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Deputy PM Barna on Ombudsman: We are expecting a Constitutional Court ruling today or tomorrow, the vote to be cast accordingly on Wednesday

Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna, co-chair of the Save Romania Union – Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (USR PLUS) ruling alliance, said on Monday that a ruling of the Constitutional Court on the Ombudsman is expected on Monday or Tuesday, and a vote will be cast accordingly on Wednesday in a joint plenary meeting of Parliament.

“Regarding the Ombudsman, we are expecting today or tomorrow a roiling of the Constitutional Court, we have seen that it exists and, in fact, Parliament will respond to a letter from the Venice Commission; we will see what the ruling of the Constitutional Court is and a vote will ensue accordingly on Wednesday, as scheduled, in a plenary sitting,” Barna told a news briefing at the Parliament House, at the end of a convention of the National Bureau of USR PLUS.

Asked if all USR PLUS MPs will vote Fabian Gyula in the Ombudsman Office, Barna admitted that there were diverging points of view in the National Bureau.

“We are waiting to see the decision of the Constitutional Court. If things are logical and as we agreed in the coalition, there should be no problem. (…) There were diverging points of view in the National Bureau as well. We decided to wait for the ruling of the Constitutional Court on the current appeal under review will be answered. The Senate and Chamber of Deputies’ chairs – will also respond to a letter from the Venice Commission that came in the meantime. If things are okay, there should be no problems,” he said, according to Agerpres.

 

 It is natural to wait for Venice Commission’s on SIIJ. It is a decision owned by the coalition

 

Barna also said on Monday at the end of a convention of USR’s National Bureau, that it is natural to wait for the opinion of the Venice Commission on dismantling the Judiciary Crime Investigation Section (SIIJ) and mentioned that the coalition agreed on the matter.

“Yes, indeed, a point of view has been requested of the Venice Commission, which is natural because we have been trying to build Romania’s judiciary in agreement with and as synchronous as possible with what modern European judiciaries mean. It is a decision, by the way, taken by the coalition last week, owned by it, wait for the opinion of the Venice Commission, which will come around July 2-3 and then, in two weeks’ time, an extraordinary meeting will vote on discarding SIIJ,” Barna told a news briefing at the Parliament House.

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