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Romania: PM Boc: Strengthened Mayor Status Envisaged by Amendment of Local Administration Law
Source: financiarul.ro
Source Date: Monday, October 11, 2010
Country: Romania
Created: Oct 12, 2010

Premier Emil Boc declared on Saturday, October 9, in Poiana Brasov (center Romania) that he is considering amending the Law on local public administration so as to strengthen the juridical status of the mayor in the relation with the local council.

“In discussing the status of the mayor, which needs to be strengthened in Romania, we looked at it from the perspective of his relation with the local council and we also considered his legal status, so as to stop this situation when the mayor can be fined by everyone.
In real life, the mayor can be fined by anyone, but has limited decision powers in many areas. The fact that he can be sued individually, and not necessarily in connection with the nature of his official position, can raise difficulties for his exerting his mandate.

Therefore, we envisage amending the law of local public administration so as to strengthen the status of the mayor, regardless of his political hue,” Boc said after a meeting with the Liberal Democratic community mayors.
Another issue approached with the mayors was the absorption of EU funds, which – in the opinion of PM Boc – can help restart Romanian economy “as this is free money made available by the EU.”

Emil Boc said that the Liberal Democratic Party (PDL, major in the ruling coalition) can provide the mayors expertise so that they engage in a “decent competition’ for attracting European funds. “Nothing is more dangerous for Romania than to politicize the absorption of European funds,” said Boc.

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