The National Council of the Social Democrat Party (PSD) unanimously voted on Friday for the organization of the party’s congress in November.The congress should elect the new leadership of the currently ruling party.
‘I propose convening the congress of the PSD in November, to elect the leadership structures and approve the modification of the PSD’s statutes. I am also calling you to agree on the National Council mandating of the Executive Committee to set the detailed agenda and the precise date and place of the PSD Congress. I am calling all the county and local chapters to start next month the procedures for electing the leadership structures of the local and county chapters,’ PSD’s executive chair Liviu Dragnea told the plenum of the Council.
The meeting of the National Council of the Social Democrat Party (PSD) began on Friday at the Parliament Palace, in the presence of the party president, Prime Minister Victor Ponta, and of other members of its leadership; the honorary president of the PSD, Ion Iliescu, former President of Romania, did not attend.
The Council, to continue through Saturday, will elect its new chair for the first time in three years since former PM Adrian Nastase vacated this position. The only candidate is Labour Minister Rovana Plumb.
The Council will also modify the party’s statute. Several amendments were proposed for the party members sentenced or investigated for corruption, for the party positions and for the leadership officials; there is even a proposal to strip the Council of its political decision powers and turn it into an ideological debate forum.
Ponta should submit to the National Council his report after five years in the office of party head; the document is supposed to include statistics on the achievement of the Social Democrat governing.
According to these data, Romania had the fifth economic growth rate in the European Union in 2014, twice the European average and three times the average of the Eurozone. The country’s GDP in 2014 was higher than the pre-crisis figure of 2008; the document asserts the growth is ‘sustainable’ and based mainly on industries with high value added.
The report also points out the advance of the GDP per capita by 1000 euros since 2011 and by 1,700 euros since 2008, while the unemployment rate declined and more jobs were offered.
As regards the rate of use of European funds, Ponta is to mention the nearly seven-fold figure of January 2015 on an April 2012 basis, to 53 percent of the EU allocations in the 2007-2013 budget.
Over the first half of the day, the Council held specialized workshops; Victor Ponta attended the ones dedicated to retirees, to the Tax Code and to agricultural debates.
Ponta on PSD voting on Valcov: Only senators vote in the Senate
Prime Minister Victor Ponta said Friday at Parliament Palace that it will be the senators to decide on how to vote on the request from the Prosecution Service for resigning Finance Minister Darius Valcov to be placed under pre-trial detention.
Asked about how the Social Democratic Party (PSD), major at rule, will vote in the Senate, Ponta said, ‘Only senators vote in the Senate. (…) I am an MP in the Chamber of Deputies.’
A request for the approval of remanding and pre-trial detention of Senator Darius Valcov for influence peddling reached the Senate on Friday.
The Standing Bureau of the Senate is expected to consider the request most likely on Monday, after which it will forward it to the Judiciary Committee for an opinion.
The lawyer senators will have three days to draw up a report to submit to a plenary session of the chamber for approval. Resigning Minister Valcov will be allowed to plead his case before the Senate, Agerpres reports.