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Senate overrules passing STS to MAI, after negative responses of CSAT, SRI and SIE

The Senate Plenum overruled on Wednesday, with 79 votes against, and no more than four votes for, the draft law targeted to pass the Special Telecommunications Service (STS) under the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) after receiving negative responses from behalf of the Supreme Council for the National Defence (CSAT), the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE).

The draft law that belonged to the category of organic laws was initiated by PSD Deputies and Senators and referred to the change of Law no. 92 / 1996 that established the organization and functioning of STS, of emergency Government ordinance no. 30 / 2007 on the organization and functioning of the Ministry of Internal Affairs as well as other law, as the Senate is a decision-taking chamber.

The draft law entered the debate of the Senate Plenum after the Defence Committee of the Senate had issued an overruling report.

The overruling report mentioned the negative points of view received by the draft law from behalf of CSAT, SRI and SIE.

According to these institutions, by changing the status of STS and by passing it over to MAI, “there might be situations that could challenge the proper functioning of institutions as part of the National Security System, the central and local public administration.”

The draft law was tacitly approved in March 2014 by the Chamber of Deputies, as the deadline for debate – March 20, 2014, was overdue, Mediafax informs.

According to this draft law, STS would be reorganized as a Special Telecommunications Department inside the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a structure of distinct legal personality led by a state secretary and three state undersecretaries, appointed or dismissed by the Prime Minister’s decision.

The draft law also showed that, at the date the law would come into effect, MAI would overtake from STS the patrimony, the budget, the staff and the respective positions.

PM Victor Ponta had announced in March 2014, after an encounter with the Parliament Group of Minorities, that he received a proposition to “find a better formula” for the Special Telecommunications Service (STS), that should be controlled by the Parliament, and Service 112 should be kept by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Ponta had said that, according to the point of view expressed by USL, as he had known about the draft law and had discussed it with other colleagues as well, “it is an even better idea that that of the Government.”

“Together, in the Parliament, we will try to apply this formula. We will seek the advice of our Liberal colleagues as well, and also the opinions of our Liberal colleagues and of those of other groups in the Parliament and we hope that, this way, the final solution of the law would be a Liberal solution, as little disputed politically as possible”, the PSD President pointed out.”

 

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