As the Government adopted on Friday, August 4, a series of Emergency Ordinances, the ruling coalition (PSD & ALDE) discussed on Monday with Prime Minister Mihai Tudose the details of the upcoming Parliamentary extraordinary session. During the Parliamentary recess, the Government cannot issue Emergency Ordinances, hence the need to have the Parliament in session. On Monday, August 7, Senate Speaker Călin Popescu Tăriceanu (ALDE) announced that the Chamber of Deputies and Senate are to convene in an extraordinary session on Tuesday, August 8.
During the Sitting held on August 4, the Government adopted 12 Emergency Ordinances on matters such as European Funds, capping child rearing allowances, fiscal-budgetary measures on healthcare, pensions and wages. During the same Sitting, the Government also had a first reading of the Public-Private Partnership Draft Law.
Across the aisle, Save Romania Union (USR) is undergoing internal changes, as the party approaches the referendum on their position on same-sex marriages. On social media, different takes on the issue were presented by different factions: USR Popular and USR Liberal. The two factions indicate an ideological split between conservatism and liberalism within USR, which in the end could very well lead to an actual break within the party and future rearrangements in Parliament.
USR’s founder and former president Nicușor Dan is expected to return to USR if the party decides to endorse the constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriages. Dan left the party after an important part of USR rejected the constitutional amendment. According to Dan, what is at stake is USR’s future either as an “umbrella party”, a solution that he prefers, or as an ideologically charged party focusing on minorities’ issues, prospects that Dan has strongly rejected.
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