The governing National Liberal Party (PNL) and their opposition allies the Social Democrats (PSD) plan to adopt the disputed set of national security draft laws within a month by passing it through the Senate as fast as possible. They would thus take advantage of the period that elected President Traian Basescu is suspended.
Basescu was a critic of the drafts in their current form, which were pushed through the House of Deputies with a no-vote procedure earlier this year.
Both interim President Nicolae Vacaroiu of the PSD and Liberal Senator Norica Nicolai have said that a debate on the national security laws should take as soon as possible.
The bill was initiated by the PNL and aims to pass the Service of Special Telecommunications (STS) and the Guard and Protection Service (SPP) in the subordination of the Government. It also plans to establish a National Authority for Interception of Communications, in the subordination of the Parliament.
The draft laws were submitted by the PNL in the House in February and was supported by PNL, PSD, Hungarian Democratic and Conservative MPs.
The subordination of the interception authority is especially supported by the PSD, whose president Mircea Geoana has proposed the establishment of such an authority and stated that he wanted a change to the Constitution, to allow the Parliament to be represented in the Supreme Defense Council (CSAT).
The CSAT is the main decision-making body on national security issues and is formed of the President, key members of the government and the heads of the intelligence services.