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President Iohannis: Setting up parliamentary inquiry committee on SPP activity - petty politics potter-around

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Iohannis decorare Invictus Palatul Cotroceni

Setting up a parliamentary inquiry committee regarding the activity of the Protection and Guard Service (SPP) is a petty politics demarche, as the activity of this institution could be analysed just fine by the Defence Committees, President Klaus Iohannis stated on Thursday at Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

Asked how he comments upon the establishment of an inquiry committee in Parliament concerning the Protection and Guard Service and the fact that the head of the service, Lucian Pahontu, is accused by Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Liviu Dragnea for allegedly using this institution for illegally obtaining information about dignitaries, the President said: "Yes, I have heard such matters being spread in the public sphere. He did not report that to me."

The head of state reaffirmed that SPP is a body of professionals who do a great job. "I have a very clear opinion both about SPP and SPP"s activity, starting from the director to the last employee. The SPP is a body of professionals who do a great job, very tough, I appreciate them for their work and not only I, many others appreciate them. For example, the United Nations Organisation frequently resort to SPP for the protection of certain dignitaries who are sent to complicated areas. I thought in Parliament there is something like an intent to set up something, some sort of committee in order to verify this activity. The activity carried out by SPP and SPP's leadership is analysed by CSAT [Romania's Supreme Council for National Defence, ed.n.] and this demarche in Parliament seems to me, if you allow me to put it a little more informally, a petty politics potter-around, because if there had been the desire to analyse the SPP's activity, this could have been carried out just fine in the Defence Committees, according to the law," Klaus Iohannis underscored.

Asked whether he received any information exceeding th legal framework from Lucian Pahontu, the President denied: "No, I haven't. I haven't even requested such information or briefing. I have a good, fair institutional relation with everyone in my subordination and I would not expose them to something like this."

The plenary sitting of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate will reunite on Tuesday, at 14:00 hrs, for a vote on the decision to set up a parliamentary inquiry committee for verifying the activities of the SPP's head, Lucian Pahontu and the ways in which the latter has involved the institution in endeavors that exceed the legal framework of activity.

Parliament's joint plenary have decided on Thursday to convene on Tuesday, 14:00 hrs, the joint plenary sitting, the setting up of a parliamentary inquiry committee for verifying the activities of the SPP's head being on the agenda.



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