Parliament on Thursday passed a decision approving the extension of the emergency state for a further 30 days that also includes obligations on the government, with one of them being the gov’t preparing weekly follow-up reports on its measures.
The decree passed in an online vote 404 to 29 and 5 abstentions.
The leader of the National Liberal Party MPs Florin Roman called for the repeal of provisions imposing conditions on the government, the same amendment having been made by the leader of the Save Romania Union (USR) MPs Catalin Drula. However, the proposals were voted down 180 to 254 and 7 abstentions.
ALDE’s Tariceanu: Decree on state of emergency extension doesn’t respond to real expectations, needs of the people
ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats) calls on the Government to withdraw its request to the Council of Europe to activate Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights, announced on Thursday in the joint plenary of Parliament this party’s leader, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu.
Tariceanu argued that the decree extending the state of emergency does not respond to the needs of the people, which is why the vote of ALDE parliamentarians is against it.
“The ALDE MPs will therefore vote against the extension of the state of emergency, because this decree does not respond to the expectations or the real needs of the people, of the economy, whether we are talking about the medical, health care field, or the social or economic one,” Tariceanu asserted.
UDMR’s Kelemen Hunor: There isn’t sufficient trust in this Government
The MPs of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) votes in favor of the decree of the president to extend the state of emergency by 30 days, but believe that the Government must take firm measures in healthcare and economy, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, and have a dialogue with Parliament, stated on Thursday the chairman of the UDMR, Kelemen Hunor, in the joint sitting of the two Parliament chambers.
“Nearly five weeks passed since we voted a minority government, proposed by the National Liberal Party. Then we had a single argument behind that vote, namely that Romania was at the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic. And in these conditions, you received a blank check. The President of Romania decreed immediately the state of emergency, which we again voted. And, through that vote given by Parliament, once more, you received additional powers. You received the responsibility you desired and all the necessary administrative instruments to manage the country, in order to protect the lives of people, in order to make decisions in the post-pandemic perspective, in order to protect, firstly, small and medium-sized enterprises, jobs, without which Romania would risk not only being a poor country on the edge of Europe, but could also become very vulnerable to all the changes that will follow this pandemic,” said the UDMR leader.
He showed that the Government should rather be punished and criticized a series of measures taken by the Government “which were not necessary”.
“I saw many measures that were not necessary. We all saw that no democracy more advanced in the European Union – Germany, France, Italy, Spain – countries that are facing an epidemiological crisis far more grave, did not ask for derogations from the enforcement of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), but the Government led by Mr. Ludovic Orban did. We saw how some head of institutions subordinated to the government were preoccupied with purging and stalking employees, prefects that are still in political war mode and who were far too little concerned by the epidemiological situation. We saw how the government was rushing to renounce minimum decisional transparency, in order to adopt emergency ordinance in the realm of organic laws – thus illegally – and we saw the most sinister decision of the Interior Affairs Minister the moment the President requested the extension of the state of emergency,” said the UDMR leader.
Kelemen Hunor believes that “there is necessity, certainly, for courageous and coherent measures and programmes in order to help the business environment and to protect employees,” and added that “what was totally lacking – and not due to the Parliament – was dialogue between Parliament and Government.”
President Iohannis attacks the Opposition: Parliamentary majority lacking any legitimacy votes populist measures that have no economic support
President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday criticized the fact that the parliamentary majority voted several measures to the decree on extending the state of emergency.
“Change will be however impossible, unfortunately, for those politicians who even in these dramatic days are thinking only about their electoral benefits and, having destroyed in the last years Romania’s budget, are now making proposals that are not only wrong, but simply burden a country that they have left exposed and vulnerable. And we cannot jeopardize Romania’s future because a parliamentary majority lacking any legitimacy is voting today populist measures that have no economic support. It is completely immoral to put on the shoulders of the young generation tomorrow’s bill with aberrant measures promoted by some irresponsible people,” the president said in a statement made at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.