Prime Minister Mihai Tudose does not endorse the law on regulating the legal statute of the Royal House and believes that the Elisabeta Palace should return to the state property after the death of King Mihai I, official sources told AGERPRES on Thursday.
The bill was submitted to the Senate on November 7, by the Speaker of this institution, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, and the Speaker of the Deputies Chamber, Liviu Dragnea.
“The legislative proposal stipulates that the Royal House should become a legal entity of private law and be granted the statute of an entity of public utility. Moreover, the law says that the position of Head of the Royal House of Romania should be acknowledged as a honorary office, and also as the formal equivalent of a former head of state, while also including a series of provisions meant to ensure that the Royal House carries out its activities and representation functions while benefiting from the entire support of the state,” informs a release of the Senate.
According to the abovementioned source, the provisions “will ensure a framework for an increased involvement of the Royal House in the affairs of the Romanian society”, as more than ever there is need of an institution to rise above the usual political battle, in which the Romanians to see an ideal of balance and continuity.”
PM: Elisabeta Palace should return to state; Royal House members should stay at Savarsin or elsewhere
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose on Thursday said that he doesn’t support the draft law on the Royal House legal status, arguing that Elisabeta Palace should return to the administration and property of the state after the death of King Mihai I.
“Romania isn’t a monarchy, but a republic. Elisabeta Palace must return to the Romanian state. The members of the Royal House can stay at Savarsin or elsewhere,” Tudose said in a meeting with the press.
“ I voiced opinion on Elisabeta Palace in a personal capacity”
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose pointed out at Parliament on Thursday that he drew up a personal point of view when he referred to the fact that he doesn’t support the draft law on the Royal House legal status, arguing that Elisabeta Palce should return to the administration and property of the Romanian state after King Mihai’s death.
“I made a statement in a personal capacity, I believe that that Palace [Elisabeta Palace], in a personal capacity, I reiterate, should return to the Romanian state, as the Royal House has estates returned by the state,” Mihai Tudose said, in reply to the journalists at the Parliament Palace when exiting the joint plenary session of the two Chambers, where he attended the solemn meeting devoted to the celebration of 28 years since the 1989 Revolution.
On the same topic, Chamber of Deputies Speaker Liviu Dragnea, who was next to Mihai Tudose, said: “Tomorrow [on Friday] we have a coalition meeting, we’ll discuss it tomorrow.” The coalition meeting would take place at Parliament around 11:00.