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Opposition notifies CCR over the money laundering bill: NGOs activity is blocked

The main opposition parties in Parliament, PNL and USR have filed a complaint against the law on preventing and countering the money laundering to the Constitutional Court.

The leader of the Liberal deputies, Raluca Turcan, argued that the bill is banning and blocking the activity of the NGOs.

The Chamber speaker, PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea has taken a European directive and thought of using it in settling accounts with the NGOs, this time. More precisely, a directive that has been published at European level in 2015, that any other governments and parliamentary majorities could have transposed in the national legislation, has been now embraced by the ruling PSD-Dragnea majority in the Chamber of Deputies in order to ban and block the NGOs that carry on activities for public and social interest and in order to discourage socially vulnerable people from resorting to the non-governmental organisations,” Turcan said.

She added that they referred CCR over the bill also for the vitiated voting procedure, besides six articles that are violating the Constitution.

Let’s not forget this law has been voted twice, through the same procedure, with breaking the chamber’s regulation, for you cannot resume a vote on suspicion of vitiated procedure. The bill is serving the interest of Liviu Dragnea in the battle with the NGOs”, Turcan said.

In his turn, USR deputy Stelian Ion, underlined that the bill is a fighting tool against associations and foundations that dare criticise PSD.

It’s a tool of fighting against these associations and foundations. There are many NGOs that dare criticise PSD and the Government’s policy, if you sanction them by some millions of lei, you are obviously blocking their activity”, Stelian Ion argued.

Deputies have adopted the anti-money laundering draft law a week ago after it had been initially rejected. The ruling Social Democrat Party has proposed the vote should be resumed on the ground that some MPs had not managed to vote although they were attending the plenary session. After the votes was resumed, the bill passed by a large majority. After the incident in the plenary sitting, Chamber Speaker Liviu Dragnea has asked for electronic voting system to be checked.

The bill passed by 170 votes to 70 and one abstention.

Initially, the draft has been rejected, needing two more votes to pass. More precisely, it has got 163 votes in favor, 115 against and four abstentions.

While the opposition parties said that PSD-ALDE ruling coalition has got no majority in Parliament to pass their laws, the leader of the Social Democrat deputies, Daniel Suciu argued that the votes of some PSD lawmakers had not been registered although they were in the plenary sitting hall. PNL, USR and PMP accused the ruling coalition of manipulating the vote.

The anti-money laundering law was adopted in the Senate a month ago and, as the Chamber of Deputies is the decision-making chamber in this case, the law will go to the Presidency for promulgation.

The draft contains several controversial provisions criticised by the NGOs. One of them says that NGOs -all, except the organizations of the national minorities – are compelled to declare all final beneficiaries, meaning all people who received financial aid from these organizations.

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