PSD and PNL, at odds on the committee’s dissolution.
The activity of the special committee, which examines the exploring project at Rosia Montana, was prolonged till November 10, said Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea. The proposal belongs to the committee’s chairman, Darius Valcov. Thus, the standing bureaus of Parliament, which convened together, decided to postpone the deadline for submitting the report this commission will draw up on the mining project. Later on, the plenum adopted the draft that stipulates the extension with a large majority. Only 17 MPs voted against, and eight abstained from voting. Leader of PDL deputies, Mircea Toader had previously informed that his party will not be present at the plenum session.
In his turn, Senate Speaker, Crin Antonescu pointed out, after the session, that PNL agreed to the extension of the special committee’s activity. On the other hand, the Liberal Chairman said that, from the Liberals’ point of view, the draft law on the mining exploitation at Rosia Montana, which was proposed by the Government, could not and would not be supported. “It [the special commission] was created and empowered by the plenum of Parliament to state its opinion, one way or another, by supporting or rejecting a certain draft law, namely the one initiated by the Government, which we have never supported, do not support, we do not support it in the commission either. There has been a question today if the supplementation of the mandate also referred to a new mandate when it comes to contents, that is, to draw up or suggest a new draft law, or if it is limited to the old mandate, for which the commission is entitled to request another prolongation. It has been limited to the old mandate and, from this point of view, we do not need 10 days or how many there are left, 15, till November 10, as our point of view is very clear: the draft law proposed by the Government on Rosia Montana cannot be supported and will not be supported. … In order to build another draft law that should regulate, for instance, in a general way, gold and silver mining or in order to discuss the mine law, there are varied situations,” said Antonescu, as quoted by Agerpres. “The mine law is under discussion, it is in Parliament, we can discuss there, if we want a new special draft law on gold and silver mining, not only in the Rosia Montana area, but in the entire territory of this country. For that no special commission is needed,” PNL chairman added. Antonescu had said on Monday that PNL rather chose for the Rosia Montana committee’s dissolution and for setting up a new committee that should initiate a general draft.
In retort, vicepremier Liviu Dragnea (PSD) said yesterday that no dissolution of the committee has been discussed inside USL, but the dialogue only referred to the extension of the incumbent committee’s activity. “We decided inside USL on Friday, the entire USL leadership that the mandate of the current special committee should be extended for at least 30 days. We did not decide to dissolve the committee. I don’t understand where this stand came from (…) The same committee could look to a new draft law”, said Dragnea, quoted by Mediafax.