The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) has partially admitted the Government’s notification regarding a juridical conflict of a constitutional nature between the Prime Minister of the Romanian Government on one hand and the Romanian President on the other, following President Klaus Iohannis’s refusal to appoint the interim ministers that Premier Viorica Dancila nominated after ALDE decided to leave the ruling coalition. According to the CCR, Klaus Iohannis is obligated to sign the dismissal of ministers, demanded by Viorica Dancila, and to accept the nominated interim ministers. Likewise, according to the Court’s decision, Premier Dancila must go before Parliament for a vote of confidence.
The CCR has decided that the dismissal of ministers and the nomination of interim ministers is the Premier’s prerogative, and the President must sign the relevant decrees.
Likewise, according to the Court’s decision, Premier Dancila must go before Parliament to for a vote of confidence.
During the CCR hearing on the notification regarding the existence of a juridical conflict of a constitutional nature between the Prime Minister and the President, Government Secretary General Toni Grebla claimed that, according to the Constitution, the Head of State has no prerogative in appointing an interim minister and that, because of the Head of State’s refusal, the Government currently has six ministries “that do not function.”
In Toni Grebla’s opinion, President Iohannis’s refusal to appoint ministers is “an electioneering act rather than the act of a President called upon to watch over the observance of the Constitution.”
In their turn, the representative of the Presidency asked the CCR to reject the Government’s request, arguing that ALDE left the Government on August 26 and the structure of the Government thus changed. In this context, Premier Viorica Dancila must go before Parliament for a vote of confidence, the representative of the Presidency added.
The points of view on the case were submitted by the parties involved by September 11.
President Iohannis: Decisions regarding application of CCR decision, to be made after publication and analysis of reasons
President Klaus Iohannis announced on Wednesday that his decisions regarding the implementation of the decision of the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) will be made after the publication of the reasons for this decision and reiterated that Prime Minister Viorica Dancila should come before Parliament for her Cabinet’s validation vote.
“My decisions regarding the application of today’s CCR decision will be made after the publication and analysis of the reasons for the decision, which will probably be published in the next period, but if the Prime Minister wants, as she keeps saying in public, to put an end to this government crisis, the solution is simple: Madam Prime Minister, I will tell you once again, please come immediately to Parliament for the validation vote,” said Iohannis, at Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
PM Dancila: Iohannis has violated Constitution with cynicism and indifference
The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR)’s reply on Wednesday shows “very clearly President Klaus Iohannis’s abuse” as regards the refusal to appoint the interim ministers and to ensure the functioning of the ministries of Energy, Environment and Relations with Parliament, said the Prime Minister of Viorica Dancila.
“Whether we speak of ill will or incompetence, the CCR decision today tells the whole country that President Iohannis has violated the Constitution! Today’s CCR reply shows very clearly the abuse of President Iohannis regarding the refusal to appoint interim minister and to ensure the functioning of the ministries of Energy, Environment and Relations with Parliament. As I said last week, the head of state violated the Constitution with cynicism and indifference, creating a government blockage and delays in granting the rights of Romanians working in these ministries,” the Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader wrote on Facebook.
The prime minister brought to mind that the CCR decision also compels Iohannis to sign the revocation decrees of the ministers that were reshuffled and to motivate the rejection of the proposed new ministers, “a motivation she never received from the president, as was natural in the case of such an act.”