UNPR Secretary General Neculai Ontanu stated on Saturday during the party’s Executive Committee meeting that the party has 200,000 members and plans to win 10 per cent of the votes that will be cast in local and Parliamentary elections next year.
In his turn, UNPR President Marian Sarbu stated that one year after its creation the party’s decision to enter the ruling coalition proved to be “wise.” “It’s not very comfortable for us, a centre-left party, to be in a ruling coalition with the most right-wing party in Romania,” Sarbu said. He added that UNPR’s goals are the public sector salaries’ return to the levels they had prior to the 25 per cent cut and hiking the pensions by at least the inflation rate’s level starting in 2012.
UNPR Honorary President Cristian Diaconescu stated that the international financial institutions’ evaluations show that Romania will report economic growth in 2011 and 2012. “Austerity measures do not necessarily lead to lost elections,” he said.
OTV owner Dan Diaconescu was present at UNPR’s Executive Committee meeting. Asked whether his presence there signifies a rapprochement between UNPR and the People’s Party, the party whose founder he is, Diaconescu gave a negative answer, pointing out that the statute does not allow the party to enter alliances.