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April 21, 2021

Lawmakers, truants on first day of work after Easter holiday

The Senate’s plenum meeting was suspended on Tuesday after approximately one hour of debates in which only six points were tackled from an order of the day that included 30 draft laws, with only 58 Senators being present.

After a week off on the occasion of Orthodox Easter, only 82 Senators showed up for work, and some of them left after only one hour. When the debates reached point 7 on the order of the day, Senator Marius Pascan (PNL) asked for a roll call, arguing that the quorum was no longer met. The roll call, conducted electronically, revealed that only 58 Senators were still within the plenum room. Justice Minister Raluca Pruna was present at the plenum meeting too, in order to present the Government’s point of view on the draft ordinance concerning wiretappings, a draft ordinance that received rejection reports from the Senate’s Judiciary and Constitutionality Commissions a week ago.

Likewise, the draft government ordinance on plagiarism in Ph.D. theses was also on the order of the day.

Lawmakers were in no hurry to take part in debates on the second day of work after the Easter holiday either, many of them remaining in their constituencies.

Senate Deputy Speaker Ioan Chelaru stated on Tuesday that one option being considered by the leaders of the parliamentary groups would be for the Senators’ activity during the last two weeks of this month to take place on Mondays, when plenum meetings and Standing Bureau meetings would take place, and for lawmakers to be present in their constituencies during the rest of the time.

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