PSD Senator Titus Corlatean proposed on Wednesday at the plenum meeting the setting up of a parliamentary commission on migration, refugees and asylum seekers, pointing out that migration will be the main topic in Europe for a long time to come and Romania’s Parliament has “a very serious expertise deficit” in this domain.
“I am making this statement as Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on Schengen Accession. On 16 September I sent to the two Chambers’ Standing Bureaus a note informing them and warning the Parliament’s leadership that we are among the few EU parliaments, if not the only one, that lack a standing parliamentary commission that would address issues related to migration, refugees, asylum seekers,” Corlatean stated in the Senate.
He pointed out that the Romanian Parliament not only lacks a special commission on migration, while other European parliaments have such commissions, but it also lacks expertise in the domain. “Unfortunately, the Romanian Parliament not only does not have a special, standing commission on migration but it also has a very serious deficit of expertise. Against the backdrop in which we are receiving every week an avalanche of documents from the European Commission, draft directives, regulations, consultative documents on which a series of other commissions – on European Affairs, administration, Schengen – are issuing their opinions but we lack a commission that would be competent in substance, especially since this is a topic of top importance for the EU,” Corlatean stated.
He called on the leaders of parliamentary groups to take into consideration the proposal to set up a standing commission on migration, adding that “Parliament is really absent in the domestic decision-making and analysis process.”