Monday, March 5, 2018

Bill providing legal status for Romanian royal status withdrawn

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A proposed bill that would provide legal status for the Romanian royal house has been withdrawn "from the legislative circuit" by Senate Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Liviu Dragnea.

They rushed to remove the bill from consideration because it would have been voted on in the Romanian Senate on March 13.  The two men realized that it was too late to make changes to the legislation. 

It is understood but not confirmed that new legislation will be proposed with the assistance of Viorica Dăncilă's government.   But there are constitutional issues that affect the recently proposed legislation.

Tariceanu said: ""With the views of the various relevant institutions in the field, we need to reconsider the form of the project. It is necessary to create an institution that can be budgeted and can receive the related funds. This means changing the order of the debate. The Senate will be a decision-making chamber and the draft must be withdrawn and redeployed in a modified form to the Chamber of Deputies. This does not mean abandoning the initiative but changing the procedure so that it complies with the legal provisions in force. Whenever a new institution is needed, the Chamber of Deputies becomes the Senate. As you know, the initiative has been submitted to the Senate, so it has to be withdrawn and redeployed to the Chamber of Deputies. The form has not been finalized."

He was also asked about the concessions for the Elisabetha Palace for 49 years T "No, those are not principles. There are certain provisions that will surely have to take into account the need for the public activities of the Royal House and, of course, we will preserve the same intention, that Elisabetha Palace can be used to carry out these public activities. "

Here is a quote from an English-language source, Romania Insider:

"Tariceanu and Dragnea withdrew their initial draft law, which had been submitted to the Parliament on Friday. The law included some important provisions, such as turning the Royal House into a public utility non-governmental organization (NGO) and granting the head of the Royal House the same privileges as former heads of state. The project aimed to grant the Royal House free use of the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest and a yearly expense budget paid for by the state.

When asked why they withdrew this project, both Dragnea and Tariceanu said they would submit a new project this week. Tariceanu said he talked to Royal House representatives and that the Royal House couldn’t become an NGO."

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