PSD-UNPR-PC targets 35 per cent. ‘We have a list of candidates more powerful than ever and any result exceeding this score is welcome,’ the PSD leader said. Liberals launched their candidates in Braila. PDL files list, targets seven-eight places.
The PSD-UNPR-PC (the Social Democratic Party, the National Union for Romania’s Progress and the Conservative Party – all three at rule) on Saturday presented the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) the candidature files for the elections to the European Parliament, scheduled on May 25, this year, Agerpres informs. The candidature files presentation took place in the presence of the three leaders of the alliance – PSD Chairman Victor Ponta, UNPR Chairman Gabriel Oprea and PC Chairman Daniel Constantin.
On the alliance list, validated by PSD’s National Executive Committee in February, the first position is taken by current PSD MEP Corina Cretu, the second place – PSD Senator Ecaterina Andronescu, the third place – Catalin Ivan, MEP and PSD Spokesman. The following positions are occupied by former Communications Minister Dan Nica, UNPR Senator Damian Draghici, former PC Minister for SMEs Maria Grapini, MEPs Daciana Sarbu, Ioan Mircea Pascu, Viorica Dancila, Deputy Head of Cabinet of European Commissioner for Agriculture Sorin Moisa and current MEPs Victor Bostinaru and Claudiu Ciprian Tanasescu. The positions 13 to 17 are taken by candidates on behalf of PC, UNPR, the proposals of PSD Bucharest, TSD (the Social Democratic Youth) and PES activist. The full list includes 42 candidates.
On this occasion, Ponta said that it was very important that starting May 25 Romania’s voice should be represented in the EP much more vigorously than over the past five years. The PSD leader wished success to the party’s candidates to the EP: ‘They will be parliamentarians of Romania in the first place and then Social Democrats, they will serve Romania’s interests and they will do it with great dignity and honour’.
He noted the alliance would run a “positive campaign,” presenting citizens with “its accomplishments and future plans regarding the EP.” Ponta emphasized the gentlemen and ladies who are part of PSD-PC-UNPR will not behave like “a bunch of European fishwives,” as President Traian Basescu’s “creations” – reference to Elena Basescu and Monica Macovei – have. “I think what we are witnessing is shameful, and on behalf of all the ladies and gentlemen on our list, I guarantee you our candidates’ attitude will make Romanians proud they are represented in the EP,” the PSD leader said further.
Launch of PNL candidates for EP elections in Braila, to the tune of Champions League anthem
On the other side of the battle field, at an event dedicated to southern Liberal organizations held in Braila, the Liberals launched their candidates for the EP elections. Inspired by the UEFA Champions League soccer competition, the reunion included a ‘Champion’s League’ section and the singing of the competition’s anthem. The launch took place at Sala Polivalenta in Braila, and was attended by c. 3,000 supporters.
PNL chairman Crin Antonescu closed the event by holding a speech in which he emphasized that “Romania is not the poor child sitting at Europe’s table.” “Romania may look like a child with a modest upbringing who is attending a prestigious school, but in reality, it is a beautiful, intelligent child, who wants to learn and succeed. (…) We want a more economically dynamic and less bureaucratic Europe. (…) We want a Europe that has more coherent foreign policies and is more tolerant of diversity and differences. We want a united Europe, a Europe with coherent actions and policies, but a Europe in which both the individuals’ and nations’ right to be different is upheld,” Antonescu said.
In connection with Mircea Diaconu running as an independent in the EP elections, the PNL leader admitted the former could manage to gather the necessary number of signatures in time, but BEC will take into account the Supreme Court’s decision and the former Liberal will not be successful in his attempt. Antonescu mentioned the party supported Diaconu up until the problem related to the final decision of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) arose.
The PNL chairman categorically rejected the implications resulting from statements made last week by PSD leaders about the possibility of USL reuniting, and emphasized this possibility is out of the question “as long as he is politics,” even if the Liberals are unsuccessful in the EP elections, because Victor Ponta has proven he was unable to appropriately use PNL’s support.
PDL files list, targets seven-eight places
The Liberal Democrat Party on Sunday registered at the BEC the candidacy files for the May 25 elections for the EP. Vasile Blaga voiced his hope that Liberal Democrats win seven or eight places in the EP in these elections. Former Prime Minister Theodor Stolojan, former Minister of Justice Monica Macovei, and incumbent MEPs Traian Ungureanu and Marian Jean Marinescu fill the top positions on PDL’s list of candidates.
According to sources within the PDL, the same list of 42 candidates includes several Liberal Democrat mayors of important cities,namely Gheorghe Falca (Arad), George Scripcaru (Brasov), Dorin Florea (Targu Mures), and Mircea Hava (Alba Iulia).
PDL will launch its candidates in the European Parliament elections at an event scheduled in Bucharest on March 30.
Sebastian Bodu to run for PNTCD in EP elections
MEP and PDL member Sebastian Bodu has returned to PNTCD after 20 years of absence, and has announced he will be running for this party in the May 25 EP elections. Although he has gathered over 100,000 signatures, he claims his political objective is not to serve a term as an independent. “It would be a job I would do honorably, as I have done in the past; I could only represent my voters fairly. That is all. I could do a lot more if backed by a political party. I could become involved in internal politics, take part in drafting legislative acts, and come up with initiatives to bring changes to Romania directly, not only through Brussels,” Bodu pointed out.