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June 30, 2022

Special MPs pensions postponed

The joint plenary meeting of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate has sent back to the Statue Committee, with a two-week response deadline, the re-examination request made by President Klaus Iohannis regarding the draft law introducing special pensions for the members of Parliament, upon the request of the PSD political group.
The decision was made with 269 votes in favour, 142 against and 13 abstentions.
PNL voted against sending back the bill and UDMR abstained.
This is the second time the draft law, actually the re-examination request made by the president, is returned to the speciality committee, in the context where the interim President of PSD, Liviu Dragnea, had said the opportunity of the act should be re-considered.
The leader of the Social-Democrat deputies, Marian Neacsu, proposed that the law should be sent back to the committee which should be given a two-week deadline for amending the report so that the MPs who would receive special retirement benefits would have served minimum one full term and not just one year, as the current report said, according to Mediafax.
President Klaus Iohannis in July returned the law to Parliament to be re-examined.
According to the Presidency, the necessity of re-examination ‘is motivated, on the pone hand, by the excessive and arbitrary character of the new indemnity the deputies and senators would benefit from and, on the other hand, by the fat that such entitlement would go to all MPs, including those who committed corruption offences under the former Criminal code and those whose term ceased on incompatibility grounds’.

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