National Liberal Party (PNL) is proposing to parliamentary parties the date of 17 August for consultations on themes such as economic macro-stability, especially the Fiscal Code and the new salary law in the public sector, the absorption of European funds, development of infrastructure and public investment, reform of public administration, accession to the Schengen Area and the preparation of the Presidency of the EU Council in 2019. The team appointed by the Liberals for starting the negotiations is made up of Catalin Predoiu, Eugen Nicolaescu and Marian Petrache, PNL Co-president Alina Gorghiu has informed.
‘We are proposing to all parliamentary parties that are interested in this dialogue a date (for discussions – editor’s note) and a PNL team will start these negotiations. The PNL team is made up of Catalin Predoiu, Eugen Nicolaescu and Marian Petrache and is mandated to engage in discussions and expose principles and lines of actions supported by PNL on the topic of economic macro-stability in Romania. Of course that the Fiscal Code and its sustainability, the public sector salary law will also be discussed, but we are also adding a new theme (…), the agreement with the IMF, EC and WB’, Gorghiu said, according to Mediafax.
The PNL official said the Liberals had suggested 17 August as the date for the debate.
On Friday, PNL Co-president Alina Gorghiu said, in principle, the talks with PSD and UDMR on various themes of major interest might happen around the date of 15 August and that PNL would set a calendar for the consultations as well as the team that will participate in the debates within the National Political Bureau, on Monday.
Gorghiu also said that ‘sometime mid-August’, the Liberals would be able to sit down to the table of negotiations with the rest of the political parties, saying that, so far, both Liviu Dragnea, the interim President of PSD, and UDMR leader Kelemen Hunor, had showed their willingness to take part in the public consultations on themes of major interest, proposed by PNL.
‘I am convinced that, sometime mid-August, we will have the capacity to sit down at the table. Still on Monday, 3 August, we will propose a calendar to those who are willing to participate in the debates, as both myself and Vasile Blaga, as well as the colleagues on the PNL leadership, think that Romania will no longer be ruled with 180 degree turns’, Gorghiu further said.
The Co-president of PNL said she was happy that she had already received the confirmation from UDMR, who had manifested its availability for coming ad discussing crucial matters for the future of Romania, adding that ‘PSD has also said, through its new – old leader, Dragnea, that they were not declining the invitation to such discussions’.
Social-Democratic sources have told Mediafax that PSD had not yet made a decision on the consultations with PNL and that the matter would be on the agenda of the following National Standing Bureau of the party that might happen around the date of 15 August. The Social-Democrats are also discussing the mandate for the extraordinary parliamentary session that is due to take place on 24 – 26 August, for the re-examination of the Fiscal Code. On the other hand, the Liberals asked for an extraordinary Parliament sitting for the adoption of the law on distance voting.