All minority groups agree on ethnic minorities’ statute

Speaker of the Lower Chamber Valeriu Zgonea stated on Tuesday that he has information according to which UDMR, the group of ethnic minorities within the Lower Chamber and the other Parliamentary groups have reached an agreement on the ethnic minorities’ statute and the form in which it will enter final voting. He also pointed out that he has information that an agreement on the final form of this draft law was reached at political level. The Lower Chamber plenum voted on Tuesday to send the law on the ethnic minorities’ statute back to the commission for human rights, cults and minorities. The commission has a one-week deadline to present its report. The law on the ethnic minorities’ statute is part of the more than 100 draft laws sent to parliament as the government’s legislative priorities. Zgonea added that on Tuesday he met Premier Victor Ponta and Senate Speaker Crin Antonescu in order to discuss the government’s legislative priorities.

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