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June 30, 2022

Joint plenum of the two Chambers adopts setting up of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on the Protection and Guard Service

On Tuesday, the joint plenum of the Deputies’ Chamber and the Senate has approved, with 225 pros and 106 cons, the setting up of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on the Activity of the Protection and Guard Service (SPP). PNL announced that it will challenge the setting up of this committee to the Constitutional Court (CCR).

“The Parliamentary Inquiry Committee of the Senate and Deputies’ Chamber for checking the activity of the Protection and Guard Service’s Director, Mr. Pahontu Lucian-Silvan ad the manner in which he might have involved the institution in activities exceeding the legal framework of functioning is set up” is the decision that was subject to voting.

This Committee’s objectives are: to identify the procedures established for the compliance with the orders in the unit, the military regulations and the way of communicating the job duties; to establish if the SPP Director was involved or not in influencing political decisions or at political level; to check possible ways of involving SPP in activities exceeding the legal framework of functioning by the Director of the institution, Mr. Pahontu Lucian-Silvan; to check the activity reports of the SPP Director issued in the last five years; to identify the protocols concluded with other institutions, the rules established for the relationship with them and to check the compliance with the legal framework of the actions provided for these collaborations; to check the way and criteria of appointing the dignitaries’ protection officers; to identify the number of video and audio surveillance warrants requested under art.14, lett. d of the Law no.191/1998, and to check the compliance with the legal framework.

Other objectives are to identify the number of warrants actually obtained from the prosecutor; to establish the number of finding documents issued under the Law no.191 that were used as evidence in cases which were subject to criminal prosecution or submitted to the court; to check the procedure of its own activity of protecting the state secrecy and preventing the leak of data or information; the existence of the checks made by the Court of Auditors or other institutions in the last five years, related to public procurements and to the operative fund; to check the way of managing the information mentioned in the reports of the dignitaries’ protection officers that do not fit to the obligations provided for the issuance of the reports according the Law no.191.

“We appreciate that this inquiry Committee should actually transform in something else, since the initiative to establish it came from people who are known as having relationships with former Securitate officers or with people from the secret services. Maybe through this committee you will investigate exactly the connections of Mr. Dragnea and Mr. Tariceanu with former Securitate officers or with people working in the secret services (…) PNL is against this committee, as it will be against any committee you will set up from now on” PNL MP Raluca Turcan stated at the debates in the plenary meeting, quoted by news.ro.

“SPP conducts its activity under the coordination of CSAT, and the SPP Director, who is proposed by CSAT, submits reports related to the activity and to fulfilling the duties he has before the Defense Committees of the Deputies’ Chamber and the Senate (…) There is no need to set up a special committee in Parliament. Why don’t we hear Mr. Dragnea and Mr. Pahontu before these committees, and then decide if we really need to set up a special committee? This committee cannot be a military court. (…) Mr. Dragnea, with all due respect, you cannot turn PSD’s CEX in CSAT, and the political control on SPP means an attack on the national security” stated the USR representative.

“In the end, PMP wonders what will happen with the result of this inquiry committee? Who will implement it? Will it be implemented by the Parliament, will we substitute the legal attributions and take decisions instead of CSAT? (…) According to our parliamentary procedures, this is only a demonstration of force that only subjugates, rebukes SPP, an institution that everybody said that it’s a reliable institution, with professionals, internationally renowned. PMP will not vote for a committee which has the only purpose to discredit the institutions of the Romanian state” stated Petru Movila (PMP).

“Parliament has an important role in democracy, namely to have the capacity to analyze, to control when it has prerogatives, to draw conclusions when there are situations that cause anomalies in the functioning of the state institutions, of the democratic institutions. For this reason, having an inquiry committee is not a bad thing. But, as already demonstrated by the last report issued one or two weeks ago, as well as by the analysis conducted by that inquiry committee, I think that without changing the Parliament’s prerogatives, we will not be able to perform that activity that really is the Parliament’s obligation: a fair analysis, fair and concrete answers, a real control” stated the UDMR MP Attila Korodi.

“Setting up this committee is in perfect compliance with the regulations (…) It is the fundamental role of the Parliament to check the state institutions, and you can’t deny this role (…) The Parliament has the legal and sovereign right to set up this committee” stated the group leader of the PSD MPs, Daniel Suciu.

The minorities’ group announced they will not participate in the voting for setting up the Inquiry Committee on SPP.

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