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On Wednesday (29/06), Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco said that he will decide on the opening of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) of the Ministry of Education (MEC) after hearing the opinion of party leaders. A meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday (05/07).
The Creation of the CPI
On Tuesday (28/06), opposition senators filed the request for the creation of a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) to investigate allegations of corruption and influence peddling at the Ministry of Education (MEC). However, for the commission to start its works, it is necessary that the Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco read the document in plenary but there is no deadline for that to happen. After this step, there are a few others:
- Party leaders nominate committee members;
- The date for the commission’s installation is defined;
- The Committee’s Board is elected: chairman and vice-president;
- The president designates the rapporteur;
- The commission’s work can then begin.
Government’s Strategy to Stop the CPI
According to political commentators, senators aligned with the Government defend that the commission to investigate irregularities in the Education Ministry should only begin after the “emptying” of a list of other requests already presented. These senators sent letters to Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco asking him to follow a chronological order in the creation and installation of CPIs, giving priority to those that are in the most advanced stage of processing. Currently, there four other CPIs chronologically ahead of the MEC CPI. This could render unfeasible the MEC CPI.