President Klaus Iohannis has sent a new notification to the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) on Friday, warning on a constitutional exception on the bill revising the local public administration law and on the statute of the local elected officials.
The head of state argued the bill contains unclear, inaccurately drafted provisions, which break the constitutional principles and several articles from the Constitution.
On January 11, President Klaus Iohannis appealed to the CCR the normative act for amending and completing the Local Public Administration Law no. 215/2001, which establishes a new procedure regarding the validation, after the establishment of the local council, of the local councillor mandates. The Constitutional Court of Romania has admitted his notification in February.
“We have admitted the petition, considering that the Prefect has no powers to replace the decision of the competent local authority to validate its structure,” said the Constitutional Court Chairman, Valer Dorneanu, back then.
Lawmakers from most of the parties represented in Parliament (PSD, UDMR, PNL and PMP) have filed a new draft bill to revise the statute of the local elected on March 12, this year, so that the local leaders should benefit of special pensions, just like the senators and deputies. There has been a similar attempt in 2016, but the Constitutional Court declared it unconstitutional.