Deputy PM Liviu Dragnea claims that the proposals concerning the police, proposals included in the decentralization draft, do not represent a “casus belli” within USL. On the other hand, Senator Ilie Sarbu tells Liberals: “Either we reach a compromise or we settle this like men.”
Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea stated yesterday that the proposals concerning the public order and the traffic police, proposals included in the decentralization draft, do not represent a “casus belli,” pointing out that he is open to any talks. “The important thing is to do the decentralization – total or partial. It’s important that the public order and the traffic police will be transferred to the city and municipal mayors, exclusively or not, but it’s not a casus belli,” Dragnea said, being quoted by Mediafax. Asked for his comments on the PNL First Vice President Klaus Iohannis’s statement that the regionalization process will not take place this year nor next year, Dragnea pointed out: “I’m not as visionary as Mr. Klaus Johannis. Nor can I be so categorical. Maybe he has better information.” He stated he agrees with the fact that the regionalization process will be implemented in two or three years’ time, but he emphasized that it is important for the process to start. At the same time, the Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that the regionalization issue has been discussed for two years and the project is included in USL’s governing program, adding that he does not know what a short or long time means in Sibiu, people being more “agitated” in the southern regions.
Asked for his comments on the fact that the emergency USL meeting he had asked for no longer took place because of the Liberals’ refusal to attend it, Dragnea said he cannot answer because the question is “brutal.” He expressed his hope that a break-up will not be next for USL, as opined by Ilie Sarbu, the leader of PSD Senators, because compromises can no longer be accepted. He pointed out that he has good relations with PNL President Crin Antonescu and with the Liberals. “We didn’t argue, we didn’t fight, we didn’t swear at each other, I really have a good relation. We don’t have tensions. We didn’t marry in order to get to the stage of divorce now. We are colleagues in a serious, major political project, we continue to function,” Dragnea said.
Ilie Sarbu, the leader of PSD Senators, talked on Tuesday evening during a talk-show about a possible USL “break-up” in the absence of a compromise, pointing out that there are two options: either a compromise is reached and things continue like this, or things are settled in a “manly” manner and “each sees to his own path”.
Government delays the adoption of the new Road Code
Although a final decision was expected, the adoption of the new Road Code was delayed by the government in a cabinet meeting held yesterday, official sources inform. “The moment when the new Road Code will be adopted was postponed by a week, during which it will remain on public debate,” Mediafax quotes government sources as saying.
Minister Radu Stroe announced that the new Road Code provides a maximum fine of RON 16,000 for the road administrators that do not fulfill their attributions, a maximum fine of RON 9,600 for drivers and a maximum interval of two years for the suspension of the driving license. Deputy PM Liviu Dragnea later said that the new Road code should be put on debate in Parliament, given the importance and effects of the changes it will bring, but the adoption via OUG is being prepared as well, and there will be a discussion in the government about the best variant. PDL deputy Elena Udrea considers that USL’s initiative regarding the Road Code is “a supplementary attempt to impoverish the Romanians,” through which “the state once again treats citizens like potential perpetrators of crimes and misdemeanors.”