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May 24, 2022

Chamber of Deputies passes Penal Code implementation bill

The Chamber of Deputies yesterday passed  215-3, and 17 abstentions, the Penal Code implementation bill of law, despite some of the deputies saying the draft law contains absurdities that should be corrected by Feb 1, 2014, when it will come into force. Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) Mate Andras said that the bill stipulates the deputies, senators, local and county councilors being considered civil servants criminal law wise. He explained that this means they cannot vote to their election to the Standing Bureau or as commission chairperson, as this would be considered a crime. National minorities deputy Varujan Pambuccian, too, criticized the bill stipulating that deputies and senators are incompatible with the positions of presidents or vice-presidents of   non-governmental organizations, such as the national minorities organization. “The bill contains absurd provisions as well, I hope they will be corrected,” Pambuccian said. Social-Democrat Deputy Anghel Stanciu made the point that MPs become civil servants with respect to sanctions, yet not rights.  In his turn, Democrat-Liberal Mircea Toader said the draft law is part of the judicial reform and all  the Parliament made a special effort to get the bill passed, and emphasized the merit of the  Boc and Ungureanu governments as initiators of this reform.

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