The joint plenary sitting of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies was convened for Thursday, 4.00 pm, for the presentation of the censure motion entitled “Dismissal of the Citu Government, the only chance for Romania to live! Florin Citu must leave!”, tabled by the USR-PLUS and AUR- Alliance for the Union of Romanians. The plenary session was convened by the Parliament leaders, Ludovic Orban and Anca Dragu.
Speaker Orban: Parliament Chairs’ constitutional obligation is to summon plenum
The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Ludovic Orban, announced on Wednesday that it is the constitutional obligation of the Chairs of the two Houses to summon the Parliament plenum, mentioning that he will summon the Standing Bureau in order to establish this plenum session’s agenda.
“Today I made the decision to summon the plenum of the joint Houses along with the Senate president. I would like to make a few clarifications, so that I am very well understood: the summon made by the Chairs of the two Houses does not contain the agenda, it is not in accordance with the regulation for Chairs, when they summon the plenum of the reunited Chambers, to establish the agenda. For establishing the day’s business agenda, we will summon the joint Standing Bureau, which, in accordance with provisions of Article 15 from the regulation of joint sessions, they have this attribute of establishing the business agenda. It is a constitutional obligation of the Chairs of the two Chambers to summon the plenum in order to allow for the Constitution to be respected,” Orban said.
He said that constitutional provisions and provisions of the regulation of the two Houses “are very clear” regarding procedures along with submitting the vote of no confidence.
“Once summoned, the session takes place. (…) the plenum is sovereign,” he added, mentioning that the plenum has the capacity of voting the agenda of the day.
PNL’s Orban: I will not vote on a motion of censure against the prime minister and no liberal MP will
Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Ludovic Orban said on Wednesday that he will not vote on a motion of censure against the prime minister and no liberal MP will, emphasising that as national chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) he defends the government.
He said he would propose to the party’s Executive Bureau that PNL MPs be present at the sitting of Parliament where the motion of censure will be debated, but abstain from vote.
Asked to comment on the fact that the PNL lawmakers who participate in the plenary sitting to consider the motion of censure will be expelled, he said: “no one is allowed to threaten the PNL lawmakers.”
Also asked if a PNL MP could be penalised if attending the plenary sitting, he replied: “I have never heard of such a thing, to make a political decision that is contrary to the Constitution, to the Rules of Parliament.”
USR PLUS’s Mosteanu: I urge all responsible politicians to allow censure motion follow its course
USR PLUS (Save Romania Union, Freedom, Unity, Solidarity Party) calls on all MPs to allow the censure motion to follow its course and expects PSD (Social Democratic Party) representatives to attend Thursday’s plenary session, convened to present the motion, Ionut Mosteanu, spokesman for USR PLUS, stated on Wednesday.
“I call on all responsible politicians not to commit such abuses anymore and allow the censure motion follow its course. And what the presidents of the two chambers did was a normal act in a consolidated democracy, they showed that they are statesmen who respect the Constitution, they respect the citizens who put them in those positions and they convened that joint plenary meeting tomorrow. Tomorrow, the USR PLUS MPs will attend the joint plenary sitting, we will read the motion and the motion will follow its course in Parliament, it should have normally happened for a few days now, for almost a week,” said Mosteanu, who is also the leader of the USR PLUS Deputies.
PSD MPs to participate in joint plenary session in which the no-confidence motion will be read
The Social Democratic Party (PSD) parliamentarians will participate on Thursday in the joint plenary session in which the censure motion will be read.
The leader of the PSD senators, Lucian Romascanu, declared on Wednesday for AGERPRES that the social-democratic MPs will participate in the joint plenary session convened for Thursday at 16.00.
If the meeting of the joint Standing Bureaus is convened again in order to establish the agenda of the joint plenary session, the PSD will most likely not participate.
National minority floor group to absent from joint plenary sitting of Parliament
The floor group of national minority MPs will not participate in any of the plenary sittings dealing with the motion of censure, an item that is not on the Romanians’ agenda, the group’s leader, MP Varujan Pambuccian, told AGERPRES.
“We had two group meetings on this topic, one was a week ago, this one was another, and at both group meetings the same thing was decided: it is not our business, we do not participate in anything! (…) No one wants to get involved in this. We want only one thing: for everything to calm down once and for all, and see that we start doing something. There are so many misfortunes happening now, for example the story with energy bills, which is awful. That is what we need to tackle, we need to ‘take the bull by the horns’ and take it very seriously. I think it will be the first time we will be part, perhaps, of a committee of inquiry,” added Pambuccian.
PM Citu notifies CCR of conflict between Parliament, Gov’t on motion of censure
Prime Minister Florin Citu has filed a notification with the Constitutional Court (CCR) claiming the existence of a legal conflict of a constitutional nature between Parliament and the government on a motion of censure tabled by the Save Romania Union – Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (USR PLUS) alliance and the Alliance for the Union of Romanian (AUR) in which behaviour is claimed that would be “unconstitutional, both unfair and abusive to the executive power,” as the motion of censure was initiated, tabled and advertised “in violation of the constitutional provisions of Article 113(2) of the Constitution.
The notification says: “The Romanian Parliament in the person of the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies has violated the constitutional provisions regarding the obligation to inform the government about a motion of censure on the same day as its submission, in this case on September 3, 2021. Also, the Romanian Parliament in the person of the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, in violation of the Constitution and the regulatory provisions, advertised a motion of censure initiated and tabled in violation of the constitutional requirements of the minimum number of valid signatures that reflect the will of one quarter of the total MPs at the time of tabling”.
Compiled from Agerpres