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October 27, 2020

Simina Tanasescu, appointed CCR judge by President Iohannis

President Klaus Iohannis signed on Monday the decree appointing Simina Tanasescu to judge of the Constitutional Court of Romania for a 9-year term, starting June 9, the Presidential Administration said in a release.

Tanasescu , a former presidential adviser will replace Constitutional Court judge Petre Lazaroiu.

She resigned from that capacity in June 2018, following a scandal generated by a meeting she had with CCR judge Petre Lazaroiu.

Simina Tanasescu was accused of trying to pressure Constitutional Court judge Petre Lazaroiu, whom she told she had “the unpleasant task” of talking to him about his dismissal from the CCR, an NGO having lodged with the President a request in this regard.

Back then, Petre Lazaroiu stated that his discussion with presidential adviser Simina Tanasescu, regarding his dismissal from office, could have been an attempt to create a conflict over his mandate, in order to cast doubt on the CCR decision forcing President Klaus Iohannis to dismiss DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi.

Shortly after the scandal started, the Presidential Administration announced that Simina Tanasescu did not represent the Romanian Presidency in the discussion she had with the CCR judge.

Petre Lazaroiu was appointed at the Constitutional Court of Romania by then-President Traian Basescu, on 16 September 2008, for a two-year term, after one office remained vacant following the death of Petre Ninosu. Lazaroiu was reinvested in office on 2 June 2010, for a full nine-year term. Consequently, his term is set to expire on June 2 this year.


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