Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Monday announced having informed Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea and Senate Chairman Calin Popescu Tariceanu about the need for the passage either of an emergency ordinance or of a draft law to ban exportation of unprocessed wood.
According to Ponta, if the draft law version is picked, the draft will be urgently debated in Parliament.
“I have informed the chairs of the two chambers, Mr Tariceanu and Mr Zgonea, about the fact that on Wednesday we want to pass legislation to temporarily ban unprocessed wood – an emergency ordinance, if not, in the worst-case scenario a draft law for urgent debate. If the opinion is for a draft law instead of an emergency ordinance, most certainly so, then we will have to take measures to allow the draft to pass through the Senate in one week and through the Chamber of Deputies in another week; even if the National Liberal Party (PNL) opposed it, we will mobilise ourselves to get legislation that bans exportation of unprocessed wood,” Ponta said at the Senate House after a meeting of the ruling coalition.
He added that the meeting of the ruling coalition reiterated the wish for continual support for concrete projects, especially economic ones.
“Inside the coalition, we discussed the fact that we have to further all our economic projects. We noticed that the MPs of the PNL-PDL [National Liberal Party – Democratic Liberal Party] were ordered to draw motions for the mass-media instead of for the people. They do not seem to be serious, and so we have to go on with concrete projects, especially economic ones. A vote in the Chamber of Deputies is scheduled for Wednesday on two important laws – the Forestry Code, on which we will surely vote aye, and the law on personal bankruptcy, on which we will also vote aye. There is a version completed by the committee that will represent a significant upgrade of the legislation for personal bankruptcy,” said Ponta.