Union leaders close to wealth statement exemption

The Chamber of Deputies tacitly passed Tuesday a legislative proposal by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) cancelling the obligation of presidents, vice-presidents, secretaries and treasurers of trade union federations and confederations to declare their wealth and business interests, as the National Agency of Integrity (ANI) Law demands, Mediafax reports. The proponents say union leaders have abusively been included in the dignitary category in order to “be systematically submitted to pressure and blackmail by public authorities”. As the debate deadline of Oct. 29 lapsed, the proposal was tacitly adopted. It will now face a final vote in the Senate, the decision-making chamber of Romania’s Parliament. The Lower House version of the ANI law went through the Senate on August 24, after senators voted down a similar lower chamber-proposed amendment.

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