The opposition reported yesterday a number of small victories in the Senate. The first consisted in rejecting the bill initiated by the Government, which proposed to modify the process of promotion to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) bench, so that only candidates with at least 15 years’ experience in the judge or prosecutor office would be allowed to accede to this position.
According to Mediafax, the bill was rejected with 52 votes “against”, 48 votes “in favour” and one blank vote. The decision is final, as the Senate was the decisional Chamber on this bill. Under current regulations, the minimum experience for magistrates who wish to accede to ICCJ is 12 years. Another modification proposed by the Executive was that judges running for the ICCJ bench should sit for a written examination. Another victory reported by the opposition is the tacit adoption of the bill for the modification of the Labour Code. In this case the decision is not final and the bill is to be forwarded to the Chamber of Deputies, which holds the decisional power on it. In the form drafted by the opposition, the Labour Code sets the maximum trial period at 90 days for execution positions and 120 days for management positions. During the trial period, the individual employment contract can be terminated without a notice, but by written notification. Another provision stipulates that a fixed term employment contract cannot be sealed for a term longer than 36 months. On the same occasion, the senators put on hold the debate on the social assistance bill, at the Social-Liberal Union (USL)’s request, as the opposition announced it would ensure the quorum needed for the debate only before the term for its tacit adoption, which is in November. Dissatisfied, Democrat Liberal Party (PDL) MPs threatened the bill would be passed through the Senate by tacit adoption, because of the opposition’s “boycott”. “There’s no call for (e.n. the Government’s) taking responsibility on it. The opposition made us waste four weeks, another four remain and the bill will be passed tacitly and forwarded to the Chamber,” the leader of PDL Senators, Cristian Radulescu, stated.