Monday, 27 April, it’s been three years since the fall of the Mihai Razvan Ungureanu (MRU) Government. PSD has marked the moment through an event at the Palace of Parliament. Although they were invited, the Liberals (the other half of the alliance leading to the change of power in 2012) said they would not participate.
Prime minister, Victor Ponta, the Social Democrat Party (PSD) chairman declared himself proud that he is one of the 235 parliamentarians who have voted three years ago the censor motion that led to the Ungureanu Government’s fall.
‘I’m very proud I was the one of the 235 members of the Parliament who have voted that censure motion, as I’ll be proud my entire life that I’m one of those who have voted for the then President’s suspension. I haven’t change my mind, I haven’t become friends with those we have ousted. Utmost important is that the change was not random,’ said Ponta in the opening of the event called ‘Three years – the beginning of the end of Basescu – MRU – Predoiu regime,’ that took place at the Parliament Palace.
He specified he has invited in this event all the 235 MPs who have voted for the Ungureanu Government’s fall.
‘Three years ago exactly, the Romanian citizens have participated in an event unique in the 25 years of democracy – the democratic change through a censure motion of a parliamentary majority and the Opposition’s coming to power through a governing programme that we still have today. I want to thank all those people who have made it possible this historic change. I thought it as my duty, as initiator of this event to invite all of the 235 members of the Parliament who have voted the censure motion. I find it polite, I find it normal. And I thank all those who have come and those who haven’t,’ Ponta added.
Ponta’s report pointed out that back in 2012, when USL came to power, graduates – including those of the Police Academy – used to go directly to unemployment. He mentioned as USL’s successes the unblocking of teaching, medical and military positions.
“I want us not to forget that, after 700,000 working places were lost in 2010-2011, we managed together to create more than 250,000 jobs. After the economic recession – because Romania was in economic recession in the second quarter of 2012 – we are now in the fourth year of economic growth, although in such a fluctuating region I think it’s also the merit of the USL governing,” Ponta declared.
He mentioned the restoration of pensions and salaries cut by his predecessors as perhaps the most resounding promise made by the USL.
“More than restoring all the pensions and wages, we have abided by the pensions law and will keep abiding by it. I think it is the obligation of a government and of a normal society not to repeat the 2010 moment, ever. (…) The social support for those disfavoured categories, namely the people with disabilities, the child allowance, the allowances for people of disfavoured families – in the end this government was the one who supported the granting of legitimate rights of those who have suffered under the communist regime. (…) I think we could pass a new normative act to render justice to this category, too. The Liberal part of the USL has always insisted – and was right to – on the strictly fiscal and economic component, and this Social-Liberal government was the one who exempted from taxation the reinvested profits, reduced the contributions to social insurance and the VAT on bread,” the prime minister added.
The PM pointed out that this is the fourth straight year of growth for Romania’s agriculture, and that Romania has turned into an exporter of agricultural products.
“We are no longer in the situation to import more than we export. The minimum wage is a key element a society like Romania’s needs, and we can carry on in this direction,” Ponta explained.
The Premier also stressed that moves towards energy independence and investments in energy have continued and that the halt of energy supply contracts with the “smart alecs” was crucial to this, stating that those contracts were causing Romania’s budget a hole of roughly one billion lei. (…) “The USL Government did no longer extend illegal licenses, nor did it proceed to illegal property returns or plunder the country, although the times were good in economic terms, we were no longer witnessing recession like in 2010 and 2011,” said Ponta.
Not in the last place, the Prime Minister pointed out that motorways represent another main goal of the Government. “There is still a lot to do about motorways and this is one of our major goals for the next period. Nevertheless, we opened the motorway to the seaside – begun by Ceausescu, we also commissioned the motorway to Ploiesti – which was begun by Mr. Tariceanu, and the Deva – Sibiu motorway stretch. (…) There are things we need to accomplish by a steadfast approach. (…)
We only succeeded in reopening 23 of the 62 hospitals shut down by the previous government, but I think that through the investments we envisage, we will be able to ensure a decent standard of medical assistance,” said Victor Ponta, quoted by Agerpres.
According to the Premier, in the past three years, the Government moved steadily towards increasing investments in troops’ training and military equipment, the more so as Romania is, alongside Poland and Turkey, the main security provider in the region.
In the event named”Three years – the beginning of the end of Basescu – MRU – Predoiu regime”, Ponta presented two slides reading “USL has promised: prime minister from PSD, President from PNL” and “USL has promised: Basescu and Udrea in jail – partly done.” He was referring to former president Traian Basescu, former prime minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, former justice minister Catalin Predoiu (now PNL’s nominee for prime minister, after the party withdrew from USL and merged with PDL) and former minister Elena Udrea , Basescu’s political pupil.She is currently under arrest pending trial for several counts of corruption and money laundering).
Ex Prime Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu sends a message: Three years ago you cheated and won
Ex-Prime-Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu (MRU) has sent a message three years after his Cabinet was unseated by a no-confidence vote. The ex-premier seems to be referring to all those who dismissed him three years ago, even if, in the meantime, many of them have become his party colleagues.
MRU also answeried rumours about his mysteries disappearance from the Cotroceni picture.
‘Three years ago, you cheated and won. You counted on the hunger for power, you speculated on Romanians’ dissatisfaction, you negotiated with the coward, you bought the weakest and won the grand prize: access to the state resources into which you then greedily dug as you had been taught by all previous governments.
On the other hand, I took a huge risk, being unwilling to make compromises. But the lesson learnt could not change my habit. I continue to have the obsession of decency, resilient and silent labour, equilibrium and trust in the future.
You, in fact, will never win. History will be written by honest and fair Romanians, industrious and optimistic. You will be nothing but footnotes on those pages’, MRU states on Facebook.
Ungureanu is also making another mysterious statement in the context of the rumours suggesting tensions which made him fall out of President Iohannis’ grace. ‘Those who are curious and willing to know about me I am answering in the following way: I have not disappeared anywhere. I am just being patient’, MRU says. In fact, Ungureanu is considered by many Liberals as a replacement option for Catalin Predoiu as future PNL premier.
Predoiu: Ponta, one of the most mediocre political ministers. MRU and I were technocratic ministers
Ponta was an MP who was doing the most embarrassing exercises of flattery to Basescu and Boc in order to be accepted into the Boc governments. Ponta was actually a part of the Basescu regime, of the PSD-PDL coalition. Mihai Razvan Ungureanu and I, on the other hand, were technocratic ministers, politically supported by PNL and then by PDL. Ponta was one of the most mediocre political ministers I have seen in the four years of governance and I did see quite a few’, MRU told Mediafax, responding to the prime-minister’s announcement of the fact that ‘three years since the beginning of the end of the Basescu-MRU-Predoiu regime’ will be celebrated at the Palace of Parliament on Monday, inviting all MPS who supported the no-confidence vote against the Ungureanu Government three years ago.
Predoiu, who is also the Prime-Minister of the PNL shadow Cabinet, called the event a manifestation of ‘cheap politics’.
‘Celebrating the fall of the regime you belonged to as political decision-maker and political minister is an instance of a series of <normal> hypostases promoted by Ponta. The multiple hypostases and occupational patterns tried in life are now being expressed by his political conduct. We must understand, spare him and remove him from the Government before he turns the country into one big experiment of split personality of Ceausescu type: one abroad and a different one in the country;, ex-Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu also told Mediafax.
Predoiu was Minister of Justice in the Tariceanu, Boc and Ungureanu Governments. He was also an interim Prime Minister.