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Parliament resumes works with “PM’s hour”, “Minister’s Hour” as novelties of the new session

MPs are set to resume activity on Monday, the new session’s schedule following to include, as novelties, ‘the PM’s Hour’ and ‘the Minister’s Hour’ programmes.

While the Deputies Chamber convened for the first ordinary session of 2015 on Monday, the Permanent Bureau of this body will also meet in the same day to elect its new deputy speakers, secretaries and quaestors.

Later in the day, the MPs will attend ‘the PM’s Hour’ that was introduced as a novelty in this new parliamentary session, when Victor Ponta will come in Parliament and brief the deputies on the current priorities of the Government.

According to Speaker Valeriu Zgonea, ‘the PM’s Hour’ will take place every first Monday of each new session, while ‘the Minister’s Hour’ will take place in the remaining Mondays.

‘The remaining Mondays will be for the ministers, with the leaders of the opposition proposing a guest for ‘the Minister’s Hour’ to question him on a particular topic and the government leaders will also come up with their proposal of a minister to discuss various issues,’ specified the Deputies Chamber Speaker, quoted by Agerpres..

Among the top priorities of the Deputies in the new session kicking off on Monday are the draft law on personal bankruptcy, which is still being discussed by the legal committee and the one regarding the reconversion of the loans, still under debate in the budget committee.

Other priorities proposed by the parliamentary parties have to do with the improvement of the legislative framework referring to the pre-foreclosure stages, extension of the children’s allowances, extending the VAT cut for basic foods.

The Parliament will also discuss the modification of the electoral law, of the political parties law, law on funding of political parties and revision of the Constitution, all these following to be debated first in the Committee for the Electoral Code and the joint Committee for the Revision of the Constitution.

 

President Iohannis meets the Chambers Speakers

 

President Klaus Iohannis meets on Monday, at 10.00 EET, in the Blue Room of the Cotroceni Palace, with Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu and Chamber of Deputies Speaker Valeriu Zgonea, the schedule of the President, as posted on the Presidential Administration website, shows.

Initially, the meeting had been scheduled for Tuesday, January 27, but was delayed due to both Speakers being on official visits abroad.

 

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