A new regrouping of political forces is taking place in Parliament. After jointly forming a parliamentary group, the Conservative Party (PC) and the Liberal Reforming Party (PLR) are now preparing to merge, stiripesurse.ro informs.
Thus, Daniel Constantin (photo) and Calin Popescu Tariceanu, the leaders of the two parties, engaged in extremely focused talks during the ruling coalition’s meeting on Monday. Unable to officially register his party, Tariceanu is insisting on this merger. By merging with PC, Calin Popescu Tariceanu and his people would manage to organize territorial branches, because they are now members of the National Environment Party.
In this sense, an important meeting will take place on Tuesday, one in which the decision to merge with Tariceanu’s Environment Party could be taken. According to stiripesurse.ro, the PC faction led by Cristian Popescu Piedone allegedly opposes the merger.
Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu admitted on Tuesday that PLR is engaged in merger negotiations with PC. The two parties already collaborate closely within the Senate where they form a joint parliamentary group.
Tariceanu considers the PLR-PC merger a good idea. The negotiations however come against the backdrop in which PC experiences major internal tensions that could even lead to a split.
The merger between PLR and PC entered the last stretch especially after party leaders Daniel Constantin and Calin Popescu Tariceanu reached a principled agreement.
PC President Daniel Constantin explained that the decisive talks will take place two weeks from now and the chances of going forward with it are very high.
Constantin also pointed out some of the steps that will be taken in the merger process: PC will absorb Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s PLR and the new party will be led by co-presidents. The elections for the new party’s central leadership bodies will take place on 1 January 2017. The party resulting from the merger will be completely changed. It will no longer be called Conservative, its symbol will be changed, as well as its statute and political doctrine.
Likewise, Daniel Constantin pointed out that the newly created party will run in the elections on its own. “We will run in the 2016 elections on our own, because there is the need for the third political pole in Romania, apart from PSD and PNL,” Daniel Constantin explained.
Protests in Conservative Party after announced merger with PLR
The announcement made by the President of the Conservative Party, Daniel Constantin, on a possible merger with Calin Popescu Tariceanu’s party – the Reformed Liberal Party (PLR) – has stirred internal protests. The most virulent opponents of the merger are Senators Dumitru Pelican and Cristiana Anghel, according to stiripesurse.ro. During the talks on the subject at the Palace of Parliament Cristian Popescu Piedone, Maria Grapini and Ilie Nastase were not present, all being against the merger.
The members of the commission that negotiates the merger with PLR will be PC President Daniel Constantin, Bogdan Ciucă, Mircea Banias, Vasile Nistor, Daniel Florea and Eugen Durbacă. After the merger there will be two co-presidents – Daniel Constantin and Calin Popescu Tariceanu. A congress of the resulting party will be held in 2017, which gives Daniel Constantin a place on the leadership of the new party, according to stiripesurse.ro.
Daniel Constantin also explained the steps that would be taken in the merger process: PC will absorb PLR currently led by Calin Popescu Tariceanu and the new party will have two co-presidents. The election of the national leading positions in the new party will be on 1 January 2017. After that step, the party resulting from the merger will undergo total change. It will no longer be called Conservative, it will have a new logo, statute and political doctrine. Daniel Constantin noted that the new party will participate in election on its own. ‘We will participate in elections on our own in 2016, because a third political pole, next to PSD and PNL, is needed in Romania’, Daniel Constantin explained.