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May 13, 2021
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Parliament convenes in the last session of the current legislature

The second ordinary session of the Senate this year and the last of the 2016-2020 legislature has started with the singing of the national anthem.

Of the 136 senators, 70 confirmed their presence.

As usual at the beginning of each regular session, the new composition of the Standing Bureau was elected. The nominal proposals for the positions of deputy chair, secretary and treasurer were announced to the plenary sitting of the Senate by the leaders of the parliamentary groups, with the list of proposed candidates being submitted entirely to the vote of the senators. The new Standing Bureau was  approved with by a majority vote of the attending senators.

The Standing Bureau consists of four deputy chairs, secretaries and treasurers who are elected at the beginning of each session and a chairman of the Senate, who is elected for the entire session.

The leaderships of each parliamentary group is also unveiled to the plenary sitting.

The Senate is still headed by an interim chairman, Robert Cazanciuc (photo). Asked by AGERPRES about the possibility of being elected full-time chairman, Cazanciuc said that if there is a proposal, it will be “eminently political” and come from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) floor group, of which he is a member, and it will be validated by the new Standing Bureau of the Senate.

About the priorities of the ordinary parliamentary session, Cazanciuc said: “Parliament always has important bills to debate. We had to convene an extraordinary session all summer to rectify bills and emergency ordinances coming from the government. Many of them provide for a so-called support for different categories of beneficiaries affected by the pandemic, but in reality they omit many needs from the real economy.”

Cazanciuc mentioned that PSD is concerned about supporting the Romanian industry and the start of the school year under safe circumstances.

Chamber of Deputies: Ordinary session starts

The ordinary session of the Chamber of Deputies, the last of the 2016-2020 legislature, has began on Tuesday.

At the first sitting of the ordinary session, out of a total of 328 deputies, 185 registered their presence, according to the announcement of the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu.

In the first sitting of the session, the new composition of the Standing Bureau is elected.

The physical presence of members is required for the validation of the new Standing Bureau. The parliamentary groups make nominal proposals for the positions of vice-president, secretary and quaestor assigned, and the list of proposed candidates is submitted entirely to the vote of the deputies. The vote is secret, with ballots and will take place on a scheduled basis, on the model of the investiture vote.

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