On Thursday, President Klaus Iohannis sent a letter to Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, saying that the proposals for the Ministry of Development and the Ministry of Transport, Lia Olguta Vasilescu (photo) and Mircea Draghici, still don’t meet the legal requirements, so that he still cannot approve these nominations.
The President invoked the provisions of art. 85 paragraph (2) and art. 105 of the Constitution, as well as those of art. 2 of the Law no. 90/2001 on the organisation and functioning of the Romanian Government and the ministries, according to which members of the Government may be persons who have Romanian citizenship and domicile in the country, have the right to exercise their electoral rights, have no criminal convictions and are not found in one of the cases of incompatibility provided in Book I, Title IV of Law no. 161/2003 on certain measures for ensuring the transparency in the exercise of public dignities, public functions and business environment, prevention and sanctioning of corruption, with the subsequent modifications and supplements, and the Constitutional Court jurisprudence.
Gov’t secretary general Grebla: We’ll probably send Vasilescu’s and Draghici’s criminal records to Cotroceni
The Secretary General of the Government, Toni Grebla, on Thursday said that, most probably, in the next days, the Government will send Olguta Vasilescu’s and Marian Draghici’s criminal records to the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, adding that he believes that President Klaus Iohannis will continue to have the same “attitude” when it comes to the nomination of the two to the Ministry of Development and the Ministry of Transport, which is why a notification might be filed with the Constitutional Court after all.
“We will probably do this too (sending the criminal records editor’s note) in the coming days, and then we will wait for the President’s reaction and we will act accordingly. (…) Formally, in order to see how far this stubbornness of the President can go, we will act accordingly. However, “it is most probably that his attitude will remain the same. It is understandable and it can only be interpreted in politicianist terms, in the context of the electoral campaign the President got deeper and deeper involved in the past few months,” Grebla told Antena 3 private television broadcaster.
He also confirmed that, given the circumstances, the Government may again go to the Constitutional Court to solve the matter.