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Citizenship Act of Romania

Law on Romanian citizenship

LAW No. 21 of 1st of March 1991

Text in force since 17th of May 2009

The text of Law no. 21/1991, republished in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, no. 98 of 6th of March 2000, has been brought up-to-date according to the amending normative documents, published in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, until 14th of May 2009:

  • The Government Ordinance no. 84/2001*;

  • The Government Emergency Ordinance no. 167/2001*;

  • The Government Emergency Ordinance no. 68/2002;

  • Law no. 542/2002;

  • The Government Emergency Ordinance no. 160/2002*;

  • Law no. 165/2003*;

  • The Government Emergency Ordinance no. 43/2003;

  • The Government Emergency Ordinance no. 50/2004;

  • Law no. 248/2003;

  • Law no. 405/2003;

  • The Government Emergency Ordinance no. 87/2007;

  • Law no. 70/2008;

  • The Government Emergency Ordinance no. 147/2008;

  • The Government Emergency Ordinance no. 36/2009;

  • Law no. 171/2009.

The normative documents marked with asterisk (*) are at present amended, abrogated or rejected and the amendments made by these normative documents upon Law no. 21/1991 are not current anymore up-to-date anymore.

CHAPTER 1 General provisions

ARTICLE 1 The Romanian citizenship is the connection and the affiliation of a natural person to the Romanian state. The Romanian citizens are equal in front of law; they are the only to be admitted in the public civil and military functions. The Romania’s citizens enjoy the protection of the Romanian state.

ARTICLE 2 The ways of obtaining and losing the Romanian citizenship are those laid down in this law.

ARTICLE 3 The conclusion, the nullity declaring, the cancellation or the dissolution of marriage between a Romanian citizen and a foreign citizen does not produce effects upon the spouses’ citizenship.

CHAPTER 2 Obtaining the Romanian citizenship

ARTICLE 4 The Romanian citizenship shall be obtained by:

a) birth;

b) adoption;

c) grant at request.

A. By birth 2ARTICLE 5 The children born on the territory of Romania, from Romanian parents, are Romanian citizens. Also Romanian citizens too those who:

a) were born on the territory of the Romanian state, even if only one of the parents is Romanian citizen;

b) were born abroad and both parents or only one of them has Romanian citizenship. The child found on the territory of the Romanian state is considered Romanian citizen until the evidence to the contrary, if none of the parents is known.

B. By adoption

ARTICLE 6 The Romanian citizenship is obtained by a foreign citizen child or without citizenship by adoption if the adopters are Romanian citizens. In the event the adoptive child is of age, his consent is needed. If only of the adopters is Romanian citizen, the citizenship of the minor adoptive child shall be established by the adopters by mutual consent. In the event the adopters do not agree, the judicial court competent to approve the adoption shall decide upon the minor’s citizenship, taking into account his interests. In the case of the child who reached the age of 14 years his consent is needed. If the adoption is made by one person and this one is a Romanian citizen the minor acquires the adopter’s citizenship.

ARTICLE 7 In the case of the adoption nullity declaring or cancellation, the child who did not reach the age of 18 years is considered to have never been a Romanian citizen if he is resident abroad or leaves the country in order to live abroad. In the case of the dissolution of the adoption of the child who is not 18 years this one loses the Romanian citizenship on the adoption dissolution date if he lives abroad or leaves the country in order to live abroad.

C. By grant at request

ARTICLE 8 The Romanian citizenship may be granted, at request, to the person without citizenship or to a foreign citizen if he accomplishes the following conditions:

a) was born and is resident, on the date of the request, on the territory of Romania or, although he was not born on this territory, is resident in the legal conditions on the territory of the Romanian state for at least 8 years or, if he is married and lives with a Romanian citizen, for at least 5 years from the marriage date;

b) proves, by behavior, actions and attitude, loyalty towards the Romanian state, does not perform or support actions against the order by right or national security and declares he has never performed such actions;

c) has reached the age of 18 years;

d) has ensured in Romanian legal means for a decent living, in the conditions established by the legislation on the foreign people regime;

