PM Ciolos summoned in parliament to explain the replacement of Prefects: ‘Others will follow’

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Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has explained in Parliament on Monday that Prefects and deputy Prefects who were sacked “either did not perform or were not politically equidistant”. Also, the Prime Minister announced there will be more dismissals, as since 2009 no contests were organized for the offices of Prefects and deputy Prefects and the appointments were made without observing the procedures, digi24.ro reports.

PM Ciolos stressed that naming and replacing Prefects is a government prerogative.

“I confess that, looking at the issue of debate today, I’ve hesitated in coming in front of you to attend the debate. As I see art. 206 of the Chamber of Deputies regulation, I don’t understand why the criteria for appointing the Prefects are part of the major interest issued for the political, economic or social life, it’s an administrative issue for the government, according to the current legal framework. Appointing and dismissing Prefects are the government’s exclusive competence, while the criteria envisaged for appointing the Prefects are part of an analysis process at government level, through the Interior Ministry. I don’t intend to detail the cases, it’s the executive’s prerogatives,” Ciolos said.

Nevertheless, the Prime Minister said that the legislation regarding the appointments of Prefects and deputy Prefects has been diverted from its original purpose and stressed that previous governments have appointed some people in positions of prefect, without observing the process, which affected the impartiality of this office, and the work of the ones on the position of Prefect.

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos was summoned by the Chamber of Deputies to explain the arguments for which he replaced several Prefects.

The idea of summoning in Parliament the Prime Minister was ALDE’s, however, PSD and UNPR agreed on this approach, challenging the way how Prefects have been changed.

In February new prefects have been replaced, and four others earlier this month.

This is the second time Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş is summoned by Parliament to give explanations. The first time he was summoned was about three weeks ago, following the scandal regarding Intact Group and the National Fiscal Administration Authority (ANAF).

 

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