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Liliana Nicolaescu-Onofrei on Selecting New Board Members: We Suggest Approving a New Regulation and Announcing the Contest

01 September 2021
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At the start of the regular autumn session scheduled for September 1, the Parliamentary Committee on Culture, Education, Research, Youth, Sports, and Mass Media plans to approve a new regulation for electing three members of the Broadcasting Council (BC), Liliana Nicolaescu-Onofrei has declared for Media Azi. According to the President of the Committee, the new members are supposed to replace Dragos Vicol, Ion Robu, and Artur Cozma, whose mandates expired in April and who currently hold interim appointments.

The head of the specialized committee describes the current regulation on organizing and holding the contest for filling the BC members’ vacancies as “rather vague.” In particular, the deputy refers to the criteria for assessing the candidates’ competences according to a scale from 1 to 10. “We will have to review this regulation and, from the very beginning of the session, we suggest holding a meeting for the fellow deputies to approve this regulation, and immediately after that, the contest will be announced, according to the legislation,” Liliana Nicolaescu-Onofrei says.

The three vacancies are intended for a person nominated by the Government and two civil society representatives. The deputy says that the current regulation does not provide for choosing candidates from the non-governmental sector. “We intend to ask the Government to make some suggestions, and the contest will probably take place in a shorter time than before. During the last discussion with the colleagues from the specialized associations, I was assured that we have very good people who will undoubtedly participate. Thus, we will make every effort to have a simple and a very clear regulation,” Liliana Nicolaescu-Onofrei says.

The deputy from the Action and Solidarity Party does not exclude that the parliamentary majority could amend the broadcasting legislation to make the regulatory authority responsible for this sphere.

The mandates of the two members of the Broadcasting Council, Dragos Vicol, the ex-president of the BC, and Ion Robu, expired on April 3, and Artur Cozma’s mandate expired on April 30. The three functionaries have the right to perform their duties until the new BC members are appointment, but for a period no longer than half a year from expiration of their mandates.

The contest for selecting the new members was scheduled to be launched in February this year. Adrian Lebedinschi, the ex-chairman of the parliamentary media committee, has previously made it clear that the contest was not held due to political uncertainty over the continuity of the legislative assembly’s mandate.

According to the legislation, the BC consists of two members nominated by the Parliament, one member nominated by the head of the state, one member nominated by the Government, and five members nominated by civil society organizations. Candidates for the positions of the BC members are selected by the specialized parliamentary committee. 60 days before the term of office of a BC member expires, the chairperson of the committee requests the authorities to nominate two candidates for each vacant post and announces a public contest to select the candidates nominated by civil society organizations.