Romania: The decree on extending the term of office of local authorities is unconstitutional, says CCR

Romania: The decree on extending the term of office of local authorities is unconstitutional, says CCR

On Wednesday, the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) declared the government emergency decree, which extends the term of office of local public administration authorities unconstitutional.

The CCR ruled that the measure could not be approved by government decree, but only by law. Consequently, the House of Representatives and the Senate will have to pass a law setting the term of office of mayors and local and municipal councilors before the end of the parliamentary session.

The government’s emergency decree, which provided for the parliament to be responsible for setting the date for the local elections, was also declared unconstitutional. However, the judges clarified that it is up to the Parliament to decide whether the date of the elections will be determined by law or by government decision./ibna