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Director of Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Romania, Sven Irmer: ‘I cannot see structure in the fiscal reform, I cannot see progress in hospitals or in the area of infrastructure’

The Director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Romania, Sven Irmer, said on Wednesday that the opposition in Romania should be more critical and that he could see no progress in hospitals or infrastructure.

The head of the German foundation in Romania also stressed that it seemed odd to him that a prime-minister – he meant Victor Ponta had said ‘the opposition should be more alive’, adding that such a situation had not been seen in Germany. Not least,. Sven Irmer highlighted the fact that he could not see the reforms the Ponta Government prided itself on.

‘My personal opinion is that Romania needs a strong opposition. People want alternatives, this is why there is or there was such a wide edge on which the president won the election. Because people want an alternative, a new beginning for Romania. The opposition should be massively criticising and not wait to be pushed by the premier. (…) Of course that Victor Ponta is trying to waken the opposition by making such statements, as he knows the opposition is going through a resettlement process and that could actually be a first sign of a fear of the opposition and of what could come next, because the success we have seen, in the last two years, did not exist, and I’m saying this as a foreign observer. I cannot see structure in the fiscal reform, I cannot see progress in hospitals or in the area of the infrastructure. If I, a foreign observer, cannot see that, Romanians definitely cannot see it either. The education system is also a sector where investment needs to be made and I don’t see that investment. (…) People would deserve something better in this country’, Sven Irmer said on Realitatea TV.


‘A new Government will be needed for implementing Iohannis’ plan’


In his view, fundamental reforms will be possible in Romania subject to how well President Klaus Iohannis manages to bring people around him.

‘I think it’s a nice signal that a representative of an ethnic minority has been elected in Romania. It shows how relaxed this country is in its approach on minorities, but it is also a good signal that it’s a person who has been successful at a local level and a question definitely pops up: Could the model of Sibiu be rolled out to the entire country? I hope it can. The signals we have received these last 100 days are visible. (…) It’s a good thing that every step is judged by the media. A new Government will be needed for implementing Iohannis’ plan, but we will see in the next months how that will develop’, Sven Irmer said.

As for the relationship of the Romanian president and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Sven Irmer noted that it was difficult to appreciate how it would develop in the future, nut stressed that ‘there is a positive image in Germany of his visit and talks held while over there’. First of all, it’s always an advantage to be able to talk to your interlocutor in your native language. That was possible when the president met with the chancellor and , naturally, such thing makes communication easier’, the observer added.

On the other hand, Sven Irmer noted that ‘Romania must do more, there should be a process of consolidation in the rule of law area’.

‘We have in Germany a debate on our borders and refugees to Europe. Romania and Bulgaria operate in two gears when it comes to internal consolidation. Romania has made a big progress. Bulgaria, on the other hand, is lagging behind and we need to try and clarify how Romania could make the most of the progress made’, the director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Romania further stated.

According to Sven Irmer, The Konrad Adenauer Foundation works with ‘EPP, PNL, PMP, but also UDMR, all parties that are in Parliament, in the context of a political education the foundation is responsible for in relation with Romanian right-wing parties’.

‘It is a nice signal that there is cooperation between the winner and the defeated. That’s a good sign for a bit or normality in Romania rather than fighting. Both the PM and the president first of all work for the country. I see things are getting normal. I hope they stay like that, even if the situation is a bit more difficult for the defeated than for the winners of the latest election’, Sven Irmer said.




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