President Klaus Iohannis told private broadcaster Digi24 on Thursday evening “each with his own style,” in reply to former President Traian Basescu’s remark that he is too soft on the Government.
In response to the moderator’s remark that Basescu claimed Iohannis is too soft on the Government, Iohannis said, “As if his way of doing things had solved the problem.”
“Each with his own style. After a time, some years, comparisons can be made to see which style was more efficient; this is my style, while that was the style of my predecessor. I do not think we ought to make comparisons. We are very different in terms of approach, of temperament. That does not mean one is better than the other,” said Iohannis.
Asked about his working with the Ponta Cabinet, Iohannis said he is working “institutionally correct.” He mentioned to the point the nomination of Eduard Hellvig to head the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI).
“I would have found it wrong making the nomination without first informing the prime minister and national leaders of the political parties,” said Iohannis.
Asked whether he can picture having his own cabinet before the general election of 2016, Iohannis said “there is a reasonable chance.”
“Things are developing in a way that makes changing the cabinet under a motion of censure standing a reasonable chance,” said Iohannis.
Iohanis on possible resignation of PM Ponta: I’d rather not say, investigation regarding brother-in-law in incipient stage
When asked if Victor Ponta can remain Prime Minister in the context of the corruption scandal incriminating his brother-in-law, President Iohannis stated that the investigations are in an incipient stage, but, if this phase continues, this question will keep arising in the public space.
“For the moment we are at the very beginning of these checks and I’d rather not pronounce in this matter, but, if this phase continues, then surely this question will keep arising in the public space. The answer can come only from the one in question. We had a similar situation, I avoided then, even though it was an electoral campaign, to pose in someone who issues advice, I only said that if I were in that situation, I would’ve quit. But I am not”, said Iohannis, at private broadcaster Digi 24.
He emphasized that he would rather not say, because the investigation is at its incipient stage.
President, “slightly irritated” by the Senate’s voteon Vosganian case
President Klaus Iohannis said he was ‘slightly irritated’ by the Senate’s vote on Varujan Vosganian, adding that he did not expect the Senate to vote against the commencement of a criminal investigation of Vosganian. He referred to the rejection by the Senate on February 12 of request from Attorney General Tiberiu Nitu to allow a criminal investigation of Senator Vosganian, a former minister of the economy.
“I did not expect that and that is what I communicate immediately because I had the impression, and I still have it, that people wants openness, transparency. There are many analyses that can be done of why they voted as they did, but certainly (…) this is no way in which we rehabilitate Parliament before voters,” Iohannis told private broadcaster Digi 24.
Asked if he feels that his honeymoon with Parliament is over, Iohannis said he did not take personally the Senate’s decision to reject the request from the attorney general for the investigation of Vosganian.
“I did not take it personally. (…) I think it was about older ties in the Senate, perhaps a somehow very sentimental approach, but I did not see that as, say, a slap in my face from Parliament,’ Iohannis added.
Some are under the impression we should dictate to Moldovans what to do
President Klaus Iohannis has stated that he has a different evaluation than Traian Basescu in what regards the way in which Romania could have acted in relation to the situation in the Republic of Moldova in the context of negotiations for the forming of the Government in Chisinau, showing that Bucharest used the “fair, democratic” instruments to encourage this state.
“I have a different evaluation. We used the fair, democratic, instruments to encourage them. It’s fairly easy. We must be aware that there are two political trends in Romania. Some are under the impression we should go dictate to the Moldovans what to do – I am not among them – and others believe that Moldova is a sovereign state that has parties, institutions and we may express an option, but we cannot go there and dictate what they should do. I wouldn’t agree with this matter [e.n. – dictating], let me be very clear”, said Iohannis, at private broadcaster Digi 24.
The head of state showed that it is good that there is now a Government in Chisinau and pointed out that the “transition period” took too long.
“The option we saw as best would’ve been for the European parties, that held a majority, to form this Government. It did not come to be and this compromise situation was reached [e.n. – The Government of Moldova was voted with the support of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova]. On Tuesday I am conducting a visit to the Republic of Moldova and I will express hope that this young, entrepreneur, Prime Minister will take Moldova further in its Western path”, said the President.
Former President Traian Basescu recently declared that Romania should sit down with the three pro-European parties in Chisinau, rather than think of conducting visits to Kiev
“There is a Prime Minister in Chisinau who comes from the business environment. That means a Republic of Moldova which, from being the award winner of the Eastern Partnership, is starting to show signs of failure because certainly, without the force of a political figure Prime Minister, it will be unable to push with the same speed neither the Association Agreement, nor the Free Trade Agreement. I want to say openly: Romania instead of thinking of visits to Kiev, of how to approach Ukraine, it should rather approach Chisinau. We had keys known by those who need to know, with which we could sit at the table together with the three pro-European parties. They were not used and we ended up here”, said Basescu, at public broadcaster TVR, on February 16.