President Klaus Iohannis is demanding that Parliament review the normative act amending and adding on to the Law no. 41/1994 on the organization and functioning of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation and of the Romanian Television Corporation, on the grounds that the normative act contains unclear provisions that may affect the functioning of the two institutions.
President Iohannis draws attention, among other things, to the criteria that must be met by the persons who can be appointed as a member or a substitute member on the Board of Directors of the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Corporation (SRR) and of the Romanian Television Corporation (SRTv); the president shows that the law stipulates that during the exercise of the mandate, the Board members are obliged to renounce the membership to the governing structures of the trade unions and says that, from the perspective of the necessity to ensure the autonomy and impartiality of the activity of the members of the boards of the two companies, and also of respecting the constitutional right to information, the norm should be reconsidered as to the compatibility of this membership in the Board of Directors with a leading political position within a political party.
The head of state also points out that the legislative solution stipulating that the Board members cannot be part of the board of directors of a company regulated by the Companies Law no. 31/1990, which has activity in the audiovisual field, and cannot participate in companies regulated by Law no. 31/1990, with which the SRR or, as the case may be, SRTv has business relations or has contrary interests, should also be maintained for the members of the Steering Committee.
President Iohannis also says that the term “well-defined mandate” for the interim director general is unclear, and his attributions should be explicitly indicated in the law. Also, Klaus Iohannis also mentions that in the new draft law, the appointment of the members of the Steering Committee will be carried out without contest and considers that the membership to this forum should be based on objective criteria, which can be ensured only by the exigencies imposed by organizing a contest.
He also points out that the phrase “changed from office” does not have a legal consecration to which the legal consequences of such a measure may be related.