Co-chairs of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Alina Gorghiu and Vasile Blaga on Saturday have launched the Liberal governance program and announced the start of negotiations with all political parties, except with the Social Democratic Party (PSD) to change the current government. Before giving the assault to PSD, Gorghiu and Blaga go to seek European support from the European People’s Party (EPP) political family. “PNL co-chairs Alina Gorghiu and Vasile Blaga will attend the meeting of the European People’s Party Political Assembly, to be held in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday. The two PNL co-chairs will have a meeting with the EPP President, Joseph Daul on Monday evening, ” PNL announces in a release on Sunday.
Liberals place the draft of the governance program under public and internal debate
Liberals have kept their promises and drew up their governance program in the established term limit. The National Liberal Party (PNL) on Saturday presented its draft governance program and placed it under public and internal debate, after the unification committee of the party approved the document.
“The program will set the grounds of the partnership with Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis, for the achievement of the project “Romania of things well-done,” PNL co-chairman Vasile Blaga told a press conference on Saturday aimed to presenting the principles of this program for Romania.
“As we promised on January 5, today, on February 28, the PNL unification committee approved the draft of the PNL governance program,” Blaga announced, quoted by Agerpres.
The program, directed towards the development of the middle class and of the domestic capital, also places emphasis on education and health, assumes all commitments deriving from Romania’s quality of EU and NATO member, but also takes into account the national particularities, and will be launched to public and internal debate, going to be approved in the party’s leadership forums in early April, according to Blaga.
The governance program proposed by the Liberals observes the Centre-Right doctrine of the PNL and the European People’s Party (EPP), the PNL co-chairman added.
“The document is in accordance with the political program in ten points launched by Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis, during the presidential campaign. It will set the grounds of our partnership with the President for the achievement of the country project “Romania of things well-done,” Blaga underscored.
Alina Gorghiu: The program plans to maintain the economic macrostability, as well as a solid public system
PNL co-chair Alina Gorghiu told the same press conference that the PNL governance program plans to maintain the economic macrostability, as well as some solid public systems.
Gorghiu added that among the Liberals’ governance objectives there is the creation of the conditions for the development of the middle class in Romania, so this segment can represent over 50 per cent of the Romanian society.
The program does not include : improvisations, image tricks and populism
Previously, Gorghiu mentioned in a post on Facebook what the program does not include. improvisations, image tricks and populism.
“Today, I can only tell you what our governance program doesn’t include: improvisations, image tricks and populism. The Right Wing populism is as dangerous and the Left Wing populism,” Liberal Co-Chairperson Alina Gorghiu pointed out in a post on Facebook on Friday.
Gorghiu also used the opportunity provided by the press conference held on Saturday to announce that PNL invites all those who want to support the Liberals’ governance program to join this project for generating a parliamentary majority to change the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Government.
“The modernisation in all key areas is the objective that the PNL aimed at through this project of the governance program. (…) The most important thing we are doing today, besides the presentation of the priority axes of the draft which Catalin Predoiu will make, is that based on this program we are obviously launching the invitation to everyone, to all those who want to support a Liberal project, so that we generate a parliamentary majority to change the PSD Government. Certainly, this governance program is the most solid argument which the PNL comes with and offers to those interested to support a program and a responsible and performing government to implement that governance program,” the PNL co-chair told a press conference on the occasion of the presentation of the Liberal governance program for public and internal debate.
During the conference, the same message was also supported by the other PNL co-chairman Vasile Blaga.
“Based on this governance program we publicly launch the invitation to all possible political partners to debate on it together, in order to create a new majority and to make up a new government,” Blaga said.
PNL’s Prime Minister-designate Predoiu: Romania can be changed through a partnership between the Gov’t and the society
PNL first deputy chairman Catalin Predoiu proposed by the Liberals for the PM office, said that the Liberals plan through their governance program “a vision for Romania’s restructuring on medium-term starting from the winning presidential platform in the presidential elections “Romania of things well-done.”
“It is a vision for Romania’s restructuring from a governmental stand. We are not tributary to the idea that the state or the Government solve all problems. Romania, the country, can be changed through a partnership between the Government and the society, through a partnership between the Government and the business environment, through a partnership with the academic and cultural environment, through a partnership between the Government and the Romanians abroad, together with our strategic partners,” Catalin Predoiu also said.
On Thursday, PNL First Deputy Chairman has announced that an important conclusion of the document was that “the good governance remains the best economic growth strategy.”
“Without a good governance, we cannot move things and we cannot create those interactions between the public environment and the private environment meant to create investments, jobs, confidence in our own economy, confidence in our own country project. (…) Good governance cannot succeed without a reform of the political, without a reform of the political parties,” Predoiu said.
The PNL First Deputy Chairman added, in context, that “it remains to be seen who will solve this challenge, to simultaneously give Romania both a reform of the political parties and a good governance.” “I dare say that, at least we, the colleagues of the PNL, are ready to assume such a challenge,” Predoiu also said.
