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May 17, 2021

Ex PM Nastase – ironic towards Anastase, suggests free public access to state institution spaces

Former Prime Minister and a leading member of the opposition Social-Democrats Adrian Nastase posted on his blog a draft law which allows free public access to spaces owned by state institutions. In his post, Nastase said the draft law was triggered by Chamber of Deputies Speaker Roberta Anastase’s recently announced plan to tear down the walls that surround the Palace of Parliament. The speaker, a member of the ruling Democrat Liberal Party, said the fence is “a symbol of the broken connection between people and lawmakers” and underlined that nowhere in Europe is there another Parliament building surrounded by walls. In response, Nastase initiated a draft law allowing citizens free access to the yards surrounding government headquarters Victoria Palace, Palace of Parliament, the president’s Cotroceni Palace, ministries and all other public institutions. The former prime minister wrote that he plans to file the draft law in Senate and has already secured backing from a large number of MPs from the PSD, the National Liberal Party and minorities’ group. “The expenses required to bring down the walls and fences and to eliminate security check points will be supported by the Romanian government from its reserve fund,” the PSD leader wrote. Nastase also ironically commented that such a law would give Romanians access to spaces that are “abusively occupied” by authorities and would help cut budget expenses in view of fighting the economic crisis.

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