Calin Popescu Tariceanu, chairman of the Senate, has stated on Saturday, at the Palace of the Parliament, where the Liberal Reformist Party (PLR) Congress is taking place, that Romania needs a new political project and a new vision, adding that not only a decade-long cycle must end but a quarter-century cycle must end, believing that his candidacy as party chairman and his candidacy as President of Romania are challenges.
‘In my opinion there are three large pylons on which a country project must be built: the citizens, the state and society. Rights, liberties and the welfare of citizens are the cornerstone of any democracy. (…) Unfortunately, a large part of the political class has forgotten in the past ten years that citizens’ rights cannot be summed up to right to vote’, said Tariceanu.
He criticized, at the same time, the law of political parties, that he labelled as ‘the most complicated and prohibitive law’, as well as ‘the expansion of state institutions upon citizens’.
In what regards the role of the state, Calin Popescu Tariceanu has said that it must protect its citizens, but not ‘feed them’.
‘From this point of view, a moral needs to be drawn regarding state institutions. We must understand that work is what ensures welfare. Not the state, not the Prime Minister, not the President, not the Mayor, only work. We cannot go forward in Romanian politics unless we turn and face, honestly, what work means’, said Tariceanu.
Tariceanu also stated that Romania must become the seventh economic power in Europe and that this will happen when Romanian will be amongst the top seven places in Europe in regards to quality of life.
On the other hand, Tariceanu criticized the government that took power in 2009. ‘Mr. Boc said that the crisis has come. First it was the economic crisis and then that done by the binomial horror, Basescu and PDL. The first crisis, without a doubt, I believe could not be avoided, but the second most certainly could have been avoided’, he said.
PLR Congress passes new party’s statutes
The Congress of the Liberal Reformist Party (PLR) on Friday unanimously passed the statutes of the new party, Agerpres informs.
The permanent logo of the party is a stylised flying bird separated by a horizontal stripe from the text ‘PLR Liberalii,’ Romanian for PLR Liberals.
The colours of the party are blue and white. The PLR statutes also mention that the headquarters of the party is located in Bucharest, Armeneasca Street.
The Liberal Reformist Party is said to be the legitimate continuator of modernising and reformist Liberalism that built modern Romania and the only political force in Romania to unconditionally undertake the universality, sustainability and topicality of Liberal values.
PLR says in its statutes that freedom of speech, freedom of the press, scientific research and education, freedom of association, the ownership rights, the right of people to choose their own trade and freely use the fruit of their labour, the right to fair treatment that will secure decent standards of living, the right to social, ecological and food security, the right to live in a system of free enterprise, as well as the rule of law are all inalienable values of the party.
PLR’s nationwide leading bodies are the Congress (the General Assembly of the party’s delegates), the National Standing Delegation, the National Executive Council, the Central Political Bureau, he Executive Political Bureau and the Chairman.
The Congress is the supreme leading and decision-making body of PLR nationwide, and it is made up of the delegates of the local branches and members of the Standing Delegation.
The Congress convenes in ordinary meetings every four years to adopt or modify the statutes, upon the proposal of the Standing Delegation, elect the party’s national chairman, elect the 44 standing members of the Central Political Bureau, pass a strategy and political programme for the party presented by the chairman-elect.
The Standing Delegation heads the party in the time between two conventions of the Congress. It convenes every three months, and it is made up of members of the Central Political Bureau, local branch leaders, chair of the PLR Senate and MPs. Between the conventions of the Standing Delegation, the Executive National Council is the debate forum. It convenes each month.
The Central Political Bureau is the decision-making body of PLR to be selected by secret ballot by the PLR Congress. Its members include the national chairman, 19 deputy chairs, 27 memes, nine alternating members, the TLR chairman and the OFPLR chairmanship.
Among other things, the Political Bureau provides the operational leadership for the party, either directly, or through its operational body, the Executive Political Bureau. It recommends to the National Executive Council candidates for the general election and European elections based on job qualification, experience and previous electoral scores.
PLR is a political project, the outcome of a partnership between the Initiative Group for the Preservation of the Liberal Identity, initiated by Speaker of the Senate Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, and the National Party of the Environment.
A handful of leaders betrayed PNL for petty interests
Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu on Friday said that ‘a handful of leaders betrayed PNL’ (the National Liberal Party) for petty interests, causing this party to die, and criticised Liberal chairperson Klaus Iohannis for his statement according to which the Liberal Reformist Party (PLR) members would act like brothers to those of the Social Democratic Party (PSD).
‘Unfortunately, the year 2014 is the year of the grand betrayal in PNL, which is made exactly by those who should take the PNL tradition and history further, namely a handful of leaders, who, for petty, personal interests, betrayed PNL. Actually, this year, PNL, as we know it after 1990, which activated until the communism came to Romania and which represents the tradition and history of this country, died. It is regrettable, but this is, unfortunately, the political reality of our days,’ Tariceanu said at the PLR ordinary Congress carried out at the Palace of Parliament.
He underscored that the reason for which this situation occurred is the fact that the leaders who had the power in PNL placed their own interests above those of Romania and Romanians, betrayed the Liberals’ history and traditions and destroyed a political project that was meant to remove the Basescu’s regime, namely the Social Liberal Union (USL), which they ‘sold’ to Traian Basescu.
Moreover, Tariceanu criticized Iohannis saying that his statement that the PLR members are acting like brothers to those of the PSD is completely unbecoming.
‘PNL’s current chairperson, Mr Iohannis, made a completely unbecoming statement. He said that we, the PLR members, are acting like brothers to the PSD members, evidently with a strongly negative note. I want to ask Mr Iohannis rhetorically if he had been today first deputy prime minister in Romania’s Government, what his relation with PSD would have been? How would he have labelled this relation? Those of PNL have been brothers with PSD, if we can say so, the moment USL was created and we all committed around a greater political project, therefore I must tell you that I do not see anything criticisable in this position even if we have our own reference points. Consequently, I must tell everyone, our political partners of Romania and abroad that the traitors aren’t here, the traitors are to be sought somewhere else,’ the Senate President showed.
Tariceanu announced that after the Congress PLR would request Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) membership.
Ponta: I don’t consider Tariceanu a political enemy we should battle until death
Prime Minister and presidential hopeful Victor Ponta declared on Friday at the Congress of the Liberal Reformist Party (PLR) that he doesn’t consider Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, himself a candidate for President, as a ‘political enemy.’
Ponta explained that if Calin Popescu-Tariceanu wins the presidential election, they ‘will work very well together,’ requesting also the PLR members to support him if his presidential bid is successful.
‘I am convinced that we, all those present in this hall, will shoot on December 22 at the Cotroceni Palace a clip fitting under the title ‘Farewell, Traian Basescu’, and will fulfill the Romanians’ wish. We have a hot autumn dedicated to campaigning ahead of us. I don’t consider Calin Popescu-Tariceanu or you as political enemies we should battle until death. This is not the case. If Tariceanu is elected President by the Romanians’ will, we will work very well together. If I am elected President, I want you to be at the side of PSD, PC and UNPR in a joint effort until 2016, for us to implement what the people have voted for in 2012, namely the USL project, a union of political forces (…) that want the best for this country and its change for the better,’ said Ponta.