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Tariceanu: Senate history, an argument to reject attempts to destroy bicameralism

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu on Thursday said the history of 150 years of the Romanian Senate is an argument against the disbandment of the chamber and of bicameralism.
At a symposium on Thursday called ‘150 years: history and tradition in Romania’s Senate. Bicameral parliamentarianism in Romania. Tradition and prospects,’ Tariceanu also pointed to the need to redefine the Senate as an institution, so that it may regain ‘the vocation to represent national as well as regional interests.’ ‘This history of the Senate is a very strong argument, not even the only one, in favour of rejecting any attempts at disbanding the Romanian Senate and annihilating bicameralism, which in Romania has known one of the most illustrious and oldest traditions in Europe and the world,’ said Tariceanu.
In his turn, Romanian Ombudsman Victor Ciorbea said that the bicameral legislature sets up ‘more efficient control of the Government and the country’s president’. ‘Bicameralism is likely to improve the quality of law-making, while at the same time avoiding that the power be concentrated in the Parliament by sharing the it between the two chambers; the two chambers mutually prevent each other from being susceptible to despotic temptations,’ Ciorbea told the symposium.
Geoana: It would be wrong to answer Basescu in kind
On the day marking 150 years since the Senate was founded, PSD Senator Mircea Geoana stated it would be a mistake if senators answered Traian Basescu “in kind” and urged “institutional leaders” to act “maturely,” ,”tactfully,” and “intelligently.” “It is true that Traian Basescu has harboured tensions, fuelled conflicts, and declared outright war to anyone who opposed him (…). However, his inauspicious term at the helm of this country will come to an end in December and we should not fall prey to the conflict-based rationale incessantly promoted by Traian Basescu,” Geoana said in a press release issued Thursday.

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