by businessman Cristian Burci. From June 2004 to January 2010, he was Vodafone Romania’s Corporate Affairs Director.

On April 27, the Grindeanu Government amended, via emergency ordinance, the law on the functioning of ANCOM, deciding that the Authority’s president and vice presidents will be nominated by the Government and confirmed by Parliament’s joint plenum. Prior to that, ANCOM’s leadership was nominated by the Government and confirmed by the President of Romania.

The Presidential Administration criticised the changing of the appointment procedure, seeing it as an amputation of the Romanian President’s prerogatives, labelling the new procedure as non-transparent and stressing that it sends a worrisome signal.

 

 

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