e) is known with a good behavior and was not convicted in the country or abroad for any offence which makes him unworthy of being a Romanian citizen;

f) knows the Romanian language and has elementary knowledge about the Romanian culture and civilization as sufficiently as to integrate in the social life;

g) knows the provisions of the Romania’s Constitution and the national anthem. The time-limits laid down at paragraph 1 letter a) may be reduced until half in the following situations:

a) the applicant is an internationally recognized personality;

b) the applicant is the citizen of a European Union Member State;

c) the applicant has obtained the statute of refugee according to the legal provisions in force;

d) the applicant has invested in Romania amounts exceeding 1.000.000 Euro. If the foreign citizen or the person without citizenship who has solicited to obtain the Romanian citizenship is outside the territory of the Romanian state for more than 6 months in one year, that year is not calculated when establishing the period laid down by paragraph 1 letter a).

ARTICLE 9 The child born from foreign citizens parents or without citizenship and who has not reached the age of 18 years acquires the Romanian citizenship together with his parents. If only one of the parents acquires the Romanian citizenship, the parents shall decide by mutual consent upon the child’s citizenship. In the event the parents do not agree, the law court from the minor’s domicile shall decide, taking into account his interests. If the child has reached the age of 14 years his consent is needed. The child acquires the Romanian citizenship on the same date as his parent. If the minor has acquired the Romanian citizenship in the conditions of paragraph 1 or 2 and was not included in his parent’s citizenship certificate or was not issued a citizenship certificate according to the provisions of Article 19 paragraph 5 or 7, the parents or, as the case may be, the parent, Romanian Citizens, may require the transcription or registration in the Romanian civil status registers of the certificates or civil status excerpts issued by the foreign authorities in the conditions of Law no. 119/1996 on the civil status documents, as subsequently amended and completed. The child who has reached the age of 14 years may formulate in his own name the request for the transcription or registration of the birth certificate or excerpt. In this case, the proof of the minor’s citizenship shall be made by the identity card or passport issued by the Romanian authorities to his parent or by the certificate laid down by Article 19 paragraph 4.

ARTICLE 10 The Romanian citizenship may be also granted to the persons who have lost this citizenship, as well as to their descendants until the 2 degree inclusively and who ask to recover it, by keeping the foreign citizenship and establishing the domicile in the country or by keeping the on from abroad, if they duly accomplish the conditions laid down by Article 8 paragraph 1 letters b), c), d) and e). The provisions of paragraph 1 also apply to the stateless persons, former Romanian citizens, and to their descendants until the 2 degree inclusively. The recovery of the citizenship by one of the spouses has no consequence upon the citizenship of the other spouse. The spouse foreign citizen or without citizenship of the person who recover the Romanian citizenship may ask to be granted the Romanian citizenship in the conditions of this law.

*ARTICLE 10^1)** The former Romanian citizens who have acquired the Romanian citizenship by birth or by adoption and who have lost it for reasons non-imputable to them or this citizenship has been raised by their will, as well as their descendants until the III degree may recover or they may be granted the Romanian citizenship, at request, by keeping the foreign citizenship and establishing the domicile in the country or keeping the one from abroad if they accomplish the conditions laid down by Article 8 paragraph 1 letters b), c) and e). The provisions of Article 10 paragraphs 2 - 4 duly apply. We write below the provisions of Article II from the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 36/2009:

"ARTICLE II The requests lodged according to Article 10^1 from Law no. 21/1991, republished, as subsequently amended and completed, and found during settlement on the date of the entry into force of this emergency ordinance shall be settled according to the provisions of this emergency ordinance."

ARTICLE 10^2The persons stipulated by Article 10^1 who have their domicile or residence in Romania may lodge a request for the recovery or grant of the Romanian citizenship at the Department citizenship within the Ministry of Justice and Citizens’ Freedoms, after 4 years from the obtaining of the right of residence.

CHAPTER 3 The procedure for granting the Romanian citizenship

ARTICLE 11 The approval of the requests for the grant or recovery of the Romanian citizenship shall be made by order of the minister of justice, who appreciates, to this effect, upon the Commission’s proposals for the citizenship.

