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December 6, 2022
POLITICS

MPs back in business

The Senators and Deputies returned to work with fresh strength yesterday, after a long, two-month holiday. The autumn Senate season started with the validation of the membership of the Standing Bureau, followed by political statements made by the various members of Parliament. Teodor Melescanu (PNL) was elected Vice-President of the Senate, replacing PNL President Crin Antonescu, who stepped out in view of upcoming electoral race.


For senators and deputies alike, the new Parliament season started with political tensions over the announced commitment of Government responsibility for various legislative packages, as well as over possible regular and even censure motions the Opposition is preparing. A range of important bills are expected to be discussed this season, including the Government Emergency Ordinance on the enforcement of court decisions awarding salary rights to various professional categories in the public sector. The national security draft laws initiated by PNL and tacitly adopted by the Chamber of Deputies, a deontological code for judges and prosecutors, amendments to Law 112/1995 seeking to remove discriminations between various categories of tenants when purchasing state residential properties are only some of the bills tabled in the Legal Affairs Committee.


The second ordinary legislative season of the year also started for the Chamber of Deputies yesterday, after a recess of intensive work in the special investigation commissions. The Chamber expects to complete debating the codes of civil and penal procedures and to forward report on the activity of Ministers Udrea, Iacob-Ridzi and Nemirschi this season. At the beginning of this season, the Executive is expected to assume responsibility for legislative packages that have caused major dissention among politicians and the general public: the single wage act for the entire public system, the education laws, the restructuring of government agencies and the anti-crisis measures.

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