Venice Commission have been waiting for the draft until the end of September.
The Venice Commission have been waiting until today to be submitted the draft Constitution for review, after the Romanian part have asked the Commission not to study the initial version, saying they need more time to make new changes, the spokeswoman of the institution said. „Following the visit in Bucharest, in July, of the representatives of the Venice Commission, it was agreed that the Romanian authorities present the new version of the revised Constitution before the end of September. The Venice Commission, I want to emphasize, wanted to study the version that existed in July, but the Parliamentary Constitution review Committee requested more time for changes. This project is still pending,” the spokeswoman of the Venice Commission, Tatiana Mychelova said for Mediafax.
Despite the Commission’s expectation, the Romanian officials are going a little bit slower on this topic. Yesterday, Senate Speaker Crin Antonescu said in Pitesti that the final draft of the project would be sent to the Commission “probably in 2014” and not at the end of September, as initially agreed. He pointed out that postponing the draft completion came as a consequence of the Constitutional Court’s resolution referring to the implementing of the new referendum law only one year after its adoption and added that the Venice Commission representatives would be informed on the postponement reasons.
“We talked about the Constitution revision in the election campaign and the first day we entered Parliament with the new majority we started working on it and we have done it,” Antonescu said, quoted by Agerpres. “(…) Because of the changes imposed by the Constitutional Court, the project was no longer a priority on the Senate agenda and, in this regard, we will inform the Venice Commission that the term is extended and that after it will be discussed in one Chamber, the final form will be submitted to the examination of this Commission”, Antonescu also explained on Saturday. He could not say when the Senate would resume the debates on the review, but he said he is waiting for “the promulgation of the referendum law, to be able to calculate and decide when the referendum will be held”.
The President of the Senate said at the beginning of the autumn Parliamentary session, on September 2, that one of the legislative priorities of this Chamber is to pass “in December, the latest”, the legislative proposal on the revision of the Constitution. The initiative to amend the Constitution was submitted to the Legislative Council, who presented, in early July, an opinion with a series of observations to the project.