President Iohannis announces consultations with political parties on national security laws

President Klaus Iohannis has announced on Wednesday night consultations with the political parties for next week on the national security laws.

“I’ll have consultations next week, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tomorrow I’ll send the invitations to the political parties. On Monday I’ll talk with the prime minister on this topic, and on Tuesday and Wednesday I intend to learn the opinion of the political parties, then we’ll start a cycle of debate, approval that shall not finalise in two to three weeks; it is an wider process, but I don’t’ want to delay it, because these are matters that become more and more important,” Iohannis said in an interview aired by the public television TVR on Wednesday night.

He highlighted that the relevant legislation has lagged behind and that it needs improvement.

“Considering that we are talking about the national security, the cyber security, the [intelligence] services’ organization, these matters are very sensitive and important to everybody. We could not say that it is a matter that concerns only one party and the others doesn’t. It concerns everybody and all of the Romanian citizens and this is why I find it normal that this legislation, if possible should be adopted in a consensus, with the participation and approval of all political forces represented in the Parliament, with debates in the civil society which precede this decision and then it occurred naturally the idea of some consultations with the political parties,” added Iohannis.

He estimated that “not only luck, but the peoples’ professionalism has protected us from the terrorist attacks.”

He emphasized that the citizens’ rights and freedoms should be observed when drafting this legislation.

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