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Standing Bureaux

Each Chamber of Parliament elects a Standing Bureau composed of a chairman, vice-chairmen, secretaries and quaestors. The President of the Chamber of Deputies and the President of the Senate are at the same time chairmen of the two Standing Bureaux.

The other members of the Standing Bureaux are elected in the beginning of each ordinary parliamentary session, at the proposal of the parliamentary groups. The members of the Standing Bureaux may be revoked by a majority vote of the Deputies or of the Senators.

The two Standing Bureaux are formed by political negotiations between the leaders of the parliamentary groups, observing the political configuration of the respective Chamber.

With a view to formulating the proposals for the election of the members of the two Standing Bureaux, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, respectively, establish the number of seats devolving by functions on each parliamentary group, according to the political configuration of the respective Chamber. The list of candidates proposed for the Standing Bureau is submitted to the vote of the respective Chamber and approved by a majority vote of its members.

As regards the Standing Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies, the revoking petition of one of its members must be made by the parliamentary group which has proposed him or her, or by at least one third of the number of Deputies belonging to a minimum of three parliamentary groups. With regard to the members of the Standing Bureau of the Senate, the revoking petition may be promoted by any parliamentary group.

The Standing Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies has the following duties:

  • to propose to the Chamber the opening and closing days of the parliamentary sessions;
  • to solicit from the President of the Chamber the convocation of an extraordinary session;
  • to submit for approval to the Chamber of Deputies its Standing Orders, as well as proposals for their modification;
  • to present for approval to the Chamber of Deputies its draft budget and the closing account of the budgetary year;
  • to prepare and ensure the conduct under good conditions of the Chamber of Deputies' proceedings;
  • to receive and distribute the bills, legislative proposals, and reports of the parliamentary committees, in order of their registration with the Chamber of Deputies, unless the plenum of the Chamber decides otherwise;
  • to draw up the draft agenda for the sittings of the Chamber, and its working programme;
  • to organize the Chamber's relations with the parliaments of other countries and with parliamentary organizations, by consulting, in accordance with the nature of the business in view, the Directing Committee of the Romanian Group of the Interparliamentary Union, the parliamentary groups, the Foreign Policy Committee, and other standing committees, informing the Chamber of Deputies on the settled measures with regard to the nominal composition of the delegations included;
  • to submit for approval to the Chamber of Deputies the composition of the standing deleg ations at the regional or countries, on the basis of the world parliamentary organizations, on the basis of the consultation of parliamentary groups, and the observance of the Chamber's political configuration;
  • to aprove the personal establishment and department regulations of the Chamber of Deputies; to submit for approval to the Chamber the structure of its departments;
  • to conduct and control the departments of the Chamber of Deputies;
  • to approve the regulations with regard to the watch and access of people into the seat of the Chamber of Deputies;
  • to fulfil any other duties provided by the Standing Orders, other statutory dispositions or tasks imposed by the Chamber of Deputies.

The Standing Bureau of the Senate has the following duties:

  • to propose to the Senate the opening and closing days of each session of Senate according to Article 63 under the Constitution;
  • to solicit from the President of the Senate the convocation of extraordinary sessions, in accordance with Article 63, paragraph (2) under the Constitution;
  • to submit for approval the Standing Orders of the Senate, as well as the proposals for their modification;
  • to prepare and ensure the conduct under good conditions of the debates of the Senate;
  • to submit to the Senators' vote, at the proposal of the parliamentary groups, the nominal composition of the standing committees;
  • to receive the bills and legislative proposals, and to inform the standing committees with a view to drawing up the reports and elaborating advisory opinions; to order the distribution of reports;
  • to prepare, in consultation with the chairmen of the parliamentary groups and of the standing committees, the draft agenda of the Senate's sittings, as well as the working programme;
  • to analyze and submit to the Senate's debate the proposals of the Foreign Policy Committee regarding the general orientations of Romania's foreign policy, or the foreign policy programmes;
  • to analyze and settle the issues regarding the dialogue with the parliaments of other countries, on the basis of the proposals of the Foreign Policy Committee, of the parliamentary groups, or of the groups of friendship with other. parliaments, set up on a basis of reciprocity;
  • to submit for approval to the Senate the composition of the standing delegations at regional, European, or world parliamentary organizations, on the basis of consultations with the parliamentary groups;
  • to present to the Senate its draft budget and the closing account of the budgetary year;
  • to exercise the audit, and take the necessary measures imposed in this matter;
  • to approve the organization and operation regulations of the Senate's departments, at the proposal of the Secretary-General
  • to control the departments of the Senate;
  • to propose to the Senate the appointment of the Secretary-General of the machinery;
  • to approve the regulations concerning the watch, access and permanent service into the seat of the Senate. drawn up by quaestors;
  • to fulfil any other duties provided by the law, by the Standing Orders or other tasks imposed by the Senate.

The duties of the secretaries of the Standing Bureau include:

  • drawing up the list of speakers;
  • presenting the proposals, amendments, and any other communications addressed to the assembly;
  • calling over the roll; noting the result of voting; ensuring the drawing up of the shorthand reports;
  • assisting the chairman in achieving the duties incumbent upon him, etc.

The quaestors' duties include:

  • checking the management of the Chamber's patrimony; exercising the audit over the effected expenses;
  • presenting the Chamber's budget and the closing account of the budgetary year; ensuring the maintenance of order in the Chamber's seat, etc.

The two Chambers of Parliament may meet in joint sittings. To this end, the Standing Bureaux of the Chambers of Parliament meet in a joint sitting, at the convocation of their chairmen, in order to:

  • adopt the draft agenda of the joint sittings of the Chambers of Parliament;
  • settle the day and place where the joint sittings are to take place;
  • prepare and ensure the conduct in good conditions of the proceedings of the joint sittings.

The joint sittings of the Standing Bureaux of the two Chambers of Parliament are conducted, by turns, by their chairmen, or, in their absence, by one of the vice-chairmen.

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