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May 9, 2021

Basescu: No rule of law and corruption – national security risks, see Ukraine

During a debate organized by the People’s Movement Foundation in Alba Iulia on Saturday, President Traian Basescu said that non-compliance with the rule of law and corruption pose national security risks, referring to Ukraine as an example. “No rule of law and corruption are pushing us into other areas that are a threat to national security. (…) Ukraine is a result of the fierce corruption during both Timoshenko and Yanukovici’s rule,” Traian Basescu emphasized, characterizing Ukraine as “so vulnerable that Crimea was taken without so much as a bullet,” adding that “it is now at the Russian Federation’s discretion because of corruption.” “Another weak point which could make us question the rule of law is mass media campaigns.” “For instance, the Intact Group, Ghita’s group, and RTV, which are leading a campaign to divide the nation and break its cohesion.”
Yet, President Basescu said that Romania is far from being the most corrupt country in the European Union. ‘Romania got used to inflicting a bad image upon itself. Romania is far from being the most corrupt country in the European Union and believe me, I know what I’m talking about, (…) but we must all fight to change this perception,’’ Basescu told PMP. The head of state also referred to the corruption of the health care system. “There are two things Romania needs to do urgently in order to enhance its sovereignty, to depoliticize the institutions under the Government’s authority and speed up the European integration process,” the President also said. When asked what should be done in order to depoliticize state institutions, Traian Basescu replied, “I have a very simple solution – vote PMP.”
All guns pointed at PM Ponta, again
In the same debate, President Traian Basescu announced his objective until November is to ensure Prime Minister Victor Ponta “is not elected president of Romania,” even if “this attitude has electoral downsides” for him as well. Basescu denounced “the malicious attacks carried by Ponta and his television stations” against him and his family. The head of state warned about “attempts at damaging national security structures” and stressed he would not be silent “with regard to the Prime Minister’s attempt to dissolve institutions within CSAT.”
Romanian airports and ports in Schengen by June, the President hopes
After the debate in Alba Iulia, the President traveled to Iasi yesterday to attend another PMP debate in which he stated Romania must take the next step in the European accession process, i.e. to become part of the Schengen area and adopt the euro currency. “I hope this year – in June, more precisely – the first stage of accession to Schengen consisting of airport and port access will be carried out, followed by terrestrial border access in 2015,” the head of state pointed out, adding that Romania will meet all five criteria for the Euro Zone next year, although economic competitiveness is also a requirement.

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