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April 17, 2021

Ponta: Parliament no longer complies with democratic rules

The president of the Social-Democrat Party (PSD), Victor Ponta, told the European socialists, on Wednesday night, in Strasbourg, that he was hoping they would send a “more vocal” signal regarding the poor performance of the Bucharest Government as regards Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area and the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification.

He was invited to give a speech in the assembly of the European Parliament’s Socialist-Democrat group and argued that, unfortunately, “Romania has failed to meet all the necessary conditions to join the Schengen Area or to dispense with the monitoring process within the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification (MCV)”. The PSD leader told the Democrat-Socialist MEPs that he hoped they would make proof of objectivity, as well as send a “more vocal” signal as regards “the Romanian government’s poor performance”, as regards Schengen accession and the MCV matter. Ponta also told left-wing MEPs about the scandal within the Bucharest Interior Ministry and the dismissal of State Secretary Valentin Fatuloiu and Police chief Petre Toba. He argued that the latter had been dismissed “on charges of corruption”. “It is fairly difficult to meet the European standards, when a corrupt government cannot even observe fundamental norms at a domestic level,” the president of PSD added.

The Social-Democrat also referred to the situation in the Romanian Parliament, arguing that the legislative “no longer works according to the European democratic criteria”. “The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, who is a member of the Popular group, as a Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) MP, is currently the subject of a criminal investigation related to her fraud in the voting of an essential law, the pension law,” Ponta stated. (A.C.)

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