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PSD and PNL to run separately in the European elections

Liberal leadert Crin Antonescu said yesterday, during the TV show ‘Dupa 20 de ani,’ (‘20 years after’) that PSD and PNL will probably run separately in the elections for the European Parliament, but this is no “sign of disunity.”

PNL president Crin Antonescu said yesterday on PRO TV that most likely, the member parties of USL will participate on separate lists in next year’s elections for the European Parliament, but this is “no sign of disunity.”Referring to the acting government, he agreed that “it is still unclear what the intentions of the governance are,” but the government had only few chances to “place its fingerprint” on the state budget, as “there is little room for imagination.”The PNL leader was also asked about his opinion on the recent statement of PNL vice-president Klaus Iohannis, who said that USL will break in 2016.“(Keeping the USL alive) is a commitment until 2016, we do not rule out the possibility of extending it, but there is also a strong possibility that, once our contract with the citizens – above everything – and also between us ends, we go our separate ways, by having that very civilised separation also evoked by Victor Ponta,” Antonescu explained.In a different move, Antonescu added that he pleads for maintaining in the Constitution the maximum number of legislators, which will be “slightly above 300” for the Chamber and Deputies and Senate.

Speaking about the accord with the IMF, the PNL leader said that his party never wanted such an agreement, which is “a very tough treatment,” adding that a discussion might occur with the IMF officials, in order to give more freedom of decision to the government.Referring to the situation at the Ministry of Justice, where a successor is being sought to minister Mona Pivniceru, Antonescu said – answering a question about why neither Norica Nicolai, not Tudor Chiuariu want to take over this ministry – that PNL senator Tudor Chiuariu does not want to become minister of Justice in order to avoid discussions over his dossier, adding that at MJ “politics are being made” for Justice.During the TV show, the PNL leader congratulated Vasile Blaga for the re-election as president of PDL, for winning against Traian Basescu, and also the delegates that “dismissed” the president, adding that “an impassable obstacle” against the dialogue with PNL has been thus removed.Finally, the president of PNL also referred to the co-payment system, saying that, like other measures promoted by minister Eugen Nicolaescu, the discussion remains “open for now” and it is still to be seen if the government will endorse the measures in the medical sector.

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