The Government received "a bit strange" lease request from the Royal Family regarding the Elisabeta Palace, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose stated on Wednesday.
When asked at Antena 3 private television station if things developed taking into account that the Royal Family has to leave the Elisabeta Palace in February, the head of the Executive responded: "I have received a rental request (...), a thing a bit strange, that they are willing to pay any rent, but with a grace period of one year (...), meaning one year without paying. If during this time a law is passed which gives them the right to use it for free, obviously the lease contract disappears and they observe the law. If no law passes then they can denounce the contract at any time. Meaning we stay here one more year free of charge and we'll see what will do. It doesn't work."
Furthermore, PM Tudose mentioned that on Wednesday's Government sitting, the legislative initiative on the regulation of the Royal House legal status didn't receive the greenlight.
"Today, at the Government sitting, the draft law didn't receive the greenlight on permanently handing over it [the Elisabeta Palace]. I was very firm in respect to the destination of that palace. (...) The Justice Minister gave a negative point of view on criteria of unconstitutionality," Tudose stated.
Moreover, the Government head mentioned that the Royal Family reclaimed everything on which they had claimed ownership in Romania.
"I understand that they reclaimed everything on which they claimed ownership. (...) They came with the list, it was a negotiation back then (...) and they received them. (...) Have you taken Peles, Savarsin? I don't know them all, with some groves, forests, some domains. Are we still reclaiming? We had an epiphany, we remembered owning a train station? All right, do the papers, we'll see - if you owned it or not?," Tudose also said.