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The functioning of democratic institutions in Romania

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 13052 | 05 October 2012

Mr Andreas GROSS, Switzerland, SOC ; Ms Sonja ABLINGER, Austria, SOC ; Mr José María BENEYTO, Spain, EPP/CD ; Ms Delia BLANCO, Spain, SOC ; Ms Anne BRASSEUR, Luxembourg, ALDE ; Ms Lise CHRISTOFFERSEN, Norway, SOC ; Mr Gvozden Srećko FLEGO, Croatia, SOC ; Mr Burhan KAYATÜRK, Turkey, EPP/CD ; Mr Igor KOLMAN, Croatia, ALDE ; Mr Tiny KOX, Netherlands, UEL ; Mr Pietro MARCENARO, Italy, SOC ; Mr Jean-Pierre MICHEL, France, SOC ; Mr João Bosco MOTA AMARAL, Portugal, EPP/CD ; Mr René ROUQUET, France, SOC ; Mr Stefan SCHENNACH, Austria, SOC ; Ms Ingjerd SCHOU, Norway, EPP/CD ; Mr Urs SCHWALLER, Switzerland, EPP/CD ; Mr Björn von SYDOW, Sweden, SOC ; Mr Vilmos SZABÓ, Hungary, SOC ; Lord John E. TOMLINSON, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Robert WALTER, United Kingdom, EDG

During its fact-finding visit in Romania, 17-18 July 2012, the Presidential Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly was confronted with many rather unusual habits and actions by the various components of the political class – members of parliament, ministers, chairpersons of the institutions – which revealed many constitutional contradictions and the weakness of the institutional framework, as well as a larger problem of political culture.

These worrying findings convinced us of the necessity to elaborate a report on the functioning of democratic institutions in Romania, as a basis to discuss what has to be done to overcome these problems and what kind of constitutional changes are necessary in order to prevent future constitutional and political crises.