2015 Romanian constitutional referendum

A constitutional referendum was scheduled to take place in Romania at the end of 2015.[1] The Constitution amended by the Social Liberal Union (USL) lawmakers received some criticism, mostly from the opposition Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) backed by outgoing President Traian Băsescu, who expressed his discontent with some articles that reduce the powers he enjoyed while in office and eliminate the President from the executive power system.[2][3]

Romanian constitutional referendum, 2015

The initial date of the referendum was set for 25 May 2014, but the political turmoil blackened the importance of this referendum. The vice-president of the Commission for Constitution Revision, Ioan Chelaru, stated on 5 May 2014, during the Senate leadership meeting, that the most likely date for the referendum is the end of 2015.[4] As of November 2015, the referendum reached a deadlock. The government that proposed the referendum resigned, being replaced by a technocrat cabinet led by Dacian Cioloș.


  1. Liviu Dadacus; Cristian Andrei (13 January 2014). "USL a decis să facă referendum pentru Constituție simultan cu europarlamentarele și să reducă numărul de deputați la 300, aleși pe liste de partid". Gândul (in Romanian).
  2. "Băsescu: Prevederea din noua Constituție că partidul cu cele mai multe mandate dă premier, o trăsnaie". Mediafax.ro. 14 January 2014.
  3. Andreea Nicolae, Romulus Georgescu (14 January 2014). "12 capcane în noua Constituție". România Liberă. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  4. "Comisia pentru revizuirea Constituției își reia activitatea din 4 iunie". România Liberă. 5 May 2014.