Senate defeats request for re-examination of bill ending bans on lawmakers

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At a plenary session on Tuesday, the Senate defeated a request from President Klaus Iohannis for the re-examination of a bill that ends bans on lawmakers in conflict of interests during 2007 – 2013.

The request was rejected 69 votes to 33 and no abstention.

Following the defeat, the bill remains unchanged, as previously voted in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.

Under the draft, “the bans imposed on senators and / or MPs in any of the legislatures between 2007 to 2013 pursuant to Article 25 on the basis of the assessment reports drawn up by the National Integrity Agency and found to be non-compliant with the legal provisions for the conflict of interests in the exercise of any official lawmaking duties between 2007 and 2013, until the entry into force of the Law No.219/2013 amending and supplementing the Law No.96/2006 on the statutes of lawmakers, cease to apply.”

President Klaus Iohannis sent Parliament the bill for re-examination a few weeks ago, arguing that its adoption makes it hard for Romania to comply with the commitments made by the country as a member of the European Union.

The Senate is the decision-making chamber in this case.