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Our obligation is to have a post-election vision for Romania, PM says

Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Tuesday said that Romania had the potential to influence the decision-making process on a European level so that Europe ‘could truly be more united.’‘(…) Romania has a potential it has not used so far, to participate in the decision-making process, to influence the decisions on a European level in order to make a truly more united Europe, in the sense of the living standard, the economic rules, the observance of the law being identical in all European states,’ Ponta pointed out in Parliament, in the context of the debate titled ‘Progressive Agenda for the Future,’ organised by the Social-Democratic Progressive Forum, having as guest Lord Peter Mandelson, British New Labour political movement initiator.
Ponta added that, as Prime Minister, and that of the Government he headed was to provide an even clearer vision for Romania after May 25 that transcend political fighting.
‘The biggest risk is for me and you is to become prisoners of everyday political fighting, of attacks and counterattacks, of things that can crowd our daily agenda without anything important to the public being left behind and to our duty as politicians,’ said Ponta.
The Romanian prime-minister said that he was asked in 2011 in London by Peter Mandelson to say what his vision for Romania was. “I admit I was not capable to give a clear, satisfying answer at such a simple question,” Ponta asserted.
In his turn, Lord Peter Mandelson, the artisan of the New Labour political movement of Great Britain,said he wishes that PM Ponta represent that voice that pushes for unity and a better Europe, as he emphasized that 2014 will be a year of ‘great changes in Europe’.

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