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September 24, 2021

Parliament runs law-making marathon

Deputies adopted four major laws demanded by president, in bulk, all in a breath.

The Chamber of Deputies yesterday gave the final vote on the National Integrity Agency (ANI) law, Codes on the Penal and Civil Procedures and the law empowering the government to pass ordinances during parliament recess, following a proposal made by Chamber Speaker Roberta Anastase. Anastase’s proposal gathered the votes of a majority of her fellow deputies, after the deputies had adopted the four laws on a per-article basis in a very short time in the course of the morning.

A fifth law, the one providing the status of civil servants, was debated and passed by articles and a final vote on it was also expected yesterday evening.

On Monday, President Traian Basescu wrote to the Speakers of the Senate and of the Chamber of Deputies renewing his request that the two chambers should pass the draft Codes of Civil and Penal Procedures and the ANI law before parliament recesses.

It was the Chamber speaker who hustled the MPs to exhaust ‘as many bills on the agenda as they could’, giving them the argument that they would thus have an easier time-table the following week that could be devoted to discussing ‘only reports to be submitted’ by committees at the week-end.

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