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September 20, 2019
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President Iohannis promulgates amendments to Referendum Law

President Klaus Iohannis on Friday signed a decree promulgating a bill amending and supplementing Law 3/2000 on the organisation and holding of referenda.

On June 19, the Constitutional Court of Romania ruled constitutional amendments to the law on the organisation and holding of referenda, after dismissing President Klaus Iohannis’s constitutionality objection as inadmissible.

“Although it has already been subject to constitutionality control, as requested by lawmakers (…), we consider that the bill amending and supplementing Law 3/2000 on the organisation and holding of referenda still contains unconstitutional provisions. Thus, because of their normative nature, some provisions in the aforementioned law violate the provisions of Articles 1 (5), 142 (1), 146 (a), 147 (2) and (4), Article 150, Articles 152 and 156 of the Constitution,” Iohannis showed in his objection.

He also urged Parliament to re-examine the bill, but the request was rejected by the Legislature.

According to the law, a national referendum on the revision of the Constitution takes place on the last Sunday of the 30-day period counting from the adoption of the piece of legislation on the revision of the fundamental law in Parliament, and the Government will make it public.

“Citizens are called upon to express their will by voting in a national referendum on the revision of the Constitution on the last Sunday of the 30-day period provided for in the Constitution, counting from the date of adoption by Parliament of the constitutional law bill, while the Government will be under an obligation to make public, immediately and by means of mass media, the text on the ballot and the date of the referendum,” the bill says.

By this piece of legislation, the President of Romania is virtually removed from the procedure of organising a referendum on the revision of the Constitution, because, until now, Parliament would draft separate bills every time such a referendum was held, which the President would promulgate or resubmit to Parliament for re-examination.

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