ARTICLE 12 The request for the grant or, as applicable, the recovery of the Romanian citizenship shall be formulated in the Romanian language, addressed to the Commission for citizens and shall be lodged personally or, in solidly justified cases, by proxy with special and authentic power of attorney to the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice, Department citizenship, and is accompanied by documents proving the accomplishment of the conditions stipulated by this law. The persons who have their domicile or residence abroad may lodge the recovery or grant request drawn up on the provisions of Article 10 paragraph 1 and Article 10^1, accompanied by the documents proving the accomplishment of the conditions stipulated by law, at the competent diplomatic missions or consular offices according to the applicants’ domicile or residence. The requests shall be immediately forwarded to the Commission for citizenship. In the event, at the level of the diplomatic missions and consular offices, the number of the applicants is much more than the office processing capacity, there shall be proceeded to their scheduling within the limit of 30.000 files per year, for each consular office.

ARTICLE 13 The commission for citizenship, hereinafter called the Commission, entity without legal personality within the Ministry of Justice, verifies the accomplishment of the conditions stipulated by law. The Commission has a technical secretariat composed within the specialty department of the Ministry of Justice. The manager of the specialty department within the Ministry of Justice is the chairman of the Commission. The Commission has permanent activity, is composed of a chairman and 8 members, legal specialty staff assimilated to the magistrates within the Ministry of Justice and Citizens’ Freedoms, appointed by the order of the minister of justice citizens’ freedoms. The Commission’s works are not public, they presently develop in the presence of at least 3 members and are presided by the chairman and, in his absence, by a member he appoints. The accomplishment or, as applicable, non-accomplishment of the conditions stipulated by law for the grant or recovery of the Romanian citizenship is ascertained by a motivated report, adopted by the Commission with the vote of the majority of the present ones. In case of parity, the vote of the Commission’s chairman or of its substitute is decisive.

ARTICLE 14 The request for the grant or recovery of the citizenship is registered at the technical secretariat of the Commission. If it is ascertained the lack of some documents necessary for the settlement of the request, the chairman of the Commission solicits, by resolution, the completion of the file. In the event, within at most 6 months from the reception of the request, the necessary documents are not transmitted, the request shall be rejected as ungrouded. The chairman of the Commission, by resolution, establishes the time-limit on which the request for the recovery or grant of the citizenship is debated, also ordering the request of information from any authorities concerning the accomplishment of the conditions laid down by Article 8 paragraph 1 letters b) and e). Paragraph 3 *** Abrogated At the time-limit established in view of the request debate, the Commission verified the accomplishment of the conditions necessary for the grant or recovery of the citizenship, except the conditions laid down by Article 8 paragraph 1 letters f) and g). In the event the Commission ascertains the need to hear some persons who might give useful information in view of settling the request, orders their summoning, establishing a new time-limit. In the case of the accomplishment of the conditions for the grant of the Romanian citizenship, the Commission establishes, within a time-limit which shall not exceed 6 months, the scheduling of the person at the interview organized for the verification of the conditions laid down by Article 8 paragraph 1 letters f) and g).

ARTICLE 14^1 The request for the grant or recovery of the Romanian citizen, formulated according to Article 10^1, is registered at the technical secretariat of the Commission. The chairman of the Commission for citizenship orders by resolution:

a) the request of information from any authorities concerning the accomplishment of the conditions laid down by Article 8 paragraph 1 letters b) and e);

b) the completion of the file, within at most two months from the reception of by the applicant of the Commission’s technical secretariat request if it is ascertained the lack of some documents necessary for the request settlement, under the sanction of the rejection of the request as un grounded;

c) the establishment of the time-limit on which the Commission verifies the accomplishment of the conditions necessary for the grant or recovery of the Romanian citizen according to Article 10^1, time-limit which shall not exceed 5 months from the registration date of the request.

**ARTICLE 15 ***** Abrogated

ARTICLE 16 In the case of the non-accomplishment of the conditions required by law for the grant or recovery of the citizenship, as well as in the case of the non-promotion of the interview laid down by Article 14 paragraph 6 or of the unjustified absence from the interview, the Commission, by a motivated report, proposes to the minister of justice the rejection of the request. A new request for the grant or recovery of the Romanian citizenship may be lodged after 6 months from the rejection of the previous request.

