President Klaus Iohannis promulgated, on Friday, the law regarding the withdrawing of rights granted to former Romanian heads of state if they’re proven to have been workers or collaborators of the communist-era secret police known as the Securitate.
The normative act regards the amendment of article 1, paragraph (3) of Law no. 406/2001 regarding the granting of rights to persons who had the quality of Romanian head of state.
“The provisions of the current law will not benefit the persons whose quality as head of the Romanian state ceased following the committing of an offense for which he was convicted or following dismissal from his position through referendum, nor those which have been proven to have been a worker of the Securitate or collaborator of it,” says the promulgated law, Agerpres reports.
According to Law no. 406/2001, persons that had the quality of head of state of Romania benefit throughout their life from the following rights: a) free use of a protocol house, as a residence, which includes a space to be dedicated as a working cabinet, complete with one position for adviser and one for secretary; b) a monthly indemnity worth 75% of the indemnity granted to the sitting Romanian president; c) protection and security, as well as free use of an automobile, ensured permanently by the Security and Protection Service, according to regulations in force.
Former Romanian Communist Party dignitaries cannot benefit from Law of Gratitude
On Friday, President Klaus Iohannis promulgated the normative act to amend and supplement Law of Gratitude for the victory of the Romanian Revolution of December 1989, for the anti-communist workers’ uprising in Brasov in November 1987 and for the anti-communist workers’ revolt in Jiu Valley – Lupeni – August 1977 no. 341/2004, which stipulates that former Romanian Communist Party (PCR) dignitaries do not benefit from its provisions.
“The persons who are proven to have held at least a function or a leading position within the local, regional or national governing bodies of the Romanian Communist Party in the period 1945-1989 do not benefit from the provisions of the present law. The persons who are proven to have held at least a function or a leading position within the local, regional or national management bodies of the patriotic guards in the period 1945-1989 do not benefit from the provisions of the present law,” stipulates the law.
According to it, the persons requesting the issuance of the certificate are to submit, together with the application, an authenticated affidavit that it does not fall within the mentioned provisions, under the sanction of the criminal law.
In case of annulment of a certificate, the responsible State Secretariat will propose to the President of Romania the withdrawal of the title assigned based on the former