The Chamber of Deputies and the Senate adopted yesterday, in common session, the Statute of the Members of Parliament, modifying the provision ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court (CC), which means that MPs in conflict of interests may be penalised with 10 per cent of their indemnity during a maximum period of 3 months. The change of the Statute was adopted with 343 votes in favour, 51 against and 57 abstentions. The PDL MPs abstained, Senator Cristian Radulescu saying that the solution found by the Legal Committee to cut MPs pay in case of conflict of interests was ‘both a solution and a non-solution to the issue’. According to Radulescu, PDL said MPs in conflict of interests should be punished by a suspension of their term and ha even initiated a legislative proposal in that respect. On the other hand, PPDD said prolonging debates in the Senate was in nobody’s interest and that the adoption of the law was already much overdue. Lower Chamber Speaker Valeriu Zgonea said, after the vote yesterday, that the MPs would not stay at the hotel after the publication of the Statute in the Official Journal and noted he was happy with the version adopted. ‘The members of Parliament will no longer stay at the hotel after the publication of the Statute. Most of them, in a certain way, have found accommodation of other nature than hotels. I will pass first through the Standing Bureau, then through the plenary session a decision introducing a flat amount of RON 4,000 for accommodation, because this is what the budget allows for now’, Zgonea said. He said the adoption of the Stature had been delayed because of the differences between the leaders of the political groups.