The House and the Senate will convene on Monday a joint solemn meeting to commemorate King Mihai. The Romanian President, the Custodian of the Royal Crown, members of the Royal Family, as well as MPs and ministers from the Republic of Moldova will be invited to attend.
“The meeting will take place on Monday, starting at 3 p.m. We have approved the memorandum concerning this meeting and the list of persons who will give speeches, in the order of their position in state protocol,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated.
According to the memorandum approved by the leadership of the two Houses, “the Romanian Parliament, the supreme representative body of the Romanian people, has the mission to continue and to fulfil the desiderata of the political will of His Majesty King Mihai I of Romania, to make Romania ‘a stable and prosperous country admired in the world,’ a sovereign and democratic Romania.”
“During this sad moment in which the Romanian nation mourns its Sovereign, the Romanian Parliament will pay homage to the personality of His Majesty King Mihai I of Romania, during a joint solemn meeting of the Senate and the House, at the start of the official ceremonies of the royal funeral, namely on Monday, 11 December 2017, 3 p.m.,” reads the memorandum approved on Wednesday.
Apart from the members of Parliament, the Romanian President, Prime Minister, ex-Presidents, the Custodian of the Royal Crown, members of the royal family, members of Government, Patriarch Daniel, the representatives of the Romanian Academy, parliamentarians and ministers from the Republic of Moldova, and the diplomatic corps accredited to Bucharest will also take part in the solemn meeting.
Lower House holds moment of silence in memory of King Mihai
The plenary meeting of the Lower Chamber started on Wednesday with a moment of silence observed in memory of King Mihai, continuing with the broadcast of fragments from the speech that the ex-sovereign gave before Parliament in October 2011.
“I ask you that we keep a moment of silence for His Majesty King Mihai,” House Speaker Liviu Dragnea said at the start of the Lower House’s plenary meeting.
“I invite you to watch several fragments from the speech His Majesty gave in the meeting of 25 October 2011,” he added.
Several fragments from the speech that King Mihai gave in 2011 were shown on the central screen of the Lower House’s plenary hall.