Predoiu: VAT of 16 pc in 2016 and elimination of pole tax in 2017
A series of fiscal relaxation measures can be adopted during first stage of a future National Liberal Party (PNL) Government, including the lowering of VAT to 19 per cent on 1 January 2016, PNL’s First Vice President Catalin Predoiu stated, being quoted by Agerpres. Catalin Predoiu is PNL’s proposal for the office of Prime Minister.
Catalin Predoiu pointed out that in case PNL will manage, through a responsible and credible government, to implement the things proposed through the Liberal governing program, then “in a first stage we can move on to a series of fiscal relaxation measures.”
“I will start with those that have lighter impact: the progressive lowering of the pole tax, down to zero, by 31 December 2016; the lowering of the fuel excise down to zero by 31 December 2016; capping the social insurance contributions to three gross average salaries for liberal professions. Finally, the VAT will be lowered to 19 per cent on 1 January 2016. All these things can be implemented if we implement the ones included in the first part while maintaining macro-balances,” PNL’s First Vice President Catalin Predoiu stated at the press conference in which PNL’s draft governing program was presented for public debate.
Predoiu added that the fiscal relaxation measures taken into account by the Liberals would lead to a rise in the degree of voluntary fiscal conformity and, implicitly, of state budget revenues.
“If this first part of accelerated reform and moderate recovery is fulfilled, 2015-2016, we can tackle the issue of a second stage of consolidated reform and consolidated recovery, 2017-2020. In what concerns the reform, we have to adopt legislation on holdings, the insolvency of physical persons, the simplification of the system of taxes and fees not included in the Fiscal Code. And, on the basis of these measures that address the real economy and the administration in relation to the economy, we can come up with a flat tax of 16 per cent, CAS paid by employer, CAS paid by employee, profit tax, income tax, dividend tax, 16 per cent,” PNL’s First Vice President added.
PSD’s Firea: Governing program launched by PNL, completely devoid of credibility
PSD’s Spokesperson Gabriela Firea believes that the governing program that PNL launched on Saturday “is completely devoid of credibility,” pointing out at the same time that the Social-Democrats would like to see “openness to dialogue” from the Liberals.
“The members of PNL have launched today a governing program completely devoid of credibility, having Catalin Predoiu and Vasile Blaga as its promoters, two of the main exponents of the former PDL regime that did a lot of harm to Romania in previous years. The ones who are now hiding behind the “new PNL” completely ignore Romania’s current economic facts, embracing “NO” and engaging in opposition either amateurishly or irresponsibly,” Firea states in a press release.
PSD’s Spokesperson also stated that the Social-Democrats would have liked to see a different attitude from the Liberals.
“We would have liked to see a different attitude on their part, one in which the good ideas we launched would have been admitted and supported; but that’s not the case. We would have liked to see a backing of the tax cuts already proposed by the government; but that’s not the case. On the contrary, after they raised the VAT in past years, they are now asking for the resignation of those who want to lower it, which is beyond absurd and fills them with ridicule. Catalin Predoiu, who now wants to become Prime Minister as representative of PNL, is the one who signed the salary and pension cuts, the brutal hiking of VAT to 24 per cent, the closing of hospitals and the lowering of indemnities. Mr. Predoiu and Mr. Blaga are among those who indebted Romanians with the record sum of almost EUR 20 bln contracted from external lenders and among those who signed in favor of hiking taxes and fees. What value can a governing program have coming from those who not only bankrupted Romania in the past but that blindly refused any invitation to dialogue? I am sorry to say it, but it denotes a lot of amateurism,” the communiqué signed by Gabriela Firea reads.
PLR’s Tariceanu: A program aborted with a lot of rhetoric and devoid of substance, with a powerful Basescu mark
Calin Popescu Tariceanu, former PNL leader and current president of the Liberal Reformist Party (PLR), harshly criticized the governing program that PNL’s proposed Prime Minister launched on Saturday during a conference in the presence of PNL’s co-presidents. Tariceanu likened PNL’s governing program to a joke on Radio Erevan: “Question: Can all mushrooms be eaten? Answer: Yes, but some only once.”
“That’s how it goes with the economic program of the former PDL, the current PNL. I believe Romanians fell for it once and no longer fall for what they previously proposed. I see that the former PDL leadership that has now taken control of PNL is reiterating the same things all over again. It’s a program aborted with a lot of rhetoric and devoid of substance and I invite them to vote in favor of the new Fiscal Code proposed by the Ponta Government. It’s a program with a powerful Basescu mark,” Tariceanu said.
In what concerns the social program, “it is hard to believe. Who are those who want to stop the exodus of medical doctors? Precisely those who were shutting down hospitals and cutting pensions and salaries,” the Speaker of the Senate added.
Throughout his statements, Calin Popescu Tariceanu deliberately mixed PNL with PDL.
Present at the same press conference, Senator Daniel Barbu stated that the entire governing program launched by PNL is a collection of wishes the likes of “let it be good so as not to be bad,” a document that seems to be a puzzle with comical undertones: “The chapter for the Diaspora stipulates the setting up of a ministry for Romanians living abroad, a ministry in charge with desiderata.”