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April 11, 2021

Chamber of Deputies postpones debate on the review of the party financing law and political parties draft law

The Chamber of Deputies decided on Wednesday to send back to the Electoral Code Commission for a week the request for the review of the law on the financing of political parties and the draft law on political parties, as requested by the leader of the PSD group, Marian Neacsu, who raised ‘certain inconsistencies’.

‘Since a series of new articles have been added since we discussed the report yesterday (Tuesday) on the Electoral Code Commission, the one presented to us today being different, come of them having a correlative character and not being brought in agreement and never been discussed by the Commission, I am requesting that you send these draft laws back to the Commission’, the PSD MP said.

He noted that the draft laws would be debated in plenary session the following Wednesday.

The amendments to the two bills adopted by the Senate were discussed by the Electoral Code Commission on Tuesday.

The Chairman of the Commission on the Electoral Code, Mihai Voicu, informed that the two bills would be discussed in plenary session by the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday.

Last Wednesday, the Senate adopted the draft law on the financing of political parties and election campaigns, accommodating the objections raised by President Klaus Iohannis in his review request made to the Legislative body, as well as the draft law on political parties.

The review request was for a clearer specification on the loans political parties may take and the Commission decided to amend the law to introduce a maximum three year term for repaying such loans, the requirement that cash loans may only be obtained and repaid by bank transfer and that the cash loans that are not repaid within three years become donations under the law.

Another change made is in connection with the donations of properties to be used as headquarters, introducing a two-year term for fulfilling the obligation to buy the property with a donation made for that purpose. The failure to meet the deadline attracts the cancellation of the exemption from the ceiling.

The law on the financing of political parties and election campaigns was returned by the president to the Parliament on 10 April, before Easter, for review. The president said the law he had received for promulgation had issues regarding the compliance with the parliamentary procedure, Mediafax informs,


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