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December 1, 2022

Senate rejects draft law on Rosia Montana

The leader of PSD Senators, Ilie Sarbu asks the declassification of documents involving the gold mine project, says the report of the
parliamentary committee has been sent to the General Prosecutor’s Office.

The Senate yesterday rejected the draft law on the Rosia Montana mining exploitation in the form sent by the government. The Senate adopted, with 119 votes to 3 and 6 abstentions, the report of the special parliamentary committee on Rosia Montana, which rejects the draft law in the form sent by the government. The act has an organic character and the Senate is the first House to vote for it, but the Chamber of Deputies will have the final say.
The leader of the PSD group in the Senate, Ilie Sarbu said during debates that all those involved, who gave signatures in this case, will not have peaceful holidays, because the report of the parliamentary committee has been already sent to the General Prosecutor’s Office. “The peace of those who abusively, illegally gave these signatures began disappearing, and this is the satisfaction of lawmakers, who did not waste their time for nothing. (…) Those who were involved will not have peaceful holidays, I think. (…) For the peace of mind of those who were involved in what this project has meant, since it was approved, since the transfers were made until today, the report has was sent to the General Prosecutor’s Office,” Sarbu mentioned, quoted by Mediafax. He explained that, at least for these deeds that were made during the Rosia Montana project, it is important that these documents to be declassified. Sarbu added that one cannot speak about a failure of the government if some ordinances are rejected by the Parliament, because this means that the Parliament does its duty and the supreme censorship, by the Parliament, operates.
From the ranks of the opposition, PDL Senator Alexandru Peres mentioned that this actually is the analysis of a committee that probed all the documents signed in relation to Rosia Montana. “This special committee actually was a probing committee. (…) They added to this file various pieces of evidence that will be used by the General Prosecutor’s Office, or not. (…) I still have a bitter taste, because we are witnessing the analysis of a report drafted by a parliamentary committee,” the PDL Senator stated. He added that one should change the name of the committee into a committee that investigates the documents which laid at the basis of this project, on measures to revive the mining of gold and silver at Rosia Montana.
The Democrat-liberals did not participate in the final vote cast by the plenum of the Senate on Rosia Montana, nor did they attend the proceedings of the committee. “The committee proved to be as useless as the project sent by the government. (…) The government played a win-win game: if the project is not done, the government is covered against the company’s demands; if it gets done and things go bad, the Parliament is to blame,” the leader of PDL senators, Cristian Radulescu said before the vote.
Before the special committee was formed, the draft law on measures pertaining to the gold and silver mining at Rosia Montana and stimulating and facilitating the development of mining assets in Romania had been rejected by the Administration Committee and the Law Committee of the Senate. In its turn, the Rosia Montana Committee considered that the draft law subject to examination does not provide a satisfactory approach to all the complex requirements of the framework in which the mining of mineral resources is conducted in Romania and, as a consequence, proposed the rejection of the document. The committee considers as necessary defining new conditions in view of a correct partnership between the majority shareholder and the Romanian state company, which will observe the mandatory European norms and the principles of the sustainable development of the areas where the project will be developed,” reads the report.

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