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CCR: Renate Weber resumes her Ombudsman capacity

 Romania's Constitutional Court (CCR) ruled on Tuesday that it is unconstitutional to remove Renate Weber from the position of Ombudsman, and that she will resume her position after the decision was published in the Official Journal.

According to a CCR release, in Tuesday's meeting, the Constitutional Court, unanimously, admitted the notification formulated by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) parliamentary groups in the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies and found that the Romanian Parliament Decision 36/2021to remove Renate Weber from the position of Ombudsman is unconstitutional. 


Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Marcel Ciolacu said on Tuesday that the Ombudsperson had been reinstated, and the Constitutional Court (CCR) unanimously confirmed that the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Save Romania Union (USR) had committed a horrific abuse and attacked the very essence of the rule of law.

"CCR has confirmed today, unanimously, that PNL and USR have plotted a terrible abuse and have attacked the very essence of the rule of law! Upon the notification of PSD, the Ombudsperson has been reinstated, to the despair of Citu, Orban, Barna and the rest of the cardboard anti-corruption gang. I welcome the decision of the Court to strengthen the position of this institution in defending the rights and freedoms of citizens against abuses of power," Ciolacu wrote on Facebook.

He adds that he has seen that Ludovic Orban and Dan Barna "have already been continuing the delirium" and want a new procedure to revoke Renate Weber.


President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday said he was looking forward to see the reasoning of the Constitutional Court in the case of the removal of the Ombudswoman, and underscored in the context that the procedures would probably have to be "refined."

"Given that the Court's decision is very recent, I could not tell you on what grounds it was taken. We need to see the reasoning first, but anyway, I am not used to commenting on the CCR decisions, the procedure will probably have to be refined," the head of state said.