PDL is keen to run separately in the Euro-elections.
The Dem Libs leaders met at the sea side over the weekend, at Eforie Nord where they held the Summer School of the Young PDL members (TSD). The heavy weights of the party chose this platform to announce the strategy for the European ballot, the launch of the Shadow Cabinet, some new legislative projects, and not least to attack the ruling coalition.
First vice-president Catalin Predoiu informed on Saturday that the Shadow Cabinet, which will be made public between September 15 – 20 will be a tool for the opposition used to oversee the activity of the ministers but also will have the quality of a ‘strategy building lab” as well as a political vector.
“We haven’t decided anything yet, nothing is final for now. We will make public the membership of the cabinet somewhere between 15 and 20 September. But once it will be in motion, the Shadow Cabinet will be a continuation of the work we have started inside the party, namely to come up with solutions”, the Dem Lib leader said. According to Predoiu, PDL will have to make a ‘new kind of politics”, a constructive one which offers solutions. “People are fed up with words, nice as they may be. What USL did at the latest elections, to ‘cynically’ lie the entire people, was too much to put up with. The voters don’t want any more lies”, Predoiu said.
In his turn, PDL president Vasile Blaga announced in front of the younger members of the party that the legislative priorities of PDL in the Parliaments’ next session are focused on job creation and education. He reminded that PDL has already initiated two bills in this respect, including one for the creation of the National Authority for the Protection of the Investors.
A day earlier, on Friday, Blaga, stated that his party would run separately in the European elections. “There are various politicians who are claiming that the unification of the right and of the centre-right. They all enjoy PDL’s unconditional support, but there is a time for everything. (…) Too many want our structures, our people and our logo. No. We will run on out own and I have the conviction that that we will proof at the euro elections that we are the most important centre-right party in Romania”, the PSD leader said in the opening of the TDL Summer School. According to his statements, the next president of Romania should come from PDL and be supported by the party.
Blaga spoke also about the party’s structure of the party, saying that the current position of 17-19 percent in the polls is ‘not too much, nor too small, but it is a starting point”. He criticized the fact that in some party branches there are the same old people as 20 years ago. “You know your own organizations, you know that you have in some local branches the same old expired dudes as some 20 years ago. If you don’t step up to the plate we will remain with the same two (local_ councilors… They are happy when they have a bottle at hand (…), the PDL leader said.
Meanwhile, speaking in Bistrita, the PDL vice-president Ioan Oltean announced as well that the European elections will run on its own on the lists, with the old logo and colours. He also said that the party will support for re-election a few of the current MEPs, including Monica Macovei.
Ponta, Antonescu under cross-fire
As for the rest, the TSD Summer School was the launching pad of heavy critics against the USL leaders, Victor Ponta and Crin Antonescu. The first vice-president Catalin Predoiu slammed Premier Victor Ponta for the inauguration of the Iasi-Ungheni pipe line, saying that he ‘inaugurates empty tubes that come from nowhere and lead nowhere and the next day are taken away”. “We haven’t seen such things since Ceausescu, to inaugurate something that doesn’t exist only because the press is coming to see you, only to tele-govern and then go home”, Predoiu commented.
Vicepresident Roberta Anastase said that the PNL leader Crin Antonescu is « a political analphabet » whilst her colleague Andreea Paul forecasted that Ponta would prepare a ’red bath” for Antonescu the same as Sorin Ovidiu Vantu to Mircea Geoana.