The Senate speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu has filed the appeal against the Belina file at the Constitutional Court on Monday.
“The Senate speaker, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, has asked the Constitutional Court of Romania today to solve the constitutional conflict between the Government, on one hand and the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice and the National Anti-corruption Directorate, on the other hand. As the notification to the CCR says, the legal conflict came up following the DNA’s criminal investigation over the legality of the government resolutions no 858/2013 and no 943/2013,” a Senate’s press release says.
According to Tariceanu’s notification, the constitutional legal conflict is generated by the criminal investigation on a government resolution. “Or, according to the Constitutional Court itself, the adoption of the government resolutions is the Government’s primary attribution,” says the Senate speaker.
Tariceanu asked CCR to determine the existence of a legal conflict between the Public Ministry and the Government and also to ascertain that this conflict is caused by the fact that DNA has assumed the authority of investigating the opportunity and the legality of the two resolutions.
Tariceanu also required that CCR should state that in the future “prosecutors will not be able to investigate the circumstances, the opportunity and the legality of the government resolutions”.
The anti-corruption prosecutors have recently opened an investigation probing into the transfer of the Belina island from the public authority into the authority of the Teleorman County Council. Investigators say the transfer was illegal, with two former Social Democrat female ministers, Sevil Shhaideh and Rovana Plumb, being investigated for counter-signing the government resolutions that enabled the taking-over.