Lazaroiu’s comments prompted tough reactions, including explanations by EC’s spokesperson.
The presidential advisor in charge with political analysis, Sebastian Lazaroiu depicted yesterday, in an interview with realitatea.net, an apocalyptic scenario that would hit Romania if President Traian Basescu will once again be suspended. “The day the Parliament suspends the president, the U.S.A will probably have a very firm position regarding the Strategic Partnership and the European Union will most likely suspend our right to vote, which would be a catastrophe; that is practically the moment you are cast outside the EU. In theory you are there, but you do not matter anymore, you lost your right to vote. (…) After that, may God help us, we will be an Asian country, no longer a European one; I cannot even imagine what would be left at stake for the president or other political leaders that remain responsible,” Lazaroiu said, quoted by realitatea.net. However he does not believe that Basescu will once again be suspended. On the other hand, the presidential advisor launched another attack against PM Victor Ponta, whom he blames for having done Romania even worse than former PSD leader Ion Iliescu: “He destroyed Romania’s hard-won credibility, (…) signing emergency ordinances that dealt direct blows to the rule of law. I also reproach him being more interested by politics than governance (…). He continued promising and lying even when he was no longer in opposition; if one can accept saying things while in opposition, when you take the power you cannot make the same promises, lies, as he precisely know what he can and cannot do with the economy.” According to Lazaroiu, these are enough reasons to make him a minor political leader in Romania’s post-1990 history.The political analysis advisor of President Basescu claims that several members of PSD are interested by the chair of premier, after the December elections, including the former Social-Democratic leader Mircea Geoana, secretary general Liviu Dragnea and the former minister of Transport, Miron Mitrea. His first predictions however sparked a wave of political reactions both at home and abroad. The spokesman of the European Commission (EC), Mark Gray said that the rules for suspending a member state’s right to vote in the EU Council are clearly provided by Article 7 of the EU Treaty. He did not want to elaborate on the statements and scenarios made by Romanian politicians during the electoral campaign. “The rules are clearly provided by the article of the Treaty. They are well known and precise, so I will not comment now any scenario of statement made by a Romanian politician,” Gray said, quoted by Mediafax.The article mentioned by Mark Gray provides that “The European Council, acting by unanimity on a proposal by one third of the Member States or by the Commission and after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament, may determine the existence of a serious and persistent breach by a Member State of the values referred to in Article 2 (the Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities), after inviting the Member State in question to submit its observations. Where a determination under paragraph 2 has been made, the Council, acting by a qualified majority, may decide to suspend certain of the rights deriving from the application of the Treaties to the Member State in question, including the voting rights of the representative of the government of that Member State in the Council.”
Basescu will not comment, Hasotti believes that Lazaroiu has “medical problems
”“President Traian Basescu will not publicly comment the analyses made by presidential advisors,” the spokesman of the Presidential Administration, Bogdan Oprea said when asked to express a public position of the president over Lazaroiu’s statements.On the other hand, PNL senator Puiu Hasotti believes that the predictions made by Sebastian Lazaroiu prove that he has “medical problems,” or that “he is left with just few neurons that chaotically move through his skull.” “If Mr. Lazaroiu really believes what he said, this means he has medical, mental problems. If he attempted a diversion, it means he is left with just few neurons that chaotically move through his skull. This is such a cheap diversion that I think he only has few neurons left,” Hasotti said.