Senate Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Liviu Dragnea have withdrawn from legislative circuit a bill regulating the legal status of the Royal House of Romania.
“Under Article 97 paragraph (1) of the Senate Regulation, we call for the withdrawal of the legislative proposal to regulate the legal status of the Royal House of Romania as initiators,” reads a memo submitted and analyzed on Monday at a meeting of the Senate’s Standing Bureau.
The legislative initiative regulating the legal status of the Royal House of Romania was submitted to the Senate on 8 November 2017. Subsequently, the chamber in a plenary session approved a request from Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, as initiator, for urgent consideration, debate and adoption of the legislative proposal regulating the legal status of the Royal House of Romania.
The legislative proposal provided for the recognition of the Royal House as a private legal person of a public utility status. In addition, the bill proposed the recognition of the position of chief of the Royal House of Romania as an honorary position similar to that of a former head of state, and included a series of provisions to ensure the optimal performance of its representation activities and functions.
According to the bill, the Royal House was initially going to receive an annual budget approved by the Government, and Elisabeta Palace was going to be available for use for the next 49 years.
The Royal Family will stay for the moment in the Elisabeta Palace, but it will pay a rent for the building. Elisabeta Palace was received by King Mihai as a residence in his quality of a former head of state, and it had to be released within 60 days since the death of the former sovereign. According to TVR, an agreement was made with the RAAPPS representatives, and the Royal Family will pay a rent for the Elisabeta Palace.
Dragnea: The bill regulating the status of the Royal House wasn’t feasible and it had potential risks of unconstitutionality; we drafted a new bill and submitted to the Deputies’ Chamber
PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea stated on Monday that the reason for which he and the Senate’s Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu withdrew the bill on the status of the Royal House was that the bill “wasn’t feasible and had potential risks of unconstitutionality”, announcing that another bill has already been submitted to the Deputies’ Chamber. Dragnea said that he doesn’t want the Royal Family to pay a rent for the Elisabeta Palace.
“There have been often talks in the last weeks with the representatives of the Royal House. Me and Mr. Tariceanu appointed Mr. Gabriel Vasile, the Vice Chairman of the Deputies’ Chamber, to meet the representatives of the Royal House, and we agreed that the bill submitted to the Senate wasn’t feasible and had potential risks of unconstitutionality” Liviu Dragnea stated.
He says that he and the Senate’s Speaker submitted a new bill on the status of the Royal House to the Deputies’ Chamber.
“Together (with the Senate’s Speaker – e.n.), we drafted a new bill, I think it has already been submitted to the Chamber, by which an institution managing the functioning of the Royal House will be established, to avoid any risk of unconstitutionality and to be something that can be implemented. We agreed this with the representatives of the Royal House. There will be very low costs from the state, and I believe this solution will be adopted and will please everybody” Dragnea also explained.
Asked if he thinks that the Royal Family should pay a rent for the Elisabeta Palace, the PSD Chairman answered: “I don’t want them pay. I don’t think they should pay a rent. We’re talking about the availability for use. There are a lot of NGOs which are using premises of the state for free”.
Tariceanu: Yet, the Royal House cannot be an NGO
Senate’s Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Monday that the reason of the withdrawal is related to the definition of its status, since the Royal House cannot be an NGO, but he hopes that the law will be adopted in this parliamentary session. He said that there were consultations with the representatives of the Royal House.
“Yet, the Royal House cannot be an NGO” he stated to the journalists.
“We had consultations, and probably, if needed, these consultations can take place anytime; as for the current use of the Elisabeta Palace, it’s not related to the Parliament” he added.
Tariceanu mentioned that he would wish that the re-drafted bill will be adopted in this session “as a signal and to give a stable and legal form to the functioning of the Royal House”.