President Klaus Iohannis has referred Law 304/2004 on judiciary organisation to the Constitutional Court (CCR). This is one of the three laws of justice with amendments carried out by the legislative body.
The head of state had sent it for review to the parliament, but the chairman of the special parliamentary committee on the laws of justice, Florin Iordache, announced, even before reading the President’s document, that the law will be returned for promulgation in the initial form. Last week the law was returned from Parliament to the Presidency for promulgation, so the head of state has referred it to the CCR, ziare.com reports.
It is not the first time that President Iohannis challenges Law 304 to CCR. The first time CCR rejected the notification on the objection of unconstitutionality, late in May, arguing that the head of state has exceeded the legal deadline to notify the court.
President Iohannis refers the law to the CCR saying that the Parliament rejected his review request without examining it, thus violating the Constitution for not explaining the reasons of rejection.
Iohannis claims the constitutional principle of separation of powers was violated, because the Parliament avoided examining the review request.
Finally, the head of state warns that this attribution of the presidential office becomes empty of content and any request for review becomes purely formal.