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June 26, 2022

Senate meeting suspended because of truancy

Senators played truant en masse on Thursday, only 59 of the 168 Senators showing up for the meeting which was eventually suspended because of the lack of quorum.

According to Realitatea TV, the Senate’s plenum hall was almost empty. Deputy Speaker Ioan Chelaru eventually announced that the meeting is suspended, after his two roll calls failed to meet the quorum of 85 Senators stipulated by regulations.

Thus, Parliament’s Upper Chamber, led by Calin Popescu Tariceanu, enjoys yet another small vacation. Unlike the Lower Chamber MPs, Senators took a day off on Monday too, on account of the Catholic Pentecost, despite the fact that most of them are Orthodox. Moreover, the Senators will have the day off next Monday too, on account of the Orthodox Pentecost.

In conclusion, Senators have worked only 2 out of 11 days.

Apart from the late draft laws that are on the order of the day on the last stretch of this parliamentary sitting, Senators also have to take a decision in the Dan Sova case in which the Constitutional Court has decided that the Senate decision that refused to allow Sova placed under preventive arrest was unconstitutional.

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