President Klaus Iohannis has notified the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) over the law that Oks the transfer of the Official Gazette from the Government to the authority of the Chamber of Deputies (the lower chamber of the Romanian Parliament).
The president’s notification comes after he had requested the re-examination of the law last year, but the parliamentary majority had passed the draft again in a similar form to the previous one.
Klaus Iohannis argues that the transfer of the Official Gazette under the authority of the lower chamber is rather ‘declaratory’, as the law doesn’t mention how the chamber will exert its authority.
The head of state also considers that the secretary general of the Chamber of Deputies is given too many prerogatives. “We consider that the Chamber of Deputies’ authority cannot be exerted by delegating it to the Standing Bureau or to the secretary general, as, according to the Constitution, no other body or person can replace the will of the Romanian Parliament, which is also expressed by vote,” reads the President’s notification.
Moreover, Iohannis considers that the new amended law gives room to the excess of power and random. “The release of some legislative acts cannot depend on the will of a high ranking civil servant,” he points out.
The Official Gazette passed under the Government’s authority in 2012 when Victor Ponta was prime minister.