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December 2, 2022

President Iohannis determined to hold referendum on EP elections day, civil society representatives claim

Consultations between President Klaus Iohannis and civil society leaders on a referendum on justice legislation concluded at Cotroceni Palace on Tuesday afternoon, with the Head of State’s decision to

hold this referendum  on the day of the European Parliament elections, participants in the meeting  have said.

When leaving the consultations, they pointed out that when the meeting started the President sat down and said: “I’m determined to trigger the referendum.”

“We went to demand the start of this referendum, and we received this good news that it will happen,” founder of the Initiative Romania organisation Elena Ghioc announced .”There is a conclusion and that is the organisation of a referendum on Justice, President Klaus Iohannis just announced us at today’s meeting with representatives of the civil society. (…) We went there to request the starting of this demarche, we received this good news that it will happen (…) on the day of the elections to the European Parliament, on 26 May 2019,” Ghioc stated, according to Agerpres.

“It will certainly happen, it’s not a matter of ‘almost’ or ‘maybe,’” another participant to the consultations said.

Attending the consultations were leaders of the Funky Citizens, Expert Forum, Legal Resources Centre, Romania Initiative, December 89 Association, FreedomHouse Romania, Romanian Centre for European Policies, Pro-Democracy Association, Public Innovation Centre, Geeks for Democracy, # Rezistenta, We Can See You from Sibiu, Courage forward, Cluj-Napoca Anti-Corruption Umbrella, VeDem Just, Active Watch, Romanian Youth Council, Social Dialogue Group, Corruption Kills, as well as journalists Emilia Sercan and Madalina Rosca.

The president said last Tuesday that he was “almost determined” to call a national referendum on May 26, at the same time with the elections to the European Parliament.

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