PM Victor Ponta, in his capacity as chairman of the main left-wing party of Romania, the Social Democratic Party (PSD), attends on Friday, alongside Massimo D’Alema, the chairman of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), and the Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber, Valeriu Zgonea, the official launch of the Democratic Left Foundation (FSD), to take place at the Cervantes Institute in Bucharest.
In attendance will be members of the newly-established FSD, as well as 150 guests from the academic environment, civil society and the political world, as specified in a release on Thursday sent to Agerpres.
The PSD MEP Victor Negrescu, who is among the initiators of the Democratic Left Foundation, said that the event would represent a first occasion for relaunching debates referring to the value of the left-wing in Romania and the social policies that must be initiated and implemented in the future. According to Victor Negrescu, the Democratic Left Foundation represents a platform of expression for the left-wing intellectuals in Romania.
“Enthusiastic people decided to say out loud the truth as seen from the left side, even with the risk of displeasing the ones who over the recent years presented themselves as being the ideologists of modern Romania. We are called the Left Democratic Foundation and we are university professors, bloggers, journalists, NGOs, fresh people in politics or people who just wanted a different society where individuals should really matter. The Democratic Left Foundation wishes to promote the values and principles of the left, while offering thus an alternative to the intellectual hegemony of the right-wing. We want to create a favourable framework for real ideological and programmatic debates, to also target public policies, especially social ones. There are many voices in Romania that identify themselves as leftists. The Foundation wants to bring them together,” said the members of the Initiative Group of the Democratic Left Foundation, according to the abovementioned release.