PM Viorica Dancila announced during the Government’s meeting of Tuesday that the new Administrative Code will be adopted, mentioning that it is an important project for modernizing the public administration, which puts into a coherent and simplified form regulations that are currently included in 17 normative acts.
“Today, we’re adopting the new Administrative Code, an important project for modernizing the public administration, the result of a large consultation with the representatives of the associative structures. Through this normative act, we create a unitary framework and put into a coherent, a clearer and more simplified form, regulations that are currently included in 17 normative acts”, Viorica Dancila stated at the beginning of the Government’s meeting.
She mentioned that the new provisions will establish mechanisms that will prevent blockages between the public institutions, at both central and local level.
“For more efficiency and transparency, we will establish a clearer procedure and shorter terms for appointing a member of the Government in case of a Government’s reshuffle or in case of a vacant position. The last year’s situation showed that such changes are needed in order to ensure the continuity in all the Government’s fields of activity. For the local administration, we will regulate the procedure of validating by the court’s decision the mandates of the elected local counselors and we will review the situations in which the Local Council is dissolved, so that we will ensure the stability of the local authorities”, PM stated.
Dancila mentioned that the election of the chairpersons of the county councils by uninominal vote is a provision included in the new Administrative Code.
“As you know, we have already adopted the return to the election of the chairpersons of the county councils by uninominal vote, as in the case of the mayors, which regulation is included in the new Administrative Code. The legitimacy of the chairpersons of the county councils will increase, so that they will represent the citizens will, not the result of some political negotiations. We also bring solutions in the case of issuing framework procedures for public tenders, as well as regulations related to the public and private property of the state or the administrative-territorial units. We also bring measures on professionalizing the public servant corps, which will be applied gradually. All these amendments are meant to modernize public administration, to make it more flexible and respond more promptly and efficiently to the citizens’ expectations”, Viorica Dancila also stated.
Iohannis: Endorsement of Administrative Code through OUG, serious attempt to entire administrative system
The endorsement of the Administrative Code through a Government Emergency Ordinance (OUG, ed. n.) is a serious attempt to the entire administrative system in Romania, on Tuesday said President Klaus Iohannis, according to a release by the Presidential Administration.
“The PSD ( Social Democratic Party) wants to strongly demonstrate that to defy the Romanians is number one priority of this gov’t. After endorsing the Administrative Code through an OUG, Romania’s President, Mr. Klaus Iohannis signals that after two years during which the PSD tried by all means to kneel the Judiciary for the sake of some corrupt people, now the PSD wants to ruin the Administration for the sake of the local barons. It is extremely serious that an essential law such as the Administrative Code that engulfs hundreds of regulations currently included in several pieces of legislation, and which basically represents the legal ground of the public administration in Romania, has been endorsed by the Government via an Emergency Ordinance. The OUG is a tool explicitly provided within the Constitution for extraordinary situations only, the regulation of which cannot be delayed,” the Presidential Administration’s release reads.
Suciu: Administrative Code not perfect, will get to Parliament and have necessary corrections
The Administrative Code is not perfect, yet it is a piece of legislation that will reach the Parliament and corrections all the political actors will find necessary will be provided to it, on Tuesday said the Regional Development Minister Daniel Suciu, at the end of the Gov’t sitting.
Daniel Suciu added that the piece of legislation includes regulations, procedures for the validation of the local counselors’ tenures elected via a court ruling and not through the decision of a validation committee.
As for the age allowances for mayors, Minister Suciu argued that for 15 years they had no right “not even to a long service allowance” and had a series of bans.
“The day the Government decides to cancel all of the special pensions, then a decision will be made to cancel the age allowances for mayors,” the minister stressed.