ARTICLE 17 If the applicant is declared admitted to the interview, the Commission shall draw up a report in which it shall mention the accomplishment of the legal conditions for the grant or, as applicable, the recovery of the citizenship. The report accompanied by the request for the grant or recovery of the citizenship shall be forwarded to the minister of justice.

ARTICLE 18 The minister of justice, ascertaining accomplished the conditions laid down by this law, issues within 30 calendar days the order for the grant or recovery of the Romanian citizenship, as applicable. The order for the grant or recovery of the Romanian citizenship shall be published in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I. In the event it ascertains the non-accomplishment of the conditions stipulated by law, the minister of justice rejects, by order, the request for the grant or recovery of the citizenship. The order of the minister of justice for the rejection of the request for the grant or recovery of the citizenship shall be communicated to the applicant, by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt, within 90 calendar days from the date of issue of the order. The order may be attacked within 15 days from the communication date at the administrative contentious department of the court of appeal from the domicile or, as applicable, the residence of the applicant. If the applicant does not have the domicile or residence in Romania, the order may be attacked, within the same time-limit, at the administrative contentious department of the Court of Appeal Bucharest. The decision of the court of appeal is definitive and irrevocable.

ARTICLE 19 The Romanian citizenship is acquired on the date on which the faith oath is taken. Within 3 months from the publication date of the minister of justice order in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, the persons to whom the Romanian citizenship is granted shall take the faith oath towards Romania. The faith oath is taken in solemn meeting in front of the minister of justice or of the secretary of state delegated to this effect and has the following wording: “I swear to be devoted to the Romanian country and people, to defend the national rights and interest, to observe the Constitution and the laws of Romania." After taking the oath, the Commission issued the Romanian citizenship certificate, which shall be drawn up in two copies, signed by the minister of justice, from which one copy shall be forwarded to the holder. Both copies o the certificate contain safety elements and have pictures of the holder applied. In the event the minor children acquire the Romanian citizenship together with their parents or with one of them, they shall be registered in the citizenship certificate of the parents and do not take the oath. The person who has obtained the Romanian citizenship in the conditions laid down by Article 10 and 10^1, by keeping the domicile abroad, shall take the faith oath in front of the chief of the diplomatic mission or of the consular office of Romania in the country in which he/she is resident, within the time-limit stipulated by paragraph 2. To this effect, the Romanian citizenship certificate shall be issued by the chief of the competent diplomatic mission or of consular office. In the event the child becomes of age during the request settlement and until the date on which the parents acquire the Romanian citizenship, this one shall take the oath and a distinct citizenship certificate shall be issued to him.

ARTICLE 20 The non-taking, for reasons imputable to the person who obtained the Romanian citizenship, of the faith oath, within the time-limit stipulated by Article 19 paragraph 2, leads to the cessation of the effects of the order for the grant or recovery of the Romanian citizenship towards that person. The ascertaining of the cessation of the effects of the order for the grant or recovery of the Romanian citizenship towards the persons who did not take the oath in the legal conditions shall be made by the minister of justice, at the notification of the speciality department within the Ministry of Justice, or, as applicable, by the chief of the diplomatic mission or consular office. The person who dies before taking the faith oath towards Romania is recognised as being Romanian citizen, at the request of the legal successors of the dead person since the publication day in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, of the minister of justice order for the grant or recovery of the Romanian citizenship, following to be issued the citizenship certificate by the Commission. The request may be lodged within one year from the date of death of the holder of the request for he grant or recovery of the Romanian citizenship. The person who cannot lodge the faith oath towards Romania due to a permanent handicap or to a chronic disease obtains the Romanian citizenship from the publication date in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, of the minister if justice order for the grant or, as applicable, recovery of the Romanian citizenship, based on the request and the medical documents transmitted to this effect, personally or through legal representative or conventionally with special warrant, until the date of the end of the procedure for the grant or, as applicable, recovery of the citizenship. The request addressed to the Commission concerning the issue of the citizenship certificate may be formulated within one year from the date of the acknowledgment of the time-limit for taking the faith oath. The non-lodging of the request within one year leads to the cessation of the effects of the minister of justice order for the grant or recovery of the Romanian citizenship.

