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PM Grindeanu: Romanian people will decide by vote on citizen initiative regarding family redefinition

The Romanian people will decide by vote on citizen initiative regarding family redefinition, said Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu on Tuesday night, in Vienna.

“You know my opinion, I’m among the 3 million Romanians who have signed “in favour” but this is a first step. Eventually, it is a proposal to amend the Constitution, and the Romanians will decide by vote if it is “yes” or “no”. I believe it is the right way,” said Grindeanu, when asked on how he comments about the vote given by the Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday to the citizen initiative regarding the revision of Constitution on the redefinition of the family.

Sorin Grindeanu added that a decision is to be made by the Romanians, and specified that a debate on this topic must take place.

The Chamber of Deputies’ plenum adopted on Tuesday by a vote of 232 to 22 and 13 abstentions the citizen initiative to revise the Constitution as regards the definition of the family.

According to the citizen initiative for the revision of the Constitution, “the family is based on the freely-consented marriage between a man and a woman, on their equality, and on the parents’ right and obligation to make sure that the children are properly raised, educated and schooled.”

The Law Committee approved the text in the form it was submitted.

The project will be also debated and voted in the Senate.


“No matter-of-fact discussion with Dragnea regarding pardon draft law”


Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu stated on Tuesday, in Vienna, that he did not have a matter-of-fact discussion with the Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea on the pardon draft law.

“We have a version that we have sent to Parliament. We have clarified what we are saying as Government. There was no matter-of-fact discussion on this subject of the pardon draft law only, with Mr. Dragnea, but I speak very often with him,” Grindeanu stated, being asked if he discussed with the PSD leader on this issue.

The head of the Executive specified he had no discussions with the Justice Minister Tudorel Toader about the latest amendments to this piece of legislation in Parliament.


“Draft law on RCA tariffs in Parliament, we are waiting for decision to be made”


Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu also stated on Tuesday, in Vienna, referring to mandatory motor vehicle liability insurance RCA tariffs, that the Government expects Parliament to make a decision on the bill that regulates this field.

“Both my colleagues in the Cabinet and I – whether we are talking about the Minister of Finance, the Transport Minister and other colleagues – we discussed with our colleagues in Parliament, with those from the Budget and Finance Committees, at the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. There have been a number of discussions with haulers in order to seek their opinion on this issue. Additionally, with the Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF), the conclusion is that in the upcoming period – as there is a draft law in Parliament – this draft law should be discussed. Thus, we will expect the Parliament to make a decision in this respect,” Grindeanu affirmed, when asked whether a government decision to extend the capping deadline would be approved.

At the same time, the head of the Executive has stated that he wants to fulfill the commitments made to the European Commission.

“Through the commitments we have undertaken with the European Commission, we have to take some measures. This bill that is being discussed in Parliament, will be adopted as soon as possible (…) so that we can clarify things. I want to fulfill our commitments to the European Commission (…) The RCA prices will not burst in the next period,” Grindeanu further said.

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