Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu announced on Tuesday in Constanta that he would resign from the position of Secretary of the Senate starting with the beginning of the new parliamentary session.
Tutuianu stated on Tuesday that he requested the National Integrity Agency (ANI) an opinion regarding his presence at the helm of the Senate during the parliamentary vacation, the communicated conclusion being that he is not in an incompatibility state.
“I have asked before if there is an incompatibility state, because I was considering this summer period, when Parliament is in recess, and a solution had to be given by September 1 and the ANI’s response was that there is no incompatibility state,” the Minister specified.
In this context, Adrian Tutuianu stated that he would resign from the position of Secretary of the Senate at the beginning of September, when the parliamentary session resumes.
The Save Romania Union Party lodged, on Thursday, a referral with ANI regarding the incompatibility state that characterizes Adrian Tutuianu’s position, a minister in Tudose’s Government and at the same time secretary in the Senate’s Standing Bureau.
According to a press release, to convene the extraordinary session on August 8, 2017, Adrian Tutuianu took part and voted as a member of the Standing Bureau of the Senate, although Law no. 161/2003 clearly states that the position as a member of the Government is incompatible with any other public position of authority, except that of ordinary deputy or senator. This situation did not prevent Calin Popescu Tăriceanu from declaring the convening of the extraordinary session legal.