Senate’s Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Monday that the initiative filed by him and Liviu Dragnea on the Royal House’s statute does not provide the level of expenditures, and the budget will be approved by the Government annually, but he said there will not be high costs.
“Our proposal to adopt a statute on the functioning of the Royal House is related to several very important issues. The Royal House advocated in the past, too, and I am speaking about the period since 1990 until today, for promoting historical traditions related to Romania’s sovereignty and independence, for Romania’s image, for promoting personalities and institutions, and I believe this has to continue in the coming period, on a long term. This is why we made this legislative initiative” Tariceanu stated.
He mentioned that the draft law provides details on all the actions to be performed by the Royal House and which will have to be supported by the Romanian state because they are in the benefit of the Romanian state.
“I know there are a lot of talks about the budget to be used, I saw that fantastic amounts are circulated, but they don’t anything to do with reality. I can tell you that these costs will be approved annually by the Government, through draft decisions. The law doesn’t have the possibility to set a ceiling or a minimum amount, they will be set by a draft Government’s decision” the Senate’s Speaker added.
“When I led the Government, I granted the status of a special representative of the Government both to Princess Margareta and Prince Radu, because there was a functioning budget for that period, a modest budget which allowed certain activities of the Royal House to be performed in Romania’s benefit, and I believe this tradition must be perpetuated” Tariceanu also said.
As for the costs, he assured us they will not be high.
“The costs shouldn’t be our concern, given that the administrative part will be provided by a staff consisting of maximum 20 people. However, they will be set by the Government, the same as the meeting agenda, the actions which the Royal House will propose, and the Government has to allocate this money” Tariceanu stated.
Asked about other benefits, such as Elisabeta Palace, the Senate’s Speaker replied: “I wouldn’t say it is a necessarily benefit. Elisabeta Palace is currently in the use of the Royal House, and our proposal is that the same legal status should be maintained for the next 49 years: the right to use it”.
USR’s Ghinea: The future head of the Royal House should think more about the public and the country than about political agreements
The Save Romania Union (USR) Vice Chairman Cristian Ghinea stated on Monday that his party will submit a number of amendments to the draft law on the statute of the Royal House, in order to remove material benefits and the subordination of the institution to the politics, adding that the future head of the Royal House should think more about the public and the country than about political agreements with those who are temporarily governing Romania.
“We’ll bring amendments in order to remove material benefits and the subordination of the Royal House to the politics, and if these amendments will be voted, we will vote the draft law, too. I other words, we want to allocate funds for the public’s education in the idea of the respect towards monarchy, we want to remove material benefits of the Royal House and of the head of the Royal House, and then the draft law is worthy in the idea of the monarchy, instead of being a draft law which only continuously blackmails the Royal House, so that it will be at the politicians’ will” Cristian Ghinea stated.
USR Vice Chair explained that by the legislative initiative filed by Liviu Dragnea and Calin Popescu Tariceanu, the Royal House becomes an ordinary institution of the Romanian state, included in the state budget, depending on the Romanian state also in terms of other goods, such as Elisabeta Palace.
“We are not doing anything else than creating a new institution that will be politically controlled. Royal House should be independent from the Romanian State, autonomous, it should be a legitimate voice of the public, and this is why it should remain independent. By this draft law, the Royal House becomes politically subordinated. I believe that the next head of the Royal House should think more about the public and the country than about political agreements with those who are temporarily governing Romania” Ghinea concluded.