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September 26, 2021

Guard and protection service law, changed by ordinance

During its Wednesday meeting, the Government approved a new “mammoth emergency ordinance” that stipulated the change of the law on organizing and functioning of the Guard and Protection Service (SPP). Concretely, SPP may grant protection to officials and former officials, as well as presidents of parties in the parliament, at their demand and with the approval of the Supreme Council of National Defence (CSAT).

Therefore, if a former Minister or party leader wanted, they could benefit of SPP protection. Moreover, SPP will be permitted, with the approval of CSAT, to initiate, organize and complete activities of cooperation, instruction and training with international organizations and institutions. It is uncertain though what is the emergency for SPP in providing protection to certain officials, HotNews.ro reported.

At this time, only a few former officials may be provided SPP protection. Ex-Presidents of the country are granted protection for the rest of their lives, former Prime Ministers enjoy it for two years and previous Presidents of the Chamber of Deputy and of the Senate, for one year.

With an approval by CSAT, the Guard and Protection Service may provide paid protection to officials and former officials, others than the ones chosen by decree of the Supreme Council of National Defence.
Also related to SPP, the emergency ordinance also stipulates that they may attend research activities supported and co-financed by the European Commission, as part of consortia with international attendance or as sole applicants.
The normative act also includes other stipulations that may justify the emergency. The emergency may be a stipulation that regulates exempting certain products, such as fuel, from state reserves, in case of a crisis, and providing them free to institutions that have attributions in the field of justice, public order and national security.
The Emergency Ordinance also stipulates certain measures for providing means of transportation destined to carrying classified materials for NATO and the EU. According to the normative act, the National Office of State Intelligence (ORNISS) may purchase two means of transportation adapted to the requirements of the institution.

PNL leaders refuse SPP protection

Although she has repeatedly complained about being followed in traffic, Alina Gorghiu says she would not ask for SPP protection.
‘I don’t think it’s for me. I doubt it’s for me. For now, I need no security and protection. God forbid I ever need it!’ Gorghiu said on Thursday.
A few months back, Alina Gorghiu was complaining about being tailed by various vehicles in traffic. ‘I have noticed even this morning the private cars that have been accompanying me in traffic for a few months now, probably someone wants to protect me’, Gorghiu was writing on Facebook.
Vasile Blaga also doesn’t want to be protected by SPP. ‘I don’t know what this is about yet and I am not going to ask for it either’, Blaga said.
The beneficiaries of SPP protection, according to an order issued by the Government on Wednesday are PSD leader Liviu Dragnea and UDMR leader Kelemen Hunor.

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