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May 22, 2022
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Merkel, Barroso, Martens and Basescu, on speakers’ list at EPP Congress

The German chancellor Angela Merkel, the president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, the current EPP (the European People’s Party) leader Wilfried Martens, but also president Traian Basescu are on the list of speakers for the EPP Congress to be held on Wednesday and Thursday at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest.Merkel’s speech is scheduled for Wednesday the first day of the Congress, according to a press release issued yesterday by EPP. Also, on the same day there are scheduled speeches of the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, the current leader of EPP, Wilfried Martens, the EPP leader in the European Parliament Joseph Daul, and also of the president Traian Basescu and PDL’s president Vasile Blaga. Previously, president Basescu denied the information that he will be part of EPP leadership motivating that he cannot do such thing as he is not leader of any political party. Media criticized the presence of president Basescu at the EPP congress as under the Constitution the head of state is banned from getting involved in the activities of the  political parties.  On Wednesday will also take the floor PACE (Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly) president Jean-Claude Mignon, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy, Polish PM Donald Tusk and Moldova PM Vlad Filat.The speakers on Thursdaywill include Portuguese PM Pedro Coelho, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, Finish PM Jyrki Katainen, the Prime Minister of Slovenia Janez Jansa, the European Commissioner for Education Jan Figel, but also PN?CD leader Aurel Pavelescu.According to the program of the Congress, the meetings and the sessions of this reunion will start on Tuesday afternoon when the Political Reunion of EPP will take place.On Wednesday morning it’s scheduled a joint meeting of EPP together with the parliamentarian group in the European Parliament, where Martens and Daul will take the floor, but also Vasile Blaga, UDMR’s leader, Hunor Kelemen and the head of the PDL MEPs delegation Theodor Stolojan will hold speeches. After that it will take place a meeting of the EPP presidency, the election of the new president and also the plenary session. On Thursday morning the general secretary of EPP will be elected, as well as the 10 vice-presidents and the treasurer of the party. For the position of vice-president of EPP is running also the Romanian politician and PDL vice-president Anca Boagiu. Yesterday, the first vice-president of PDL Cezar Preda stated that the party will support Anca Boagiu for the position she is running within EPP and also said the organization of the EPP Congress in Bucharest represents a “tremendously positive” signal for Romania and that, on this occasion, the European leaders will confirm PDL’s politics. Preda added that the main European leaders will “surely have meetings with PDL and UDMR leadership”, but he mentioned he doesn’t believe they will meet the Government’s representatives. Also on Thursday the resolution of the Congress will be voted and beside that, there will be more speeches and a press conference.

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