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January 23, 2022

UDMR disagrees with gov’t asking a vote of confidence for regionalization

The Democratic Union of Magyars in Romania (UDMR) disagrees with the government possibly asking for a vote of confidence on the regionalization project, UDMR Vice President Laszlo Borbely stated yesterday. “Of course not. In fact we, when the Constitution is amended, we will propose that this possibility to be eliminated, being a measure that basically avoid Parliament. We don’t need such a possibility, even though this provision was used throughout time. It’s not good because in fact Parliament is the one that should decide and, if needed, the people should decide through a referendum,” Borbely stated on RFI. The UDMR Vice President added that the Ponta Government should hold talks on this issue because it is a very important law. He also stated that a very clear point of view has not been formulated within the ruling coalition on the issue of regionalization, specifically on the regions’ administrative prerogatives, and the Health Minister stated several times that he wants to set up regional health houses and close down the county ones or give the latter only symbolic prerogatives, which basically means there will be “a centralization, not a decentralization,” something UDMR disagrees with.

PDL President Vasile Blaga stated in his turn that PDL categorically opposes the government assuming responsibility on the regionalization law, pointing out that USL’s true intention is “to make the regions the vassals of local USL barons.” “It’s revolting that a coalition that has 70 per cent in Parliament establishes the technical procedure for such an important law before telling Romanians how it sees this administrative-territorial reorganization,” Blaga pointed out in a press conference. He underlined that no criteria that Ponta has in mind when talking about regionalization has been established.   Also yesterday, Premier Victor Ponta stated that the only case in which responsibility will be assumed on the regionalization law would be the case in which, after the Constitution is amended, there will be a consensus among all political forces except PDL, labeling the latter as an unserious party. “When I’m talking about political forces in Parliament I’m not talking about PDL, because it no longer exists, they are naysayers or they are engaged in a kind of opposition ballet when in fact they argue among themselves,” Ponta stated, being quoted by Mediafax. Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea stated at the end of last week that the law on setting up the future regions could be adopted by the government by assuming responsibility on it in November, after the Constitution is amended.

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