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February 5, 2023

PSD interim leader Dragnea welcomes UNPR’s reaching across the aisle on Fiscal Code

Interim chairman of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea welcomes the initiative of the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) announced by the formation’s leader Gabriel Oprea, to have parliamentary parties discuss the Fiscal Code, and confirmed the presence at the talks of Public Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici on PSD’s behalf.

“At the last press conference I called on the entire political class to switch to a policy focused on Romania’s real problems and on the identification of priorities, and put aside personal conflicts and demagoguery. I see the first reactions are encouraging, as several significant political actors are urging dialogue on the Fiscal Code. In this regard, I welcome the initiative launched by UNPR through the voice of the formation’s chairman Gabriel Oprea, to have parliamentary parties discuss the Fiscal Code, and I hereby confirm the presence in this activity, of Public Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici on PSD’s behalf,” Liviu Dragnea said as quoted in a Friday release to Agerpres.

Dragnea noted “with satisfaction” that the National Liberal Party too invites PSD and the governing parties to debates on the key subjects for Romania’s development.

“We have always expressed the need to institutionalize political dialogue in all the situations where the opposition can contribute ideas or political support to projects that transcend the parties’ immediate political interests,” Dragnea said.

He assured that subsequent to the technical talks, there will be “full availability” to analyse the possible “political solutions at a meeting of the parliamentary parties’ leading teams, before the start of the extraordinary session of the Romanian Parliament; the date, time and location of the meeting will be jointly agreed upon.”

“We believe that other subjects too require dialogue: institutional modernization, efficient administrative decentralization, supporting the Romanians living in the diaspora preserve their identity and fully exercise the rights conferred by the Romanian citizenship, carrying out an adequate infrastructure and developing agriculture, strategies for the development of rural communities, devising an efficient communication model and harmonizing the administrative path connecting Parliament, the Government and the Presidency, modernizing the health and education system, conceiving policies to enable Romania become a weightier actor in the political decisions at European and global level and more others,” says the PSD acting leader.

He mentioned that the proposals were formulated following consultations with Prime Minister Victor Ponta and governing partners.

“We are open to institutionalizing such a dialogue and we are expecting the National Liberal Party, but other parties too, to join this effort of reflection that was so far embraced only by PSD, UNPR and ALDE,” says Liviu Dragnea.

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