Minister Toader to prepare referral to CCR, following President’s refusal to revoke and appoint ministers. PSD’s Dragnea says no step made to suspend Iohannis

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Justice Minister Tudorel Toader has announced on Monday that he will prepare a draft referral to the Constitutional Court (CCR) following the decision of President Klaus Iohannis to deny the revocation and appointment of ministers, but said the decision would be made next week.

“This week, until next Monday, I will complete the draft, a possible draft to notify the CCR on a constitutional legal conflict between the Government and the President, a conflict resulting from the refusal of the President to revoke, respectively to sign the proposed ministers. The decision is not made. I will complete the draft at the Justice Ministry together with my colleagues, I will present this project on Monday for a possible referral to the CCR, we will discuss it and then those who have the decision-making power will decide whether or not to address the CCR on such a conflict. The possible referral will most likely be filed, if the Government decides, under the Prime Minister’s signature,” Tudorel Toader said.

The announcement was made on Monday, after the PSD Executive Committee sitting, attended by Toader. It was the second sitting of the PSD leadership attended by Tudorel Toader, a minister self-proclaimed as independent and supported by ALDE in the Dancila cabinet.

He told the journalists that one of the subjects discussed were “the ways to follow” after two ministers “were refused to be appointed with the Romanian Government.”

PSD leader Liviu Dragnea: No steps to suspend President Iohannis

PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea said on Monday, after the party Executive Committee sitting, that no steps will be made to suspend President Klaus Iohannis.

Answering the journalists’ questions, Dragnea said: “No steps are made to suspend the President” and “we don’t take this into consideration.”

Will the CVM report’s recommendations be implemented?

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said another topic discussed on Monday by the PSD leadership is related to the domestic and international discussions “on the way Romania understands to implement the recommendations in the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism report.”

“At the Justice Ministry, we have conducted an assessment on the report” and “arguments on the possible ways to follow during the enactment process, how much and the way to implement the recommendations” were discussed.

Toader said there is a document already drawn, will be developed and probably presented next Monday.

President Klaus Iohannis did not sign the revocation decrees of Development Minister Paul Stanescu and of Transport Minister Lucian Sova, following the proposal filed by PSD, so the positions are not vacant and the two proposals coming from the same PSD – Lia Olguta Vasilescu and Mircea Draghici – cannot be appointed.

The head of state said he would not make any decision on the subject until after December 1, the National Day of Romania.


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