CHAPTER 4 Proof of the Romanian citizenship

ARTICLE 21 The proof of the Romanian citizenship is made by the identity card or, as applicable, by the identity bulletin, passport or the certificate stipulated by Article 19 paragraph 4. The citizenship of the child until the age of 14 years is proved by his birth certificate, accompanied by his identity card or bulletin, as applicable, or the passport of any of the parents. In the event the child is registered in the passport of one of the parents or, as applicable, in the identity bulletin, the proof of the citizenship is made by anyone of these documents.

ARTICLE 22 When necessary, the diplomatic missions or consular offices of Romania issue, at request, proofs of citizenship for the Romanian citizens from abroad.

CHAPTER 5 Loss of the Romanian citizenship

ART. 23 The Romanian citizenship is lost by: 8 a) the withdrawal of the Romanian citizenship;

b) the approval of the withdrawal of the Romanian citizenship;

c) in other cases stipulated by law.

A. By the withdrawal of the Romanian citizenship

ARTICLE 24 The Romanian citizenship may be withdrawn to the person who:

a) found abroad, commits very serious offences by which injures the interests of the Romanian state or leases the prestige of Romania;

b) found abroad, enlists in the armed forces of a state with which Romania has broken the diplomatic relations or with which is in state of war;

c) has obtained the Romanian citizenship by fraudulent means.

d) is known as having connections with terrorist groups or has supported, under any form, or has committed other actions which endanger the national safety. The Romanian citizenship cannot be withdrawn to the person who has acquired it by birth.

ARTICLE 25 The withdrawal of the Romanian citizenship does not produce effects upon the citizenship of the spouse or children of the person to which the citizenship has been withdrawn.

B. By the approval of the renunciation at the Romanian citizenship

ARTICLE 26 For grounded reasons the renunciation at the Romanian citizenship can be approved to the person who has reached the age of 18 years and who:

a) is not accused or defendant in a criminal case or who does not have to execute a criminal penalty;

b) is not prosecuted for debits to the state, natural or legal persons in the country or, having such debits, pays them or presents adequate guarantees for their payment;

c) has acquired or solicited and the and has the assurance to acquire another citizenship.

ARTICLE 27 The loss of the Romanian citizenship by the approval of the renunciation does not produce any effect upon the spouse or minor children citizenship. Nevertheless, if both parents obtain the approval of the renunciation at the Romanian citizenship and the minor child is together with them abroad or lives the country together with them, the minor loses the Romanian citizenship together with his parents and if these ones have lost the Romanian citizenship on different dates, on the last of these dates. The minor child who, in order to domicile abroad, lives the country after both parents have lost the Romanian citizenship loses the Romanian citizenship on the date of his leaving from the country. The provisions of the previous paragraph also duly apply in the event only one of the parents is known or is alive.The minor child, entrusted by judgment to the parent who has his domicile abroad and who renounces at the citizenship, loses the Romanian citizenship on the same date with the parent to whom he was entrusted and to whom he lives, provided he obtains the approval of the other parent, Romanian citizen. In the situations stipulated by paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 the consent of the child who reached the age of 14 years shall be asked. 9 C. Other cases of loss of the Romanian citizenship

ARTICLE 28 The minor child, Romanian citizenship, adopted by a foreign citizen, loses the Romanian citizenship if, at the request of the adopter or, as applicable, of the adopters, acquires their citizenship in the conditions stipulated by the foreign law. The consent of the minor who has reached the age of 14 years shall be asked. The date of the Romanian citizenship loss in the conditions of paragraph 1 is the acquisition date by the minor of the adopter’s citizenship. In the case of the adoption nullity or cancellation declaring, the child who did not reach the age of 18 years is considered as never having lost the Romanian citizenship.

