The joint Standing Bureaus approved on Thursday the agenda of the plenary sitting of the Parliament, which includes the reading of the no-confidence motion filed by the Save Romania Union – Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (USR PLUS) alliance and the Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR), and the vote on the creation of a Committee of Inquiry into the rising energy prices.
Also, at the proposal of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR)’s Senate floor leader Lorand Turos, the Bureaus decided to postpone the setting of the calendar of debate and vote on the no-confidence motion until the Constitutional Court issues a ruling on the Prime Minister notification about a conflict between Parliament and the Government.
On Wednesday, the heads of the two Chambers of Parliament, Anca Dragu and Ludovic Orban, called the joint plenum of Parliament for Thursday as of 16:00.
According to Parliament’s Rules of Procedure for the joint activities of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, the no-confidence motion – which may be initiated by at least a quarter of the total number of lawmakers – is presented to the Standing Bureaus and referred to the Government by the Lower House Speaker the day the motion was filed. The no-confidence motion is presented in the joint meeting of the two Chambers within a maximum of 5 days from the date of submission. The debate on the motion takes place 3 days after the day of its presentation in the joint sitting of the two Chambers.
Senate President Dragu: Postponement of debate and vote on censure motion not constitutional
The President of the Senate, Anca Dragu (Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity; USR PLUS), believes the decision of the Joint Standing Bureaus to postpone the debate and vote on the censure motion until after the decision of the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) is not founded on any article of the Constitution.
“We had quorum because the PNL [National Liberal Party] and PSD [Social Democratic Party] mobilized. They came to the meeting. Most participated in person, some were online. We have today the joint plenum, in which we will read the censure motion and I believe this is the news of the moment, that the censure motion entered this path. Tricks will continue and have continued today, in the second part of the meeting, so that at the proposal of the UDMR [Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania], the debate and vote on the censure motion was postponed until after the CCR decision. This wait for the CCR decision has no purpose and is not founded on any article of the Constitution,” said Dragu on Thursday, after the meeting of the Standing Bureaus.
Asked if the joint plenum can decide on another calendar for the debate and vote on the censure motion than that established by the leaderships of the Chambers, Dragu said: “The plenum is sovereign, but we must have majority for such a vote. Thus, we must see the evolution during the plenum. We will analyse together with colleagues and we will make all demarches to respect the Constitution, to move forth with the censure motion, for it to be a legal instrument with sense.”
“I saw that PNL and PSD are using all the tricks to prevent this no-confidence motion”, Dragu added, according to Agerpres.
Parliament votes down proposal to set schedule for motion of censure
On Thursday, a plenary sitting of Parliament voted down a proposal of the Save Romania Union (USR) Chamber of Deputies floor leader Ionut Mosteanu to put on the agenda setting a schedule for a debate on the motion of censure against Prime Minister Florin Citu.
The vote was 117 ayes to 216 noes, after Senate Chair Anca Dragu took over the chairmanship of the sitting from Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Florin Roman.
At the beginning of the sitting, Roman specified that joint plenary sittings are alternately chaired by the chairs of the two chambers.
Mosteanu asked Roman to allow Dragu to preside over the sitting. Roman closed the sitting and left the rostrum of Parliament under pressure from MPs of the Save Romania Union – Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (USR PLUS) alliance and the Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR).
After Roman announced closing the sitting, the chairmanship was taken over by Dragu.