President Traian Basescu discussed with PM Victor Ponta, the minister of Interior and the chiefs of intelligence services, in a working meeting called Thursday at the Cotroceni Palace. Premier Victor Ponta later said on Romania TV that on agenda were “the reactions to extremist attitudes” adding that a decision on this matter will be announced Friday. The premier also mentioned that another element of the agenda was the price of energy, saying that “things were clarified” with this regard.
A regular meeting of the CSAT will be held on March 27, he added.
Wednesday, the prime minister announced that he sent to the Presidency a briefing note written by vice-premier Gabriel Oprea, minister of Interior, about the activities on Romanian territory of the president of the Hungarian party Jobbik, Vona Gabor, “with impact on national security and public order”, asking him to endorse, as president of CSAT, the conclusions and measures proposed in the informative note. Ponta said that the Ministry of Interior can declare the Jobbik leader as ‘persona non grata’ in Romania if President Traian Basescu, as chief of the Supreme Defence Council gives green light to the procedure.
President Traian Basescu on Wednesday’ press conference said the matter concerning the Hungarian extremist party Jobbik will be analysed at an ordinary meeting of Romania’s Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT), adding that he received the Government’s information on the leader of the party, but he did not read it yet. However, Basescu said convening CSAT is no urgent. ‘This is no urgency. There will be an ordinary meeting (…) I understand that everything refers to one person, buy I mean a wider range of extremist activities on Romania’s soil of some parties from abroad, from other countries, be them Jobbik or the Magyar Guard. So, there are enough things on which we should reflect,’ said Basescu.
Yesterday, the person target by the statements of authorities, Vona Gabor reacted in a message posted on his Facebook page by expressing his “amazement” at the intention of Romanina authorities to stop him from entering the country. “There are two possibilities. Either you are misinformed, or you play a lowly anti-Hungarian political game,” Vona Gabor wrote, adding that if they have a problem with his support for autonomy, then they should say it clearly, “instead of dressing their intention in such transparent garment.”
Cluj Jobbik leader, Erdely Bela also retorted that President Basescu and PM Ponta’s attacks are aimed at generating an anti-Magyar attitude, adding Jobbik is not fighting against Romanians, but only wants to solve Transylvanian Magyars’ problems.