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May 26, 2022

Heating subsidies regular motion fails

A regular motion filed by the opposition against a government decision to cut heating subsidies this winter has failed in the Senate on Monday evening, as it did not secure enough votes, according to Mediafax. The motion, signed by 57 senators of the Social-Liberal Union (USL), got 66 votes in favour, 62 votes against and one abstention. In order for it to be passed, it needed 69 votes, accounting for the majority of senators. The debates, in which opposition MPs said the cut of heating subsidies was a severe attack on people’s health, were also attended by Labour Minister Sulfina Barbu. But despite failure to have the motion passed, opposition MPs said the vote was nonetheless successful, as it showed that the current rule has lost the majority in the Senate.

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