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Dragnea announces referendum on amending the Constitution

Social Democratic Party (PSD) President Liviu Dragnea has stated that the referendum on amending the Constitution in order to redefine the family could be held on September 30 or on the first Sunday in October.

“I discussed with my colleagues too, and in early September, during the first week, the Senate’s vote on the triggering of the referendum must take place, the vote on triggering the referendum must take place in the first week of September, and the referendum can be held on September 30, or on the first Sunday in October. We must include the referendum in the budget, during the budget adjustment. It’s not mandatory for the referendum to take place on a Sunday and to last only one day,” PSD leader Liviu Dragnea stated on Tuesday at the Palace of Parliament.

He added that he hopes that the debates with the representatives of civil society and with all the parties concerned would end during the same period in order to have a bill that would regulate civil partnership.

“I hope the discussions with those involved in this issue would finalise, so that in early September we would build and clarify many things regarding the civil partnership. I continue to claim that we must have such a law. I never was and I will never be intolerant. We must clarify the notion of family, but also the civil partnership, because any Romanian must have the option to live as they want, without bothering someone else,” the PSD leader added.

Asked whether he supports same-sex couples having the right to adopt, Dragnea said: “Personally I have some reservations here.”

 

SocDem leader on protocol with SRI from when he was minister: I only signed its revision

 

PSD President Liviu Dragnea has stated that the secret protocol concluded between the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and the Development Ministry – dating back to the time he was Development Minister – concerns cybersecurity, such a document being concluded with all ministries.

“First of all, we are talking about a protocol that concerns cybersecurity, namely the protection of data used by the Regional Development Ministry and its subordinate institutions, protecting this data from cyber-attacks. And we are not talking about attacks from potential hackers, but also from foreign entities. It’s a type of protocol that was concluded, from what I know, with all ministries. It was concluded before my stint, I only signed its revision, but that doesn’t mean I disagree with what was done before. It has absolutely no link with all the lies told. One can’t compare it to secret protocols signed by the SRI and judiciary bodies, which are drafted or concluded in an illegal and unconstitutional manner. This type of protocols between the SRI and public institutions is necessary, but going from here to saying I collaborated with the deep state? One can see my collaboration with the deep state. I feel it with each court hearing,” PSD leader Liviu Dragnea stated at the Palace of Parliament.

He pointed out he wanted to talk publicly about this protocol but was advised against doing so because, given that this is confidential information, he could have been “grilled” and accused of high treason.

“It’s classified, it’s confidential information. I wanted to talk about it many months ago, but I was advised I should mention not even the title of this protocol because, being confidential information, someone could have grilled me and I too would have been, once again, accused of high treason,” Dragnea explained.

Asked whether it is the only protocol of its kind that he signed in his capacity as minister, Liviu Dragnea said: “Yes, from what I recall.”

The PSD leader added that it would be proper for the Premier to conduct an analysis regarding all protocols concluded between institutions and the SRI, and that it would be good for the SRI to declassify all protocols on cybersecurity “to put an end to these legends.”

“From what I know, there are a little over 100 protocols that ministries and other institutions have signed with the SRI. I believe the Premier should conduct a serious analysis and see which protocols of this kind are natural and which are not legal. From what I know, all institutions have been asked – and SRI will be asked – to agree with declassification. I believe it would be good for the SRI to declassify the protocols on cybersecurity to put an end to these legends,” Dragnea concluded.

 

 

 

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