President calls parties to talks, Liberals snub invitation

President Traian Basescu summoned all parliamentary parties to a new round of consultations tomorrow, at 12 p.m., according to a press release sent by the presidential administration.

As detailed in the president’s invitation to all party leaders, talks will focus on the conclusions of the European Council’s autumn meeting, the International Monetary Fund agreement and Romania’s Schengen accession, in correlation with the EU’s cooperation and verification mechanism on justice issues, the release said.

Just like the previous time Basescu called parties for consultations, the opposition National Liberal Party refused the invitation, saying that the president is not a serious dialogue partner. PNL spokesperson Mihai Voicu said on Friday that Basescu’s invitation was just an act “for the sake of image” and underlined that PNL will only go to talk to the president if the talks refer to the creation of a new government. Liberal leader Crin Antonescu also said, quoted by Mediafax, that the topics of discussion are serious, but “the partner is not.” Social Democrats will decide whether to attend the consultations in their National Standing Bureau session today, party spokesperson Radu Moldovan said.

Ruling coalition parties, including the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania, the National Union for Romania Progress and the group of national minorities, have already announced that they would attend the talks.

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