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Constitutional Court overrules Senate, Chamber chairs complaint of judicial conflict between Gov’t, Parliament

The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) on Wednesday overruled a complaint filed by the chairs of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies over a legal conflict between the government and Parliament on the passage of the national budgets, according to officials with CCR.

CCR discussed on Wednesday the complaints regarding a legal conflict between the Government and Parliament on the Law on the national budget for 2020 and the Law on the state social security budget for 2020, both of which passed by the Government assuming responsibility before Parliament.

The Constitutional Court announced on December 23, 2019 that it had been notified with the requests for the resolution of a legal conflict of constitutional nature between the government and Parliament regarding the laws of the national budget and the state social security budget for 2020 filed by the Senate chair and the Chamber of Deputies’ speaker.

“The procedure of the government’s assuming responsibility for the budget laws did not generate a legal conflict”, argued the Justice Ministry’s Secretary of State Olivia Diana Morar on Wednesday, as she presented before the Constitutional Court the government’s stance on the challenges moved by the heads of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.

“From the jurisprudence and the very definition of the constitutional legal conflict we can easily see that the existence or non-existence of the constitutional legal conflict is not conditional on the nature of the act or action exercised by any of the authorities allegedly in conflict, and Article 114 of the Constitution clearly stipulates that the government can assume responsibility for a draft act, regardless of the said document’s regulatory scope, or of the legal nature of the draft act – be it law or emergency ordinance. We therefore consider that the provisions of the Constitution’s Article 146 (a) are not applicable in this case, which is why we deem that no constitutional legal conflict has arisen from the government’s assuming responsibility for the budget laws,” said Olivia Diana Morar, according to Agerpres.

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