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September 29, 2022

The statute of MPs – unconstitutional, Constitutional Court rules

The Statute will return in Parliament in order to be brought in agreement with the CC decision

The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) admitted yesterday the complaint of PDL and PPDD of non-constitutionality of the modification brought to the Statute of the members of Parliament referring to the increase from 15 to 45 days of the interval in which an elect may appeal against a report made by the National Integrity Agency (ANI) in the case of a decision of incompatibility. In these conditions, the Statute will return in Parliament in order to be brought in agreement with the CC decision.While on visit to Vienna, where he attends the proceedings of the Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilisations organised by the UN, President Traian Basescu declared himself pleased with the fact that the modifications brought to the Statute of MPs were declared unconstitutional by CCR. According to Realitatea TV, the president said ‘Yes!’ when he learned the news.Senate Speaker Crin Antonescu said that he will respect the decision of the judges, but deputies and senators should not have the same deadlines as civil servants. “This does not mean that we considered MPs above the law. We could also say that the president may be investigated and that each citizen of Romania may sign international treaties. The argument is that legislators are not civil servants. This is our conception. The decision of the Court is something else and is compulsory,” Antonescu said, quoted by rtv.net.In his turn, the secretary of the Chamber of Deputies, Eugen Nicolicea (UNPR) said that the CCR decision referring to the Statute of deputies and senators was foreseeable and is correct. “I want to stress that it is not the Statute that was declared unconstitutional, but only those articles that referred to the 45-day deadline – there are two articles. (…) It is a correct decision, it allows us to correct the error that was made about the mandate being terminated at 45 days, no matter if it is challenged or not,” Nicolicea said, quoted by Mediafax.

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