Update: CCR upholds PM Dancila’s complaint. President is to immediately issue the decrees on the vacated portfolios

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The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) has decided on Wednesday that there is a constitutional legal conflict between the Government and President Klaus Iohannis, after the head of state postponed the appointment of Ministers of Transport and of Regional Development.

After hearing their arguments, the judges withdrew for deliberation, and tilted the balance to the Government.

CCR underscores that President Klaus Iohannis has to “immediately issue the decrees on the vacated two ministers’ portfolios” and to give reasoned answers regarding the appointments of the proposed ministers: Lia Olguta Vasilescu and Mircea Draghici.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila complained to the CCR on December 7 that the head of state does not appoint Lia Olguta Vasilescu to the Ministry of Development and Mircea Draghici to the Transport Ministry.

The Government’s plea was sustained on Wednesday morning by Toni Grebla, the current head of the Secretariat General of the Government and former CCR judge, who resigned after being involved in an influence peddling file during his mandate.

Toni Grebla said on Wednesday in the plenary of the Constitutional Court that the head of state cannot forbid a person to occupy a position of minister for the mere fact that he was once refused to take over a position with the Executive.

Presidential Administration was represented by Mihaela Ciochina, Presidential Advisor with the Legislative Department. She argued there was no reason to find a legal conflict.

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