Chamber speaker paying official Brussels visit on European Parliament president’s invitation

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Speaker of the Romanian Deputies’ Chamber Valeriu Zgonea is paying an official visit to Brussels from Monday till Wednesday on an invitation from the European Parliament President Martin Schulz, to attend inter-parliamentary debates on The European Parliamentary Week of the European Semester for Economic Policy Coordination.

According to a release sent by the lower chamber on Monday, Zgonea will take part in the talks staged by the European Parliament’s Commission on Economic and Financial Affairs and the Commission on Social Policies and Employment focused on economic recovery and growth as well as on the social impact on the economic programmes for the European Union members facing financial difficulties.

The Romanian speaker is scheduled to have meetings with the leader of the Socialists Group in the European Parliament, Hannes Swoboda, the European Commission Secretary-General Catherine Day and the Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland.

Zgonea will meet Jagland to discuss the issue of the Romanian lawmakers’ ‘extended immunity’, the release said.

The Chamber head said last week that the statements made by Commission officials on the topic of the Romanian senators’ and deputies’ ‘extended immunity’ show there is a misunderstanding of the matter. He added he had asked the Council of Europe Secretary-General to not issue a press release on this topic.

„I have a meeting scheduled next week in Brussels with the Secretary-General. I explained them precisely that in a democratic European state one cannot extend the immunity provided for in the Constitution through an organic law. I said that all that is set forth in the text of the statute of Romanian deputies and Senators is only meant to address some negative recommendations in the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism and keep the recommendations of the Venice Commission,” said Zgonea.

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