President Klaus Iohannis delegated PM Dacian Cioloș to attend the European Council meeting in Brussels on December 17-18, the Presidential Administration informed on Friday.
“According to the provisions of article 80, paragraph 1 in the Romania’s Constitution and in compliance with the loyal cooperation principle among the state authorities, as it was also interpreted in the statute law of the Constitutional Court, the Romanian president can authorize the prime minister to attend the European Council meetings,” reads the press release.
The participation at the European Council meetings has been harshly disputed over the years, both between former president Traian Băsescu and former premier Victor Ponta, and also betwen Klaus Iohannis and Victor Ponta.
In September, president Iohannis was stating that Victor Ponta would never attend the European Council. “The prime minister is not attending and will not be attending. This prime minister will never attend the European Council,” Iohannis answered a journalist’s question on Romania’ representation at the European Council in Brussels.
Previously, Ponta mentioned that the president’s presence at these meetings are useless, as they are intended for the prime ministers. In October, about one week before resigning, Victor Ponta stated that someone had to make Romania’s stance public, considering that “the president doesn’t do anything” and he “is silent in Brussels”.
The rows over Romania’s representation at the European Council began in the summer of 2012, amid the political crisis triggered by the attempt to suspend ex-president Traian Băsescu. He refused to delegate PM Ponta to attend the Council, while the premier notified the Constitutional Court on Romania’s presence at the European Council.