President Iohannis notifies CCR over ANCOM ordinance, ex-PM Grindeanu’s position, in danger

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President Klaus Iohannis has notified the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) over the law approving the GEO 33/2017, through which the ruling power has amended the procedure of appointing the leadership of the National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM). The Romanian president had slammed that he had been removed from the ANCOM appointment procedure since May last year.

Among the arguments raised by the head of state in his complaint there is the breach of the bicameralism principle, as the law passed in Parliament contains new regulation as against the Government’s ordinance.

The new amendments referred to the remuneration of the ANCOM president and vice-president, the assimilation of the authority’s president and VP position to the one of a minister, secretary of state respectively, the procedure of dismissal of the  president and VP, etc.

At the same time, president Iohannis is challenging the adoption of a GEO related to the leadership of the national communications watchdog.

In May last year, after the Grindeanu Government passed the GEO 33/2017, President Iohannis compared the ordinance to the controversial GEO 13. “I am concerned with the ANCOM issue, which is striking similar to the topic of GEO 13. This Cabinet hasn’t unfortunately understood very well which is its role in the constitutional architecture. It was not a matter of legality with the ANCOM ordinance, but of opportunity, the total lack of transparence in the decision-making process,” Iohannis argued back then.

Former premier Sorin Grindeanu was appointed as the head of ANCOM in November 2017. If the Constitutional Court rules in favor of the head of state’s complaint, Grindeanu’s position will be considered unconstitutional.

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