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Lower Chamber’s extraordinary session until January 31

The Chamber of Deputies has been convoked in extraordinary session on Monday for the entire period of the parliamentary recess, meaning by the end of January. The chamber secretary Ioana Bran said the extraordinary session is dedicated to the adoption of several emergency ordinances and to vetoing other three draft laws. There will be two emergency ordinances related to the purchase of Brancusi’s sculpture “Wisdom of the Earth” and also some bills and emergency ordinance on public staff payment and the dignitaries’ salaries.

The interim chairwoman of the National Liberal Party, Raluca Turcan, said that the Liberal deputies would attend the extraordinary session convoked in the lower chamber this month, but slammed the decision had been taken at such a short notice.

I told the Chamber Speaker Liviu Dragnea that the Parliament couldn’t be convoked at short notice. It’s hilarious to expect MPs attend the session when they get the note an hour earlier. Practically, he mentioned that only the agenda for the parliamentary session would be presented in the plenary session today. Let’s hope there will be no unpleasant surprises and that Parliament would start working predictably. I hope the Parliament will benefit of a predictability regime, the same as PNL is asking for the business environment, which we see today is disturbed at short notice by news predicting the rise of taxation and of the burden for those who are producing in Romania,” Turcan stated.

In his turn, the Save Romania Union (USR) leader, Nicusor Dan said the Chamber’s extraordinary session is just a pretext for the Gov’t to be empowered to issue emergency ordinances so that it could “skip” the law enabling ordinance realease, which is currently challenged by the Opposition to the Constitutional Court.

We are not afraid of the extraordinary session, but the fact you are convoking a Chamber of the Parliament because you were not able to draft a good law to enable the Gov’t to issue ordinance during the parliamentary recess is abusive and shameful. This extraordinary session is just a pretext for the Gov’t to issue emergency ordinances and therefore to skip the draft law that we challenged to the CCR,” Nicusor Dan commented.

Three days ago, PNL, USR and PMP challenged to the Constitutional Court (CCR) the law enabling the government to issue ordinances during parliamentary recess, claiming it does not meet the constitutional provisions. Their appeal is on the Constitutional Court’s agenda on Thursday.

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