Constitution revision draft adopted by Parliamentary commission

The parliamentary Constitution revision committee unanimously adopted the revised text of the fundamental which soon will be sent to the Constitutional Court, the Government and the Venice Commission, Constitution revision committee chairman Crin Antonescu announced on Tuesday evening, according to Agerpres.
“This text will be sent to the Government, on the one hand, because, diplomatically, the relation of the Venice Commission is with the governments, and the Government will officially send it to the Venice Commission. We shall send the text to the Constitutional Court, we expect an answer from the Constitutional Court, because here we are in a compulsory procedure.
Afterwards, it will be submitted to debate in the Senate and in the Chamber. Going through CCR is compulsory, because we are in the Romanian legislative circuit. The Venice Commission has a consultative letter of advice to give and it is, so to say, a convention, not an obligation”, Antonescu said at the end of the meeting of the committee in charge with the Constitution revision.
The members of the committee assessed the observations of the Legislative Council and those of the Venice Commission and adopted several amendments. Moreover, the committee established that Parliament can be dissolved by the president in case the Legislature does not grant the confidence vote for the investiture of three governments in a row and that the head of state is not compelled to consult Parliament to ask the people to voice their will through referendum.
Furthermore, the article stating that the country’s president chairs the CSM meetings was removed, Crin Antonescu also said.
“The major novelty compared to the former draft, I believe we have taken a step towards separating the tasks of the two Chambers, constitutionally, in terms of enforcing the two duties of a Parliament, lawmaking and control. Lawmaking is mostly directed to the Chamber of Deputies and the control to the Senate,” said Antonescu.
PNL chairman said they removed the line which forced the Parliament to pass by vote the organization of referendums, if demanded by President or 250,000 citizens.
He said that the idea of constructive vote of no-confidence was dropped from the review commission, which said that the moment it was initiated, the potential candidate for the PM position should be revealed.
In case the Parliament gets dissolved following a failure of government investiture, the deadline to validate a Cabinet was extended from 30 to 60 days. Besides, for the Parliament to get dissolved, three Government resolution drafts should be rejected instead of only one during the 60 days deadline. Another adopted amendment rules that the magistrates are exempt from facing a parliamentary. As for the ombudsman, the line included in the draft which ruled the possibility of their dismissal was removed.
President of the Constitutional Court  (CCR) Augustin Zegrean said on Wednesday that although CCR initially had said that the Constitution revision has to take into account the referendum of 2009, where most citizens voted for a single-chamber Parliament, now “things must be perceived in their evolution.” “Yes, it is a decision in which we said that referendum must be taken into account, but there were other situations when we reviewed our practice because things must be perceived in their evolution, in their perspective. I cannot tell you today if we are going to accept or not the final draft,” said Zegrean, according to Agerpres.

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