The Chamber of Deputies will work in extraordinary session in the period July 1- 15.
The decision was made on Monday in the Chamber’s Standing Bureau meeting.
According to Radio Romania International, high on the agenda are several draft laws among which that on the organization of local elections as well as on the appointment of members to important public institutions. The Chamber of Deputies will have to give a final vote also on a bill regarding the empowerment of the government to issue decrees during the Parliament’s summer break. The document was rejected by the Senate, the majority Social Democratic Party explaining that the executive cannot be allowed to issue decrees since it took no measures following the sanctioning of certain ministers through simple motions of no confidence. In another development, the opposition Social Democrats are expecting the government to pass a bill regulating the conditions of quarantine, isolation and hospitalization. Other draft laws are related to the childcare leave and allowance and to the modification of the electric energy and natural gas law.
Among the projects on the agenda of the extraordinary session there is the Save Romania Union (USR) initiative “Without criminally convicted in public offices.”
USR : After a year of deadlock, the citizens’ initiative to revise the Constitution called “No convicts in public offices” finally, on the agenda
After a year of deadlock, the citizens’ initiative to revise the Constitution called “No convicts in public offices” will reach the Chamber of Deputies for a debate at an extraordinary session of the first half of July, Save the Romania Union (USR) reported on Monday, asking for the initiative not to be merged with other drafts of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) or the National Liberal Party (PNL).
“USR hopes that the decision to place the citizens’ initiative on the agenda of the special session will not be an exercise for the image of the major parties, as has been the case with USR’s special pension bill. At the same time, we are requesting that the purpose of the citizens’ initiative not be hijacked by merging our initiative with other PSD and PNL drafts or, even worse, by making changes that would make it unconstitutional,” said USR, according to Agerpres.
USR national leader Dan Barna said that every step of this project “took a long time.”
Placing the USR initiative on the agenda of a plenary session has been impermissibly delayed for a long time, said in his turn USR MP Catalin Drula, the USR floor leader in the Chamber of Deputies.
The “No convicts in public offices” initiative proposes that Article 37 of the Constitution, which regulates the right to be elected, be supplemented with a new paragraph reading: “No citizen sentenced for crimes committed with intent under a final and binding sentence shall be elected to local public administration bodies, the Chamber of Deputies, the Senate or President of Romania until the a situation occurs that removes the consequences of the conviction.”
Chamber invites PM next Monday to discuss controversial public health acquisitions
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban is summoned next Monday for a Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQT) at a plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies to discuss controversial public health protection equipment acquisitions from the state-run Unifarm provider of pharmaceutical and parapharmaceutical products.
The Standing Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies decided on Monday to call Ludovic Orban next week for the PMQT, as the legislative chamber gathered in an extraordinary session.
The proposal came from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) floor group, and the topic of the discussions is “Unifarm robbery under the guise of a pandemic! The national Liberal Party (PNL) government changing hospital managers in order to conduct direct procurement of masks from Unifarm at astronomical prices.”