Tariceanu: Romania has no national project, it goes with the wind

According to him, a country project aims to propel Romania as the seventh economic power in Europe.

Romania has no kind of national project and it ‘goes with the wind,’ Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu told yesterday, at ‘Romania 2014-2020. Development Strategies’ conference. ‘Romania’s economic recovery after the crisis must be done within a national project. Until present, Romania had two wide national projects, namely the accession to NATO and that to the EU. (…) The IMF comes, says something, we do what the IMF says, the IMF goes, we do something else,’ Tariceanu said, quoted by Agerpres. According to him, the first step in formulating a national project requires our understanding the direction the European Union is going to. ‘The new EU policies differ from the old ones through the increased presence of the components related with competitiveness, innovation, resource supply, subsidies, state aid, included, labour productivity, but also the institutional quality of the administration,’ the Senate President pointed out. Tariceanu says that productivity in the processing industry, innovation and energy efficiency register the weakest values in Romania.
On the other hand, the former PM said that eight counties in Romania have each a higher GDP than the Republic of Moldova, adding that for those who say union would be a great blow, they should take into account the practical side, namely whether the economic effort can be withstood: “As regards regional competitiveness, Romania is roughly at a third of the European average and 29 counties do not export even 1 per cent of the total export, whereas seven counties do not have exports of products with high VAT.” He said that he was in the Republic of Moldova last week where he read some figures and, following the comparison, he can say “it can be much worse.”
Adopting Euro currency, “too small” a project
Senate President claims that adopting the Euro currency does not represent a country project, being “too small” a project. “Romania has reached the nominal convergence criteria, they could do it. There are no obstacles, most likely, but we have to see the EU attitude, that of the European Commission to be precise. But this is a project which, forgive me, you can believe what you want, it is not a country project,” said Tariceanu. He added that, on the other hand, joining is not imminent and Romania should continue to make an effort to reach the real convergence criteria, a thing that is still to be done. Inquired what effects would the Romanians feel after joining the Euro Zone and if the prices would go up, the former prime minister said: “Allow me to answer with a question: is Romania’s joining the Euro Zone imminent? No, it is not… I believe Romania should keep making efforts to reach the real convergence criteria and this takes time. My opinion is that the targets initially set for joining the Euro Zone were not realistic, but we are not the only state that reconsidered their position and I believe BNR position is fair and of course it remains to be seen how the Romanian economy will perform in the future.” He said that, in his opinion, a country project aims that Romania should reach the seventh country in Europe as economy. “Such project must be planned on at least ten years in which, after my forecast, Romania should perform at GDP increase level by at least 2-2.5 per cent over the average of the European states. This means Romania should have an annual growth rate between 4 and 4.5 per cent and then we can get close to the European standards,” added Tariceanu.
Inquired whether the vote of no-confidence submitted by PNL will be read and debated by the Parliament prior to the MEP elections on May 25, Tariceanu said: “I cannot tell you this. The session of the united Standing Bureaus will take place on Monday, which will set the agenda of this vote of no-confidence.”
Yesterday, deputy Elena Udrea said that the PMP lawmakers signed the no-confidence motion of the liberals as a “signal” that they stand alongside the other opposition parties and they are more interested by acting against the government than “by eventual self-pride.”

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