The consolidation of the rule of law laying emphasis on the independence of justice and the reinforcement of the democratic mechanisms in order to increase the citizens’ trust in the democratic institutions represent priorities for President of Romania.
The Romanian democracy needs to reach a superior level of its consolidation, this meaning the increase of citizens' trust in the democratic institutions, their efficient function in the citizens' service, improved integrity and more transparency, sustaining participation as well as a clear, steady and predictable legislation.
A nation’s progress commences and has real chances to succeed only on condition that it is based on national cohesion and solidarity. The consolidation of the rule of law, of the constitutional democracy and the authentic safeguard of the fundamental rights and freedoms is possible but under the conjoint efforts of the citizens and the public institutions. President of Romania makes use of all the constitutional instruments in his power to constantly maintain on the agenda of all the authorities and public institutions in Romania the themes the citizens are concerning about, their issues and their priorities, thus stimulating solution identification.
The efficiency of the public authorities and the proper function of the entire public institutional edifice are fundamentally dependent on the professionalism and the integrity of the political class. The Romanian society has become involved and the political class is to follow the same path. With this in view, the re-joint of the politics with people’s needs and expectations is a long-lasting target of the President.
An active and permanent implication of the citizens in the public life is necessary to ensure the transparency of the decisional function, to safeguard the European and transatlantic course of Romania, as well as the politicians’ assuming a fair representation and protection of their electors’ interests.
The Rule of Law and the Reform of the Political Institutions Priorities
In the field of the rule of law and justice independence as well as of fighting corruption, the steps that have been made up to now must be continued. Their guarantee and action in their spirit shall become normalcy in Romania.
The President has an important role in this respect but the whole political class need to clearly apprehend a principle: there is no other way for Romania but extricate from corruption. The goal of this term of presidential office is that up to its end corruption not to be present top of the items on the public agenda and the institutions to function in the interest of the citizens.
The first step in reforming the political institutions and regaining the citizens’ trust in them consists of redefining the legislative framework.
The increased quality of the political act involves renouncing legislative short-term changes for political and electoral purpose and considering a persistent legislation.
The first part of 2015 was dedicated to the commitment to finalise new regulations on local and parliamentary election, on the parties and electoral campaigns budgeting, as well as a new law of the parties to encourage the enlargement of the political space and to allow the extended participation. Since January, President of Romania initiated debates with the political parties and the civil society for this purpose and at the end of the first parliamentary session in 2015 these projects were enacted by the Parliament and promulgated by the President.
In the constitutional system of separation and equilibrium of powers, President of Romania has the attribute of promulgating the laws after they have been adopted by the Parliament. The thorough functionality of the public institutions, of the economy and of the society depends – one way or another – on the extent it is related to law, on how the law is produced, initiated, applied and observed.
Consequently, the President pays close attention to the laws that are to be promulgated. Some of them have been sent for re-examination, after an accurate analysis based on observing the constitutional principles and the obligations assumed by the Romanian state. Apart from certain reports for reexamination, a distinctive theme is the quality and the coherence of the legislation. The citizens’ expectation to have clearer, more unitary and more enduring laws needs to get a suitable answer from the competent authorities.
The Law as a juridical act of the Parliament and as a base of the social relations needs to regain credibility. A flexible legislation, directly linked to the society’s needs and aspirations, freed of populism and long-lasting represents the basis of any state governed by the rule of law and it should become a priority for the whole political class.
Restoring trust in the institutions is a continuous process and requests a permanent engagement. But the outcome of such an approach is so important and beneficial for Romania that no effort is too great for it.
The Romanian society will get developed at its complete potential when there is a fair relation between the citizens and the institutions. That supposes the institutions should restore credibility and act efficiently and the citizens should be encouraged to become a partner who observes his obligations, being aware that his interests are safeguarded.
It is the President’s attribute to keep watch for a proper service of the public authorities, to mediate between the state powers as well as between the state and the society.
Apart from these permanent prerogatives, the President has a very important role to give example of his own interpretation regarding his relationship with the citizen. In this respect, the President is permanently connected with the people’s agenda and aspirations. His projects illustrate the foreground topics of the Romanians, may they be education, a less clumsy legislation or healthcare.