Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana will launch a non-partisan political platform dubbed the National Committee for Development, a platform whose purpose will be to centralize the existing strategies on development as well as the specialists’ proposals. The project will be launched today within the Romanian Academy, ‘Adevarul’ daily informs. Sources close to Geoana told the daily that the Committee will be led by a board consisting of one representative from each party: Teodor Melescanu from PNL, Petru Filip from PDL, Ecaterina Andronescu from PSD and Gyorgy Frunda from UDMR. Transport Minister Anca Boagiu and representatives of foreign investors, of the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce and of the Economic and Social Council will also be part of the Committee’s leadership. The platform will also include European personalities: former European Commissioner for Enlargement Gunther Verheugen and former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato. “The creation of this Committee is in fact Geoana’s attempt to change his image from that of a party leader to that of a politician at the centre of a civic platform,” Social Democrat sources claim. UDMR Senator Frunda stated that he already talked with Geoana and that he backs the latter’s idea. Boagiu and Melescanu also confirmed their membership. “We won’t be discussing general strategies because we have plenty of them. Our goal is to identify the programmes that can draw financing too,” Melescanu said. The parties’ representatives were aware of Geoana’s initiative, all except PSD leader Victor Ponta who seemed oblivious. “We haven’t been consulted, we haven’t been notified either. Mr. Geoana hasn’t made a formal announcement, not even within the Permanent Bureau. But we respect the right to initiative,” PSD spokesperson Radu Moldovan stated.