Decentralizing public services, observing provisions regarding use of maternal languages of national minorities and improving legislation in view of streamlining procedures of retrocession of abusively confiscated properties during the communist period are some of the provisions stipulated in the Parliamentary Cooperation Agreement signed on Wednesday, at the Palace of Parliament, between the Governing for Development and Democracy Coalition among the Social Democratic Party (PSD) – the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) and the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR).
According to the document, UDMR will support the draft laws proposed by the Government, and the ministries initiating normative acts will consult parliamentary groups of the signatory parties in order to obtain the necessary parliamentary support for draft laws, including the one regarding the state budget.
The agreement also stipulates that the draft laws initiated by the parliamentarians of PSD-ALDE coalition and those of UDMR will be mutually endorsed if there was a consultation among parliamentary groups and an understanding with respect to these draft laws.
The parties will uphold as a priority the demarches in the Education and Health domains and also prioritizes the budgeting and finalizing of road transport infrastructure at the motorway level stipulated in the governing programme.
The representatives of the three parties will moreover focus on improving legislation regarding the streamlining procedures of retrocession of abusively confiscated properties during the communist period.
“Decentralizing by the public administration authorities of public services will be considered important in reforming the administration in Romania. In order to professionalise local public services, the parties consider it necessary to implement legislation that ensures the increase of wage rights of employees working in the local public administration, within the unified wage law,” reads the protocol.
Last but not least, the parties agree to ensure the observance of legal requirements, as well as of obligations that arise from international treaties of which Romania is part, as regards the use of the maternal language of national minorities, within the public administration as well as the ones regarding the national education system and the regulations of use of local community symbols.
In view of implementing the provisions of this agreement, consultations among the parliamentary groups’ leaders and the signatory parties will take place weekly.
At the end of each parliamentary session, the parties will analyze the stage of the agreement’s observance.
The main objectives of the document are the importance of ensuring Romania’s political and macroeconomic stability and the existence of a large parliamentary support in the 2016-2020 mandate, the strengthening of the role, the weight and responsibility of Parliament’s activity, as well as accomplishing the objectives of economic growth and new job opportunities, of increasing material welfare and living standards as well as the respect of citizens’ rights and liberties, including those belonging to national minorities.
PSD, ALDE and UDMR have the absolute majority in Parliament: they have 280 parliamentarians out of a total of 465
The coalition formed by PSD, ALDE and UDMR gathers 280 parliamentarians out of a total of 465, and if we take into account that the group of minorities usually votes with the power, they will reach a total of 297 parliamentarians, which means that any law will be easily approved in Parliament.
PSD obtained 221 senator and deputy seats, while ALDE obtained 29 seats. Together with UDMR, the two parties that proposed the name of the PM will have 280 seats out of a total of 465 seats. Besides, with the support of the group of minorities (17 seats), any law could be easily approved in the Legislative.