11 NGOs request the resignation of Prime Minister Ponta and are asking the Ombudsman to appeal to the Constitutional Court the 26 ordinances hidden in a single emergency ordinance.
Today, APADOR-CH and ten other NGOs requested the Ombudsman to notify the Constitutional Court on the Emergency Ordinance no. 2/2015, enabling the Government to make changes to 26 laws from various fields. At the same time, the signatory organizations urge Prime Minister Victor Ponta to resign from office.
Although, apparently it is only the second emergency ordinance issued this year, EO 2/2015 (with a neutral title – Emergency Ordinance to amend legislation and other measures) actually includes 26 emergency ordinances and has been published directly in the Official Bulletin on Friday, March 13, without being previously posted on the Government website for public debate.
The signatories believe that this is a way for the Government to try and conceal the abundance of emergency ordinances recorded in past years and a reason for criticism on behalf of both civil society and the European Commission. Basically, the Government thus replaces the Parliament and Romania is governed by emergency ordinances issued at the whims of ministers, disregarding public debate and lacking the constitutional filter of the legislator.
This is the sixth referral of this kind made to the Ombudsman. Since April 2014, APADOR-CH has notified the Ombudsman fivefold for excess on emergency ordinances issued by the Government and requested that they be challenged at the Constitutional Court on the grounds that they are neither urgent nor respect the Constitution. According to a study by APADOR-CH, over the past decade, Romania found itself in an exceptional situation every three days, judging by the large number of emergency ordinances issued between 2004 and 2014. Consecutive Governments have issued 1548 emergency ordinances, an average of 145 per year. (details here)
Given that it is unlikely that a democratic state and a member of the European Union has lived in an exceptional situation all throughout the past decade, APADOR-CH drew attention to the Ombudsman’s role to notify the Constitutional Court of this anomaly, as a “defender of the rights and freedoms of citizens in their relation with public authorities”.
Asociația pentru Apărarea Drepturilor Omului în România – Comitetul Helsinki (APADOR-CH)
Fundația pentru o societate deschisă
Asociația Funky Citizens
Asociația Miliția Spirituală
Asociatia Nationala a Birourilor de Consiliere pentru Cetateni (ANBCC)
Asociația MetruCub – resurse pentru cultură
Centrul de Resurse Juridice (CRJ)
Grupul pentru Democrație Participativă Plenum
Centrul pentru Jurnalism Independent (CJI)
Institutul pentru Politici Publice (IPP)
The full text of the complaint can be found here.