ARTICLE 29 In the event stipulated by Article 5 paragraph 3 the found child loses the Romanian citizenship, if until the age of 18 years his affiliation to both parents has been established and these ones are foreign citizens. The Romanian citizenship is also lost if the affiliation has been established only towards one parent foreign citizen, the other parent remaining unknown. The date of the Romanian citizenship loss in the conditions of paragraphs 1 and 2 is the date of the child affiliation establishment.

CHAPTER 6 The procedure for the withdrawal of the Romanian citizenship and approval of the renunciation at the Romanian citizenship

ARTICLE 30 The request for the renunciation at the Romanian citizenship, accompanied by supporting documents stipulated by Article 26, shall be lodged at the Commission technical secretariat or at the diplomatic missions or consular offices of Romania in the country in which the applicant has his domicile or residence. If it is ascertained the lack of the documents necessary for the request settlement, the chairman of the Commission solicits, by resolution, the completion of the file. If, within at mist 6 months from the communication, the necessary documents are not transmitted, the request shall be rejected as ungrounded. In the event the file contains all the documents necessary for the settlement of the request for the renunciation at the Romanian citizenship, the chairman of the Commission, by resolution, orders the request of information from any authorities about the accomplishment of the conditions stipulated, as applicable, by Article 26 letters a) and b). The minister of justice orders, by order, the approval or, as applicable, the rejection of the request for the renunciation at the Romanian citizenship, appreciating upon the Commission report by which this one ascertains the accomplishment or non-accomplishment of the conditions stipulated by Article 26. The order of the minister of justice for the rejection of the request for the renunciation at the citizenship shall be communicated to the applicant, by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt. The order may be attacked, within 15 days from the communication date, at the administrative contentious department of the court of appeal from the domicile or, as applicable, the residence of the applicant. If the applicant does not have the domicile or residence in Romania, the order may be attacked, within the same time-limit, at the administrative contentious department of the Court of Appeal Bucharest. The decision of the court of appeal is definitive and irrevocable. The loss of the Romanian citizenship by renunciation takes place on the publication date in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, of the minister of justice order for the approval of the renunciation at the citizenship. The proof of the renunciation at the Romanian citizenship shall be made by attestation issued by the Commission secretariat for the persons resident in Romania, or by the diplomatic missions or consular offices of Romania for the persons with the domicile or residence abroad, based on the minister of justice order for the approval of the request for the renunciation at the Romanian citizenship, published in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I.

ARTICLE 31 Any authority or person who knows about the existence of a reason for the withdrawal of the Romanian citizenship may notify, in written, the Commission, having the obligation to present the proofs he/she possess. The chairman of the Commission establishes, by resolution, the delay on which the withdrawal notification shall be debated, also ordering:

a) the request of the competent authorities’ point of view about the accomplishment of the legal conditions concerning the withdrawal of the citizenship;

b) the invitation of the person who has formulated the notification, as well as of any person who might give useful information for the request settlement;

c) the summoning of the person in the case at the known domicile or, if this one is unknown, by publishing the summons in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part III. The summoning of the person takes places at least 6 months before the delay established for the debate of the notification. On the delay established for the debate of the notification, the Commission verifies the accomplishment of the conditions necessary for the withdrawal of the Romanian citizenship. It hears the persons summoned according to paragraph 2 letter b), as well as the person in the case. The absence of the legally summoned person does not hinder the development of the procedures for the withdrawal of the Romanian citizenship. In the event it is ascertained the accomplishment or, as applicable, the non accomplishment of the legal conditions for the withdrawal of the Romanian citizenship, the Commission shall propose to the minister of justice, by a motivated report, the approval of the withdrawal of the Romanian citizenship or, as applicable, the rejection of the notification. The minister of justice, ascertaining accomplished the conditions stipulated by law, issues the order for the withdrawal of the Romanian citizenship, respectively the rejection of the notification for the withdrawal of the citizenship, in the event it ascertains the non accomplishment of the conditions stipulated by law. The order of the minister of justice for the admission or rejection of the notification for the withdrawal of the citizenship shall be communicated to the respective person, as well as to the person who made the notification, by registered letter with acknowledgment of reception. The order may be attacked, within 15 days from the communication date, at the administrative contentious department of the court of appeal from the domicile or, as applicable,the residence of the applicant. If the applicant does not have the domicile or residence in Romania, the order may be attacked, within the same time-limit, at the administrative contentious department of the Court of Appeal Bucharest. The decision of the court of appeal is definitive and irrevocable. The loss of the Romanian citizenship by withdrawal tales place on the publication date in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, of the minister of justice order for the approval of the Romanian citizenship withdrawal.

