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August 15, 2022

Liberals challenge with CCR decision to set up SPP investigation committee

National Liberal Party (PNL) has challenged on Thursday, at the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) the Parliament’s Decision on setting up the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on the activity of the SPP head, Lucian Pahontu, claiming that the objectives of the investigation fall within the jurisdiction of CSAT and the Romanian President.

In the complaint submitted to CCR, PNL claimed that “(…) in order to respect the constitutional role of the inquiry committees, as established in the Constitutional Court’s jurisprudence, the decision to set up an inquiry committee should refer to the check of relevant factual situations, issues or social phenomena caused by the activity of one or more institutions, and it definitely shouldn’t refer to a person” reads a press release sent by the National Liberal Party to MEDIAFAX.

According to PNL, 14 parliamentary inquiry committees have been set up since 1990 until today, and none of them had the purpose to check a specific person, but they concerned activities of certain public authorities or institutions, or they aimed to clarify certain facts/circumstances.

“The ambiguity of the phrase ‘the involvement in influencing certain political decisions’, or ‘political involvement’ are extremely vague, likely to affect the activity of the inquiry committee and its members, who will not be able to conduct the control actions based on clear and precise objectives” says PNL, according to the quoted source.

Liberals say that the objectives are exceeding the powers of the parliamentary control, and they fall within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Council for National Defense and of the Romanian President.

“The objectives of the parliamentary inquiry committee set up by the Decision no.11/2018 are rather specific to the exercise of a disciplinary action than to the exercise of a parliamentary control. Thus, according to the art.1 of this decision, the parliamentary inquiry refers to the activity of the SPP Director as a manager, but this activity can be checked only by the authorities who appointed him” the Liberals said.

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