his policy brief, available in Romanian, refers to the new law on political parties adopted by the Romanian Parliament in June 2015. While it welcomes most of the new law, it brings criticism regarding the provisions on how a political party can be disbanded (article 47). Basically, this article forces the parties to stand in national elections, although the rest of the law allows parties to form at the local level. We make references to international recommendations in order to show why the existence of a party should not be tied to the participation in elections, especially in national elections.

The document can be read in full, in Romanian, here.