The parliamentary session started on Monday, with the adoption of the budget being the top priority topic for PSD-ALDE, while the Opposition has announced that it will challenge the budget at the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) and will table simple motions against several ministers.
Regarding the budget, Liviu Dragnea announced after PSD’s ExCom meeting held on Sunday that he wants an important sum taken from the secret services’ budgets and allocated for healthcare, for programmes for children – such as the allocation of Vitamin D – or for diabetics. The leader of PSD pointed out that the Social Democrats could amend the budget bill in this sense when it enters the Legislative.
Liviu Dragnea also asserted on Sunday evening that investment will be one of the pillars the budget will count on in 2019, that will be assured both at local and at national level.
“I asked the Finance minister to have another simulation on the local budgets so to be certain that no county council will be in the situation to not have at least the money they used to have until now,” Dragnea told a press conference.
In addition, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has announced that she endorses a relocation of budget funds from services to healthcare.
“We have three priority areas in which we want to make important steps: healthcare, education and public investment. Our budget will reflect these priorities and we will try to bring to the three areas as much positive elements as possible,” Dancila stated on Sunday after the meeting of the Social Democratic Party’s (PSD) the National Executive Committee (CExN).
On the other hand, the Opposition is continuing its bid to dismiss the House Speaker. PNL has announced it will table several simple motions against Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici and Defence Minister Gabriel Les. The Opposition is preparing a no-confidence motion during this parliamentary session too, even though the previous two failed.
The 2019 budget has been hotly challenged by the PNL, USR and PMP, which have said they will table amendments and then challenge the bill at the CCR.
Catalin Radulescu to be appointed House Quaestor; Dragos Zisopol to be appointed House Secretary
House lawmaker Dragos Gabriel Zisopol, representative of the ethnic minorities, will be appointed Secretary of the Standing Bureau of the House, following Georgian Pop’s resignation from that office and from the PSD, while House lawmaker Catalin Radulescu (PSD) will be appointed House Quaestor, political sources have told MEDIAFAX.
Georgian Pop’s replacement as Secretary of the Standing Bureau of the House comes after he announced last week his decision to resign from the PSD and join Pro Romania.
The Social Democrats will keep their current House and Senate whips: Daniel Suciu and Serban Nicolae respectively.