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Lower chamber to convene on August 16 on ANI law

The Chamber of Deputies’ Standing Bureau decided, on Wednesday, to call an extraordinary assembly meeting on August 16, to discus the National Integrity Agency (ANI) law. The Senate will meet on August 10 to discuss a possible convening of senators on the same day

The Speaker of the Chamber, Roberta Anastase, stated that the topic on the agenda of the Chamber’s August 16 extraordinary assembly meeting is the ANI law. She explained that the Standing Bureau decided to summon the Legal Commission to discuss the Constitutional Court (CC) ruling regarding the unconstitutionality of the law for the exercise of public office and dignity which is to modify and complete Law 144/ 2007.

Anastase explained that, in the Standing Bureau, the National Liberal Party (PNL) called for the introduction of another two bills on the agenda, which are currently at the Budget-Finance Commission, namely, the bill to counteract delayed payments and a bill to approve tax-reducing measures. She stated that this proposal of the Standing Bureau will be presented before the Chamber assembly on August 16.

Anastase added that the reports of the specialised commissions on the ANI law and the two bills proposed by the Liberals will have to be completed three days before the extraordinary session. “The Legal and Budget Commission will receive the notification today [Wednesday] and, from this moment on, the Standing Bureau allows the two commissions to work, so that we will have the reports on the bills, first and foremost, on the ANI law,” Anastase said. When asked which bill will act as blueprint for the ANI law, Anastase explained that this will be decided by the Legal Commission, depending on the CC ruling.

Anastase added there were no problems related to the parliamentary vacation in calling the extraordinary meeting. “All parliamentary groups were open. This law [the ANI law] had the support of all the groups in the Chamber. I expect we will have a quorum and the ANI law will pass through the Chamber,” Anastase said.

According to Anca Boagiu, vice-president of the Upper Chamber, the senators’ permanent bureau will convene next Tuesday to discuss meeting on ANI law on the same date.

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