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MEP Norica Nicolai: The constitutional architecture doesn’t give the President’s right to have a discretionary decision regarding the Justice Minister’s proposal to dismiss the DNA Chief

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) MEP Norica Nicolai stated on Saturday at Galati that she doesn’t think that President Iohannis will have a different position than the publicly presented one, regarding the Justice Minister’s proposal to dismiss the head of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), but she said that “the constitutional architecture doesn’t give him the right to have a discretionary decision”.

“I don’t know if the President will have a different position than the publicly presented one. What I know is that the constitutional architecture doesn’t give him the right to have a discretionary decision. If we look at the articles 126 and 132 of the Constitution, the holder of any action related to the professional career of the magistrates or prosecutors is the Justice Minister. If the President would have had a relevant position in this managerial HR process, the constitutional legislator would have made clarifications in the Constitution, but I participated in the amendments of the Constitution in 2003, and we didn’t include this direct provision for one moment, but we said later, by a law, that the President can do this” Nicolai stated.

She argued that if the President would have the possibility to decide on this matter, “it would be an interference in the judiciary”.

“Since we have the constitutional provision which makes the Justice Ministry to be the holder of the action, I appreciate that the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) is the one that has to take the decisions related to the magistrates’ career, and no one can speak about an interference of the politics in judiciary. Whatever our statements are and regardless of how equidistant we want to be, we remain politicians, either we are heads of state or heads of government, and it is humanly understandable  that when you present a certain ideology, you are consistent with the ideology you represent, therefore you remain a politician” Norica Nicolai added.

 

Iohannis: Decision on request for Kovesi’s removal to be made after rather than before Easter

 

President Klaus Iohannis said in Brussels on Friday that a decision on a request for the removal from office of chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi will likely be taken after Easter.

“Certainly, at the right time, I will make a decision. I can tell you that this decision will not be taken before the holidays, but rather after Easter. How the decision will sound I will explain in a public statement at that time,” Iohannis said.

At the same time, he said that he would “draw inspiration” from all the documents that are made available to him by both parties.

 

“I believe in five years we will be able to stabilize our economy and correctly integrate ourselves in a project for the transition to the Euro currency”

 

ALDE MEP Norica Nicolai stated on Saturday at Galati that she believes that Romania isn’t ready yet to adopt the European single currency, since there are disputes within various environments, but she believes that in five years the economy of our country will allow the adoption of Euro

“There is a dispute, and if you look to the academic and economic environment, including the National Bank, you will see that there’s a hesitation regarding the adoption of Euro, and I believe we must get ready, because today we are not ready to adopt the Euro currency, and it is not such an easy project, and it isn’t a political project related to the will of the member states” Norica Nicolai stated in a press conference held at Galati.

However, the MEP believes that our country’s economy will allow the adoption of Euro in five years.

“If the economy will continue to grow and if we manage to change a participation percent of the Romanian capital in our economy, because today 52 percent of the economic growth and of the GDP is provided by the multinationals, I believe that in three or four years we will know that we are talking about a fluid capital that follows the markets, the facilities, and if we cannot succeed in stabilizing the national economy, we will risk to have problems in a pretty difficult global context. Therefore, I believe that in five years we can stabilize our economy and correctly integrate ourselves into a project for the transition to the Euro currency” Norica Nicolai also stated.

The MEP attended on Saturday the ALDE Galati Territorial Election Conference held at Galati, where Cristian Dima has been elected the President of the county branch of the party, after he was the interim President of the branch since April 2017.

On Wednesday, the Government has adopted a GEO establishing the National Committee for setting the national plan for the adoption of the Euro currency, which will be led by two Co-Chairpersons – the Prime-Minister and the President of the Romanian Academy – and by two Vice Chairpersons – the Governor of the National Bank of Romania and a Vice PM in charge with this field.

 

President Iohannis, on adopting euro in 2024: We are out of compliance margin but things can be corrected

 

President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday, when speaking about Romania’s adoption of the euro in 2024 that “temporarily” Romania is out of the compliance margin, but things can be corrected if there is governmental political will.

“At this point and temporarily we have come out of the compliance margin, but things can be corrected if politically desired, and here, there is a need for a governmental political will,” said the head of state in Brussels, when asked whether 2024 was a realistic term for the adoption of the euro by Romania.

He also commented on the Government’s decision to set up the national Commission to draw up the euro adoption plan.

“I do not want to be skeptical of that committee, but we had a committee, which was under the coordination of the BNR. Now we will have a committee under the coordination of the Government. I can tell you that I will not set up a committee under the coordination of the Presidential Administration. In essence, if all these committees gather in a serious forum and the discussion is started on some concrete measures, because it is about concrete things, then 2024 can be considered, ” said Iohannis.

 

 

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