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August 14, 2022

Premier Ponta marks his governance with an 8

Prime-Minister Victor Ponta marks himself with an 8 for his three years of governance so far, taking over the mark previously given to him by his mother in an interview, and says his biggest underachievement is the infrastructure.

Asked on B1 TV what mark he would give himself for his three years of governance, Ponta answered: ‘I am definitely subjective, but I will say what my mother said when asked to give me a mark said 8, if I remember correctly. I am not going to contradict my own mother and she is certainly more objective than me’.

Victor Ponta pointed out that his biggest underachievement as a prime-minister was the infrastructure development.


At PNL there is a void of power and wisdom. The fear of DNA has caused deadlock of institutions


Victor Ponta took advantage of his presence on B1 TV to attack the opposition. The premier said the National Liberal Party (PNL) had a void of power and wisdom because of the major infrastructure projects.

The most discussed subject still on paper is the Brasov-Comarnic motorway, one that – Victor Ponta says – even people in charge keep clear of because of DNA’s investigations.

Although he marks himself with an 8 for the quality of his governance, Victor Ponta admits to the biggest issue of his Cabinet continuing to be the development of motorways.

‘If we keep the same populist thinking also in 2015, they will say Ponta wants to… we too have said the same thing. It is the kind of project one can implement. I have also talked to President Iohannis and he didn’t criticise it. I have tried talking to PNL and tell them there is a void of power and wisdom’ – are the arrows shot by the premier in the direction of the opposition.

Prime-minister says institutions were blocked for fear of DNA.

‘If I go to the Ministry of Transport now and tell them to sign the project for the Comarnic-Brasov motorway because it’s good, we will be taken away by DNA tomorrow. It’s an institutional deadlock. A political-institutional one, actually’, the premier explained in an interview with Dan Andronic, on ‘Lumini si umbre’.


‘I will do or not do politics according to how the governance is evaluated in the end’


The leader of the Social-Democratic Party (PSD), Prime-Minister Victor Ponta, said on B1 TV that his political life was tied to his success as a prime-minister and that he would decide if he would continue in politics or not according to how the governance and his term were evaluated as a general impression.

‘My political life is inevitably tied to my success as a prime-minister and to the success of the governance. After the emotional part goes away, I will definitely be evaluated – if the Ponta governance was good or bad – and, according to that, I will or will not do politics, because, if the general impression is a good one, I will continue in politics, if not, I won’t’, Ponta said on B1 TV.

He added that he didn’t think he didn’t need to be ‘resuscitated’ after the presidential election where he had been defeated at the end of 2014.


Ponta, on sanctions against those opposing the lifting of an MP’s immunity: It was a political statement


Asked, on B1 TV, why no PSD MP had been sanctioned as he had promised, in February, when he said that anyone who would not vote to lift the immunity of an MP would receive party sanctions, Victor Ponta answered that he had just informed there was a principled decision in that respect. When the TV show host noted that no one had actually been sanctioned, the PSD leader said: ‘I don’t they anyone will, because each person is responsible for how he/she votes’.

Asked if it meant that his statement in February on taking measures against anyone who would not vote for lifting an MP’s immunity could be forgotten about, Ponta answered that ‘it was a political statement, a political intention’, adding that he was unable to monitor the votes of each and every member of Parliament.


There was a consensus between the president and premier on the matter of the appointment of embassy staff


There was a consensus between the president and premier on the matter of the appointment of embassy staff, Victor Ponta said.

However, he was unable to say who exactly had proposed ex-SRI head George Maior first.

‘Definitely yes! We have been talking about it since January-February. I have informed him and told him. One of the consequences of the institutional deadlock of the last two years is that with a few exceptions, all the terms of our ambassadors have expired. We went to Saudi Arabia together, where we have a charge d’affairs. We agreed on all names. If some of better known, I am telling you that, from the Government’s point of view, it is the person appointed to Brussels’, was Victor Ponta’s answer to the question whether or not he had consulted President Klaus Iohannis on those appointments to office, within the ‘Lumini si umbre’ B1 TV programme.


Premier wants smaller taxes for TV and radio stations, not for print media


Victor Ponta said on B1 TV that, as a Prime-Minister, he was looking for a way to support TV and radio stations by cutting taxes according to the weight of news in their programme grid, but not for the print media as well, because their online costs are smaller.

‘From 1 January, when the new Fiscal Code enters into force, the legislation regulating copyright will also suffer minor changes. I know that many in the media work under this legislation, otherwise correctly. The right to information is a constitutional right, therefore we must continue to subsidise the public TV. However, I think the other TV stations that have news in the programme also provide information to the public, perhaps even more that TVR. The entertainment stations are a different story. This is why I have asked Teodorovici (Finance Minister – editor’s note) to try and find a solution to support news media’, Ponta said on B1 TV.

Ponta noted that he had no solution for the print media, but suggested that its costs were smaller than the ones of radio and TV as they had moved to online.

‘We have not come up with a solution for the print media yet, especially because the majority of the print media has moved to inline and the costs are different. I am not dividing them into those supporting Basescu and those that support me, I am dividing them based on one criterion: who has an important share of news, positive or negative, that’s the job of CNA. We do not want to finance an entertainment station’, Victor Ponta said.

The premier noted that they were trying to identify a system through which the Executive should not allocate money, but reduce taxes and fees, and then notify the European Commission.




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