Chamber of Deputies’ priorities: reviewing its internal regulations and codes of procedure

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The main priorities of the Chamber of Deputies in its new session should be reviewing its internal regulations, speeding up the works of the boards on the Code of Civil Procedure and the Code of Criminal Procedure, the law on fiscal responsibility, the law on a uniform public pension system and the implementation of the referendum on the switchover to a single-chamber parliament, Chamber of Deputies Speaker Roberta Anastase said on Tuesday.

‘It is time for us to start debates in a calm and constructive manner on new internal regulations or the revision of the existing internal regulations. I am convinced that by taking this process in stages and displaying full openness we will very soon get a solid document that will secure the long-term functioning of the Chamber of Deputies,’ said Anastase.

Another legislative priority mentioned by Anastase regards speeding up the works of the Chamber’s boards in charge with drawing up the Code of Civil Procedure and the Code of Criminal Procedure, pointing out that their adoption has been expressly stated in the latest European Commission’s report on Romania’s judiciary. Anastase argued that the law on fiscal responsibility and the law on a uniform state pension system should also be included among the Chamber’s priorities.

The Chamber, she said, should focus attention on implementing the outcome of the November 2009 referendum that decided a switchover to a single-chamber parliament and a cut in MP seats. She added that this is the reason why the Constitution revision board should start works this session. ‘We have to adopt a law that will provide for 300 MP seats at a maximum,’ said Anastase.

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