The Social Democrats have come to the informal conclusion that the revision of the Constitution will be discussed in Parliament as early as possible in the autumn, with the possibility of leaving the matter to the next legislature in 2020.
"Forget about this. Nothing will happen soon," Social-Democratic sources in Parliament told ŞTIRIPESURSE.RO.
One problem is that the CCR has not yet validated the outcome of the May 26 referendum, which began the discussion on revising the constitution. CCR has question marks and set the next review on June 27.
PSD people say there are two major hurdles that prevent revision:
- Presidential, local and parliamentary elections (2019-2020) will preclude a discussion on the revision of the Constitution because each party will have elections
- There is not a sufficiently strong majority in Parliament for the review
- PSD and ALDE want a broader revision of the Constitution than referendum issues
The Juridical Committee and the Senate Constitution Committee should have discussed this week the way for the revision of the Constitution, but the meeting has not yet been held.
Opposition sources say there are two possible options:
- Establishment of a special joint committee of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate to draft a draft revision of the Constitution, based on the way the USL led by Crin Antonescu. This variant, the sources cited, would come with a PSD-ALDE glove because it would have a majority and could easily lead the project in the direction they want
- Discussing a bill for the revision of the Constitution in the legal commissions of the Senate and House of Representatives, before the vote in the separate plenary of the two chambers, a preferred opposition.
Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă announced after consultations at the Cotroceni Palace that a working group in Parliament was set up to review the constitution for the implementation of the referendum:
- banning amnesty and pardon for corruption crimes
- the prohibition of the adoption by the Government of emergency ordinances in the area of crimes, punishments and judicial organization
- extending the right to attack emergency orders for the Constitutional Court, the only one that can do so at present is the People's Advocate
The working group headed by Marcel Ciolacu, president of the Chamber of Deputies, did not make any decision on the way forward.
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