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Constitutional Court to debate USR’s initiative to review the Constitution, “No Criminals in public offices” on March 26

On March 26, Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) will debate the legislative initiative to review the Constitution, belonging to the Save Romania Union (USR), which the party named “No Criminals in Public Positions” (“Fara penali in functii publice”). Thus, the Court will check if the citizens’ initiative observes the limits of the Fundamental Law.

Also, CCR will check if USR’s citizens’ initiative fulfills the technical requirements, namely the number of signatures.

On September 21, 2018, USR has foiled at the Parliament the second part of signatures for the initiative “No Criminals in Public Positions”, more than 780,000 signatures, thus fulfilling the requirements provided by the law in order to trigger the referendum, namely 500,000 signatures from 21 counties.

The initiative “No Criminals in Public Positions” proposes that Article 37 of the Constitution, which regulates the right to be elected, should be complemented by a new paragraph with the following content: “Citizens who are subject to a final sentence establishing punishments that involve deprivation of liberty for intentional offenses, cannot be elected in the local public administration bodies, the Deputies’ Chamber, the Senate and as the Romanian President, until a situation that removes the consequences of the conviction occurs”.

Referring to this initiative of USR, PSD MP Catalin Radulescu explained at the beginning of this month, that a complaint has been submitted to the General Prosecutor’s Office against the initiative “No Criminals in Public Positions”, because USR falsified more than 500,000 signatures.

In reply, USR announced that they will file criminal complaints for abuse of office against Silvia Mihalcea, the General Secretary of the Deputies’ Chamber, and against Georgica Toba, the head of the Legislative Department, for forgery in official documents, in relation to the initiative “No Criminals”.

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