11ARTICLE 32 *** Abrogated

ARTICLE 33 *** Abrogated

CHAPTER 7 Final and transitory provisions

ARTICLR 34 Are and remain Romanian citizens the persons who have acquired and kept this citizenship according to the previous legislation.

ARTICLE 35 *** Abrogated

ARTICLE 36 The requests for the grant of the Romanian citizenship and the approval of the renunciation at the Romanian citizenship are submitted to a fee stipulated by law. By derogation from the provisions of paragraph 1, the recovery of the Romanian citizenship according to Article 10 paragraph 2 and Article 10^1 is excepted from the payment of the fees stipulated by law.

ARTICLE 37 The persons to whom the Romanian citizenship has been granted according to law have all the rights and freedoms, as well as the obligations stipulated by the Constitution and by the laws of the country for the Romanian citizens.

ARTICLE 37^1 *** Abrogated

ARTICLE 38 The Romanian citizenship with title of "citizenship of honor" may be granted to foreign people for special services brought to the Romanian country and nation, at the Government proposal, without any other formality, by the Parliament of Romania. The persons who have acquired the citizenship of honor enjoy all the civil and political rights recognized to the Romanian citizens, except the right to chose and to be chosen and to occupy a public function.

ARTICLE 39 For the situations in which ii is requested the consent of the other parent or of the minor who has reached the age of 14 years, it must be made in the form of an authentic statement given in front of the notary public or abroad, at the diplomatic missions or the consular offices of Romania.

ARTICLE 40 This law enters into force within 30 days from the publication in the Official Gazette of Romania*). The requests during settlement on the date of the entry into force of this law shall be settled according to its provisions. The conditions for the acquisition of the Romanian citizenship remain submitted to the regulations in force on the request lodging date.

ARTICLE 41 On the date of the entry into force of this law there is abrogated Law no. 24/1971 – Law on Romanian citizenship, Decree-law no. 137/1990 concerning some provisions referring to the Romanian citizenship, the provisions of Article 3 and Article 8 from the Decree-law no. 7/1989 concerning the repatriation of the Romanian citizens and of the former Romanian citizens, as well as any other provisions contrary to the provisions of this law. 12 NOTE:

We write below the provisions of Article II and Article II^1 from the Government

Emergency Ordinance no. 87/2007, approved with amendments by Law no. 70/2008.

"ARTICLE II The requests for the grant, recovery or loss of the Romanian citizenship, approved by the Commission for ascertaining the conditions for the grant of the citizenship, stipulated by Law on Romanian citizenship no. 21/1991, republished, as subsequently amended and completed, until the publication date in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, of this emergency ordinance, shall follow the procedure established by this law. The requests for the grant, recovery or loss of the Romanian citizenship lodged or registered until the publication date of this emergency ordinance in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, but not approved by the Commission for ascertaining the conditions for the grant of the citizenship, according to the provisions of Law no. 21/1991, republished, as subsequently amended and completed, transfer from the Commission for ascertaining the conditions for the grant of the citizenship to the Commission for citizenship and the settlement of the requests shall be made within the Commission for citizenship, according to the procedures contained in this emergency ordinance. The requests for the grant, recovery or loss of the Romanian citizenship, registered from the publication date in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I, of this emergency ordinance and until the adoption of the law for the approval of this emergency ordinance, shall follow the procedure established by this emergency ordinance.

ARTICLE II^1 Within 60 calendar days from the entry into force of the law for the approval of this emergency ordinance, by rules drawn up by the Ministry of Justice are established the rights and obligations of the members of the Commission for citizenship, as well as their working regime."