The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) on Tuesday sustained the objections filed by the opposition, namely the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Save Romania Union (USR) over the establishment of a parliamentary committee to inquire into the activity of the head of the Special Guard and Protection Service (SPP), sources with CCR told AGERPRES on Tuesday.
A CCR plenary session considered the opposition’s constitutionality objections over Parliament’s Decision No.11/2018 regarding the establishment of an inquiry committee of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies to examine the activity of Director of the Special Guard and Protection Service Lucian Silvan Pahontu, who might have got SPP involved in activities that exceeded the legal framework of operation, comprised in a petition drawn up by 56 lawmakers belonging to the parliamentary groups of the National Liberal Party, and another one filed by 22 lawmakers of the Save Romania Union (USR) Romania and two non-affiliated MPs.
The Liberals argue that Parliament’s decision in this case is unconstitutional because it violates the principle of legality by not complying with the Law No. 24/2000 on legislative techniques for drafting legislation, as well as several provisions of the Constitution.
The petition indicates, among other things, that an inquiry committee does not have the constitutional or statutory authority to rule on the guilt or innocence of a person, as it is intended to clarify the circumstances in which events have occurred or actions and happenings have come to pass, and also establish conclusions and measures to be taken. Additionally, the objectives of the inquiry would exceed the parliamentary oversight function and fall within the powers of other constitutional authorities – the Romania’s Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) and the President of Romania.
On February 20, the Senate and Chamber of Deputies voted for a decision to set up the committee.