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National anti-discrimination body on the verge of dissolution

The draft law disbanding the National Council for Combating Discrimination (CNCD), initiated by a former nationalist party MP, Bogdan Diaconu, was tacitly passed by the Chamber of Deputies and will go to the Senate for the final debate, romaniajournal.ro informs. The tacit adoption was due to the fact that the draft law has not debated in due time.

The law has arrived at the Chamber of Deputies in May 2016, but the Legal and Human Rights committees haven’t given their consent on it. Moreover, the Government had also vetoed it.

The bill was tabled in the plenary sitting on November 8, but it has never been voted for the former Parliament ended its mandate and it was passed tacitly on November 25.

Former leader of PRU nationalist party, ex-deputy Bogdan Diaconu filed a draft law requesting for the CNCD’s dissolution on the ground that the institution” has become a tool in the UDMR’s hand”, which endorses territorial autonomy. However, the Council fined Diaconu for homophobe statements.

CNCD an agency of the the Romanian Government, established in 2001 and responsible for applying Romanian and European Union anti-discrimination laws and managing the National Anti-Discrimination Plan. The legal status of the CNCD was established by the anti-discrimination law of 2000 (Law 137/2000) and subsequently amended in 2006. According to the law, the Council reports to the parliament and is politically independent. It has often ruled against government institutions at various levels (particularly local councils).

On May 23, 2007, the National Council for Combating Discrimination (CNCD) decided to sanction ex-President Traian Basescu with a warning, after they ruled in unanimity that the use of the expression “stinky gypsy” by former head of state against journalist Andreea Pan? from Antena 1 was an act of discrimination.