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PAS Registers a Draft Law Which Allows Dismissing the Management of the BC and Other Institutions

02 September 2021
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Specialized parliamentary committees could be empowered to dismiss the management of several public institutions, including that of the Broadcasting Council. This is suggested by Sergiu Litvinenco, the deputy from the Action and Solidarity Party also holding the position of the Minister of Justice. He claims that the initiative is aimed at “making several authorities under parliamentary control more responsible.”

During a press briefing, Sergiu Litvinenco mentioned he would register three legislative initiatives “for cleansing several state institutions,” including the Broadcasting Council and the Competition Council, of persons “who have demonstrated their inefficiency over time, promoted group interests while ignoring public interests, and have shown total negligence in their activity.” 

According to him, after the suggestions are approved, the specialized parliamentary committees will be able to analyze the activity of the public institutions controlled by the Parliament. “Depending on their conclusions, we will be able to take necessary steps to improve the situation, such as dismissing inefficient and incompetent heads of these institutions,” Litvinenco explains.

The project has not been made public so far.

This is not the first attempt to change the composition of the broadcasting authority. In December 2020, the Socialist deputies registered a draft law according to which the mandates of the president of the BC and the members appointed from January 20, 2016, to June 7, 2019 (when the Democratic Party held the power) could be terminated prior to the scheduled date. However, that initiative was not supported by voting. Shortly after that suggestion, Dragos Vicol resigned from his post of chairman of the BC, and the position as taken by Ala Ursu-Antoci, the former head of the cabinet of the PSRM faction in the Parliament.

In August 2019, Sergiu Litvinenco, then head of the Legal Commission for Appointments and Immunities, announced he had registered a draft law regarding legislative amendments on dismissing the members of the BC and the Supervisory Board of Teleradio-Moldova Public Company and instituting an ad interim designation until other members could be appointed. Ion Bunduchi, Executive Director of the Electronic Press Association, criticized the initiative, describing it as a dangerous precedent.