PSD MEP Corina Creţu, member of the National Order "Star of Romania", has publically requested the withdrawal of the Order "Star of Romania" granted to Laszlo Tokes in December 2009, on the grounds of "dishonoring actions contrary to Article 1 in the Constitution of Romania". She wrote a message to the Council National Order “Star of Romania” to this effect: "Dear Members of the Honorable Council of the National Order , under Law 29/2000 (...) I am publically calling for the withdrawal of Order granted to Mr. Laszlo Tokes on December 1, 2009 for dishonoring actions contrary to Article 1 of the Constitution, which have harmed the Romanian state and all Romanian citizens who disavow extreme positions going against inter-ethnic coexistence, "reads the message of Corina Cretu, according to Mediafax.
According to her, "it is unacceptable that a holder of the Order of in Knight rank would challenge publically through a series of assessments and actions, Romania’s character of nation state, unitary and indivisible ".
"The recent request launched by the Romanian MEP Laszlo Tokes to the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, to instate a Hungarian protectorate over Transylvania stands for an intensification of an entire anti-national series of actions and statements on his part, who have promoted in different environments the dangerous thesis of autonomy on ethnic grounds.
We hope that each of you embraces the principles in the Romanian Constitution and of the fight against extremism. Therefore, I trust that you will be receptive to this request and will send out a signal about the need to comply with the moral foundations of the Romanian state and the Romanian people", the document reads.
On July 27, MEP Laszlo Tokes called on the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, during the works of the Summer University in "Bálványos" that the Government he leads should instate "a system of national cooperation" so as to provide "protectorate" of Transylvania", as did Austria for the South Tyrol".
In response, President Traian Basescu said that " he who asks that Transylvania be placed under protectorate does not deserve the quality of Romanian citizen".
The participants at the Summer University in Izvoru Mures have asked for the withdrawal of the distinctions granted by the state to "Hungarian extremists" in Romania, referring to MEP Laszlo Tokes, decorated with the National Order "Star of Romania".
Thereafter, Prime Minister Ponta asked the President to open procedures for the withdrawal of the Order "Star of Romania" granted to Tokes, but the President replied that meeting the request made by the head of government would mean breaking the law and stated that only members of the Order may, by law, require the withdrawal of a decoration awarded to a member.
President Traian Basescu awarded in December 2009, MEP Laszlo Tokes the National Order "Star of Romania" with the rank of Knight, 20 years after the Revolution.
Corina Cretu was decorated by former President Ion Iliescu with the National Order "Star of Romania" in the rank of Knight in November 2002, back when current the PSD MEP was adviser to the president.