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Liberals notify CCR over special committee on the security laws

The National Liberal Party (PNL) has filed a constitutional exception to the Constitutional Court of Romania on Tuesday, contesting the establishment of the special parliamentary committee that plans to amend the national security laws.

PNL argued in a press release that the special committee has no clear, precise aim, which “generates unpredictability on the enactment procedure”. They also say in their notification that by setting up this special committee the standing committees in Parliament would have their attributions restricted in debating the security laws. Moreover, Liberals consider that the committee would confine mass media’s access to the sittings and would break the Constitution.

The joint plenary sitting of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies has passed on April 18 the proposal to set up a special committee to amend the national security laws and to also initiate draft bills in the security field. The chairman of the committee is Social Democrat Claudiu Manda.

However, President Iohannis has questioned the committee’s good intentions. Two weeks ago, questioned to comment the ruling power’s intention to set up a special committee in Parliament to amend the national security laws, President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that it’s important that this undertaking should be carried out in partnership with the Presidency, CSAT, the Government, the Army and the intelligence services.

In his view, there are two scenarios in this regard: a “bad” one, when PSD is eager to occupy all state institutions, “to seize and force law amendments in the national security field, in the view of a political control”, and the second scenario, that he is favoring, would be that the PSD-ALDE ruling coalition is cooperating with all institution in this sector.

Two scenarios are possible- one would be that PSD is eager to occupy all state institutions, to seize them and force some changes of the regulatory framework in the national security field, to exert a political control without collaborating with the Presidency, CSAT, the Army, the intelligence services. This is a bad scenario”, he pointed out, adding that the other scenario is the collaboration to provide a modern European legislation and voicing hope the collaboration would eventually happen in this respect.

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