He made the remarks after having handed over the Senate’s Standing Bureau the draft Penal Code assumed as a legal initiative of the parliamentarians representing the ruling Social Democrats and Democrat Liberals and the opposition National Liberal Party and Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania, who were part of the specialised sub-commission.
According to Ponta, who is also a Minister for the Relation with the Parliament, the Government will assume responsibility for the two codes only if the two draft acts fail to be adopted by the parliamentary procedure before the European Commission draws up its report.
He explained the Government will assume responsibility for the draft codes currently held by the Senate.
‘The ruling coalition’s decision to assume responsibility is related to the last minute when the adoption of the two codes can still be included by the European Commission experts in the (justice) report due in July. If at a certain moment we see no fast moves were made and that we run the risk to see the European experts’ evaluation closed and that the European Commission’s report might not write that we do have those two codes, then and only for this reason the Government will take a faster route’, Ponta explained.