MPs resume work. PM Cioloș meets parties to talk on amending local elections law

Romanian deputies and senators end winter parliamentary recess and return to work on Monday for the first parliamentary session of this year and the next to last one of their mandate. The session will go ahead under the sign of local elections in June, so MPs will have to settle the controversies related to electing the mayors. The Liberals insist on getting back to the two rounds of the ballot, they have even asked PM Dacian Cioloș to amend the law by emergency ordinance. On the other side, the Social Democrats oppose the idea, arguing the mayors should e elected in one round.

PM Cioloș will have a meeting on this topic with the political parties precisely on Monday, February 1.

Former Interior minister Gabriel Oprea’s prosecution request is another hard point on the lawmakers’ agenda. The anti-corruption prosecutors’ request asking for Oprea’s immunity lifting is pending at the Legal Committee.

The dignitaries’ salaries draft, vetoed by the Senate in the last parliamentary session, is also high on the Parliament’s agenda. The Parliament also has to examine the law of giving in payment at President Iohannis’ reexamination request after it has been slammed including by banks.

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