On September 4th, 2018 President Klaus Iohannis suspended the meeting of the Supreme Council of Defense (CSAT) which was convened on order to discuss the project of budget adjustment advanced by the Government. In the press statement that followed the meeting, President Iohannis stated that the notice of the CSAT is mandatory when discussing normative acts affecting the budget of national security institutions. The President requested the Government to adapt the draft budget adjustment.
In response, Finance Minister, Eugen Teodorovici claimed that “any delay in the budget adjustment could negatively impact the economy”. He argued that there was no legal ground for suspending the CSAT meeting and requested the declassification of the transcript of the meeting. Also, Teodorovici stated that, that the Government must request the notice of the CSAT for the budget adjustment, but is under no obligation to obtain it, citing Constitutional Court Decisions no. 383/2011, 574/2011 and 575/2011.
On September 5th, the Government adopted the budget adjustment for 2018, thought GEO no. 78/2018 on the state budget and GEO no. 79/2018 on the state social insurance budget. On the same date, President Iohannis, strongly condemned the Government’s action of adopting the budget adjustment, without the notice of the CSAT and asked the Ombudsman to challenge the constitutionality of GEO on the adjustment of the state budget, before the Constitutional Court. The Ombudsman announced that he will consider it.
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