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December 5, 2020

Senate rejects urgent procedure for pensions’ law

The opposition has defeated the ruling coalition within the Senate in what concerns the pensions’ law, a law that the Head of State sent back to be reexamined. The Senate rejected yesterday PDL’s demand to introduce an emergency procedure for reexamining the law, with talks concerning the advisability and legality of such an initiative lasting until the end of the meeting that was eventually suspended. The Social-Democrat Senators argued that the upper chamber’s regulations “do not include an emergency reexamination procedure.” In his turn, Senate Vice President Liberal Teodor Melescanu ex­plained that there is a difference between an emergency procedure debate and the reexamination debate: if the Senate does not rule in the case of an emergency procedure in 30 days’ time the law is considered adopted in its original form and will leave for the Lower Chamber. In reply, Cristian Radulescu, leader of Democrat-Liberal Senators, pointed out that PDL will oppose the opposition’s attempts to modify any articles other than those spelled out in the reexamination request. Radulescu argued that the decision could be taken very fast in line with constitutional provisions since the Senators have to reexamine “a single figure,” namely to lower the women’s retirement age from 65 to 63.

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