Senate Speaker Crin Antonescu signed on Tuesday
a decision according to which the Senate will be led by Deputy Speaker Petru Filip on September 4-5. The decision has been published in the Official Gazette.
The “decision on exercising the Senate’s leadership on September 4-5” appeared in the Official Gazette on Tuesday. “In line with the provisions of Article 40, Paragraph 2, of the Senate Regulations, the Senate Speaker decides: on September 4-5 the Senate’s leadership will be exercised by Senator Petru Filip, the Senate’s Deputy Speaker,” the decision signed by Senate Speaker Crin Antonescu on September 4 reads.
Ilie Sarbu, leader of Social-Democrat Senators, stated on Tuesday that the delegation of Senate Deputy Speaker Petru Filip (PSD) as Senate Speaker is a decision that is automatically extended. He made the statements when asked whether Petru Filip can still chair the Senate’s and Permanent Bureau’s meetings considering that his delegation expired on Monday, September 3. “Petru Filip is just interim Senate Speaker. Mr. Crin Antonescu is the Senate Speaker. He will return tomorrow (Wednesday – editor’s note). Of course, Mr. Filip’s delegation has been extended until he returns. These are formalities. The delegation is valid, it was made when Crin Antonescu left his office to become interim president. It continues. Had it been a procedure to elect the president then we would have had a problem, otherwise the delegation is automatically extended,” the leader of Social-Democrat Senators stated.
PDL Senator Radu Berceanu stated on Tuesday during the plenum meeting that this is for the first time in his entire parliamentary career when a sitting starts in the absence of the Senate Speaker, adding that this precedent should never be repeated.
“It’s the first time in both the Lower Chamber and the Senate when the sitting starts in the absence of the Speaker of the Chamber. I believe it’s a precedent that should not be repeated because the anthem was sung, it’s a solemn moment and since this hasn’t happened before in 22 and a half years it better not happen again,” Berceanu stated.