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June 28, 2022

Basescu accuses USL of ‘blowing rule of law to smithereens’

In his first public appearance after his return to Cotroceni, President Traian Basescu accused
the current parliamentary majority of having ‘blown the rule of law to smithereens’ and suggested that the leaders of that majority would also bear the consequences for their actions. He said ‘rule of law institutions’, more exactly CSM, DNA, Prosecution and intelligence agencies,
had operated correctly, had done their duty and ‘would do it up to the end’.

After a week of silence, yesterday, the president spoke for over an hour to the Romanian ambassadors and diplomats present in Bucharest for two days for the Annual Meeting of Romanian Diplomacy. He did not refrain from making accusations and threats to the current parliamentary majority.
‘Unfortunately, in July, from 3 to 6 July, a parliamentary majority thought it could blow the rule of law to smithereens (…) by revocations and issuance of executive decrees that blocked the operation of institutions’, Basescu said, with reference to the dismissal of the Ombudsman, ‘the only one empowered to challenge executive decrees’, the adoption of the executive decree taking away from the Constitutional Court its prerogative of supervising the constitutionality of parliamentary decisions and the dismissal of the ‘first three officials of the state as importance of position’. He noted there had also been other elements that showed the abuse of power by a majority not resulting from election, such as the ‘occupation of the public radio and television stations’. Basescu further said such abuse of power by ‘a parliamentary majority not resulting from election’ had prompted ‘an extremely strong reaction’ from Romania’s ‘allies’.
Traian Basescu said the situation in Romania had been ‘partially reset’ thanks to the institutions of the rule of law that ‘stood up in front of a fury’, nominating the Superior Council of Magistracy, Anti-Corruption Direc­torate, High Court Prose­cution Office and not least intelligence agencies.

‘This is a message I demand you to support, because we have all the arguments. Although apparently, what happened from 3 to 6 of July, as well as after the vote in the referendum was a big disservice and an extremely negative thing for Romania, at the same time it proved that Romania has consolidated its rule of law institutions to a sufficient level for them to be capable to defend it’, said the president. He said ‘another proof’ of the fact that state institutions had remained upright in front of ‘political fury’ in June was that the Ministry of Administration and Interior ‘had not gone as far as to forge figures on the lists of voters’. ‘The message has to be the following: dear allies, you have supported us, but the message needs to be that the institutions of the rule of law had done their duty and will do it up to the end. Please ass on this message – that the rule of law institutions operated correctly’, Traian Basescu also told ambassadors. He offered the example of the National Regulatory Agency in the Field of Energy (ANRE) as a state institution that should be politically independent but which nonetheless answered to political orders and the National Statistics Institute (INS) that, according to him, refused to act on political order. The president also told Romanian diplomats that ‘Romania would not go back’, at least not while he is the president, noting that ‘sometimes progress comes with a cost of votes’, an effort politicians are supposed to make. ‘We have no other solution and our path is not towards the East, not even culturally. Of course, we have all our friendship for the East, but all our interests are towards the West’, he also said, characterising as ‘uninspired’ statements such as ‘do not interfere with our internal affairs’.
Consensus on Schengen
The only point of consensus between President Basescu and the Ponta Government seems to be the entry to Schengen. ‘Our allies and friends do not have reasons for declining our entry to Schengen. The proof of that is that the rule of law institutions functioned although politicians undertook illegal actions. It is a point of view I am asking all ambassadors to support’, Basescu said yesterday, adding that ‘the mistakes of politicians cannot lead to the cancellation of rights Romanians had.’ Premier Victor Ponta had said the day before that a concrete point of cooperation between the Presidency and the Government could be a common lobby for supporting Romania’s accession to Schengen, in which case Traian Basescu would have to convince Germany that our country has fulfilled all technical criteria.
The head of the Schengen Department in the Ministry of Interior, Marian Tutilescu, yesterday said that, as far as he was concerned, Romania has all the chance of being accepted into the Schengen Area. Tutilescu explained to the press that ten out of 11 main requirements of the European Union had been fulfilled, with the last one being exclusively the competence of the Parliament that, actually, began its autumn session on Monday and which ‘will probably also keep that in mind’. He said that ‘two vulnerabilities’ raised by Germany and the Netherlands are currently taken into account but said he hopes that, by the time the report comes on the table of the European Commission, the two states change their position.
Direct line with embassies?
Traian Basescu yesterday expressed his hope that ‘soon’ he would have at Cotroceni ‘a system of direct communications’ with Romanian embassies to avoid situations as those in the past, when his messages had not been sent through, and said he was confident that something like that was not going to happen during Corlatean’s term. The president expressed hope there would be no more cases of transfer of influence from the party to diplomatic missions and that he would not hear about ambassadors and consuls answering to party orders.
He also said he was perfectly aware there are capitals where EU member sates’ ambassadors meet without inviting the Romanian ambassador, ‘exactly to discuss openly the situation in Romania’.
He also said the political events occurring in the last two months had not changes the strategic objectives in the Romanian foreign policy which remain priorities: pursuit of EU integration and growing this country’s profile in NATO.
‘I asked for the expansion of the period for the absorption of EU funds until 2016’
President Traian Basescu yesterday said he had asked the European Council to expand the period allowed for the absorption of European funds by Romania until 2016 in order to enhance the chance to capitalise on the resources made available by the EU. He asked the ambassadors to EU countries to send the massage that Romania needs support and that his national project is complete absorption. In the context, he criticised the politicians who throw the responsibility for European funds from one to the other.

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