President Traian Basescu signs law approving MP statutes

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President Traian Basescu on Thursday signed a decree promulgating a law amending and supplementing Law 96/2006 concerning the statutes of the parliamentarians, the Presidential Administration reports.

 On July 1, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate convened in an extraordinary session to approve the reexamination of the MP statutes following a ruling by the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR). The decision passed 391 to 1.

The judiciary committees of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies and the select committee on statutes on Monday decided to repeal from the statutes the provisions ruled unconstitutional by CCR. Thus, they decided to repeal Article 24 (1) and (2) providing for the remand of MPs in case of flagrant offences as well as the procedure when a request for a criminal investigation of an MP that is also a member of Government is involved.

On April 26, the Presidential Administration reported that Traian Basescu submitted to Chairman of the Constitutional Court Augustin Zegrean a constitutionality objection in relation to the law amending the statutes of the MPs.

On June 19, the Constitutional Court of Romania ruled unconstitutional the amendment regarding parliamentary immunity.

The Court said Article I (18) and Article I (19) are unconstitutional because they breach Article 1 (5) in the Constitution that says ‘the respect of the Constitution, its supremacy as well as the respect of laws are mandatory.’

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