Premier Viorica Dancila stated on Monday, following the meeting between the leaders of the PSD-ALDE ruling coalition at the Palace of Parliament, that talks focused on an extraordinary Parliamentary session starting on July 1, needed in order to adopt the bills started this week.
“We have talked about an extraordinary session starting on July 1, so that we would be able to carry through to the end the bills we are starting this week,” PSD acting leader Viorica Dancila stated.
President Klaus Iohannis has asked the Government to draft a bill that would be adopted by the end of this parliamentary session and that would amend the electoral laws. In this sense, the President said that he will summon an extraordinary session of Parliament if needed.
The leaders of the PSD-ALDE ruling coalition met on Monday, a day after Premier Viorica Dancila announced that she will consider nominating a joint PSD-ALDE presidential candidate.
Viorica Dancila announced on Sunday evening that a joint PSD-ALDE presidential candidate will be tested via PSD’s internal opinion polls.
Asked whether ALDE leader Calin Popescu Tariceanu will be included in the opinion polls, Dancila said: “Sure.”
So far, PSD members Eugen Teodorovici, Liviu Plesoianu and Serban Nicolae have announced their intent to be tested. At the same time, Mihai Fifor has hinted he might be interested.
The Social Democrats will hold their party congress on June 29, in order to elect their president, executive president and secretary general.
Senate’s Tariceanu: Extraordinary session of Parliament, 1-5 July
Parliament will be convened in an extraordinary session 1-5 July, announced Senate’s President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu.
“We decided to convene an extraordinary session, next week, 1-5 July, to discuss the appointments to the Fiscal Council and to the National Bank,” Popescu-Tariceanu said on Monday, after the meeting of the Joint Permanent Bureaus.
“Also this week, because it is about institutions subordinated to Parliament, there is the appointment to the vacancy at the National Council for Combating Discrimination and at the Ombudsman, where the deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, 25 June, and the vote in plenary session is to be cast on 26 June,” Tariceanu added.
In the extraordinary session, the Parliament plenary session will debate and vote on the legislative proposal advanced by the special parliamentary commission for regulating the vote in the diaspora and the proposals for amending the Constitution will be analyzed so as to be transposed and included in the Constitution the issues related to the questions of the 26 May referendum.
He explained that there are two very important political issues for the extraordinary session.
“The first is related to our intention to debate and vote on the legislative proposals to amend the Electoral Code legislation to facilitate the vote of Romanians abroad. The Joint Special Committee will work this week and will come up with the proposals for the joint plenary We agreed to discuss the proposals for amending the Constitution so as to include the answers to the referendum’s questions next week – this will be done at the Senate – the Legal Commission and the Constitution Committee – and at the Chamber of Deputies – the Legal Committee. That is why it is necessary to initiate the procedure for amending the Constitution, which can be done in a number of ways. A variant would be for the President to demand, at the Government’s notification, but we will resort to a much more efficient formula, which will be signed by a series of MPs who want to assume this initiative,” added Tariceanu.
The Chairman of the Senate mentioned that this week, the last of the ordinary session, the procedure for vacancy and appointment to the National Energy Regulatory Authority will be initiated.