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April 11, 2021

Parliamentary efficiency: 90 per cent of the Parliamentary committees’ projects are over deadline, some by eight years!

On the agenda of the committees in the Chamber of Deputies, there are, for content examination, 560 draft laws. According to Digi 24, among these, 507 are over the deadline of issuing reports.
In other words, over 90 per cent of the projects. Since December 23 and until the beginning of February, though, the officials are on holiday.

The record of draft laws still in their cases and, obviously, late, belongs to the Juridical Committee: 226 initiatives, 208 of which are over deadline. Next is the Committee for Labour (80 draft laws, 74 over deadline), the Committee for Industries (71 draft laws, 65 over deadline and the Committee for Budget (66 draft laws, 59 over deadline).

In order to deny the idea that the high number of draft law received for examination would instantly result in a high number of delays, the Committee for Romanian Communities outside the borders has only one draft law on its agenda and it is late nonetheless – it is a proposal of creating Romanian Community Centres abroad; the report for this law should have been completed on April 9, 2015.)

The fact that the situation is absolutely not accidental results from the age of some of the draft laws: some are five or six years old; some are over eight. The age record is held by a legal initiative presently at the Committee for Industries: the draft of the Crafts Law, that stipulated the data of June 10, 2007 for submitting the report.

It is to be mentioned that all these delayed draft laws are at the Chamber of Deputies as decision-reaching forum. Moreover, in its quality as the first Chamber notified, the Chamber of
Deputies has had 32 laws adopted tacitly (wihout any discussions, by the completion of the term stipulated by the Constitution).

And the situation has all chances to get worse in 2016, under the circumstances that we have two series of elections, and the officials have got the habit to have several weeks of holiday nicknamed “working in the territory” for the electoral campaign.

The Deputies of the Juridical Committee complain of too much work: “Requests from behalf of Justice, more than in any other term”

The Deputies of the Juridical Committee complain that the prosecutors gave them too much work last year. Because they had to issue fast verdicts in the cases of requests of criminal pursuit or preventive arrest issued on the names of several officials, hundreds of legal initiatives remained undiscussed. Among them, there were controversial proposals, such as eliminating handcuffs in the cases of corruption suspects or granting amnesty or reprieve to certain categories of convicts.

Last year, DNA and DIICOT sent the Parliament 23 requests to cease the immunity of officials prosecutors wanted to initiate criminal pursuit against, detain them or demand their preventive arrest.

Before being discussed in the plenum, these requests are brought to the Juridical Committee, along with the file of the respective official.

Analyzing these documents seems a work that exceeds the power of juridical officials. Thus, it cannot be explained why over 200 legal initiatives were forgotten and placed in the category of draft laws over deadline.

Daniel Fenechiu, Deputy of the Juridical Committee: “There are draft laws in the Juridical Committee delayed by four years, or even five. I saw a draft law that was seven or eight years late. Therefore, it depends on the management of the Juridical Committee.
Undoubtedly, in the moment that, in a session, you have five or six days dedicated to requests filed by justice and by DNA, it is natural that no draft laws are discussed on those days.”

Bogdan Ciuca, ALDE Deputy: “At the Juridical Committee, there are initiatives that require longer debates, such as, by example, the individual bankruptcy law. It is the committee that has the highest number of draft laws on their daily agenda. Moreover, requests from behalf of justice were more than in any other term.”

Although most members of the Committee have graduated an university of law, PSD has promoted Catalina Stefanescu at one of the most important institutions in the Chamber of Deputies. She graduated foreign languages and afterwards, gained a master degree in Political Sciences.

Another member of the Juridical Committee, Ionut Cristian Savoiu, has a degree in geodesy, and Victor Roman has graduated the Automobiles section of a Constructions High School and has a master degree in management.

Ciprian Nica, Vice-President of the Juridical Committee: “The technical space is the place where we need professionals, indeed; we are not covered there. And we cannot manage to deal with all requirements, with our present staff”.

According to Digi24, another issue mentioned by juridical deputies is the lack of civil servants who, once they gain experience, leave to the private sector, where wages are higher.

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