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September 22, 2019
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Civil society’s demands to President Iohannis: Clean gov’t, political consensus on street grievances

A clean government, “dignity, truth and consciousness,” political consensus over the street grievances were some of the demands civil society leaders made of President Klaus Iohannis at a meeting on Friday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

*** Nicusor Dan (Save Bucharest Association) said at the end of the meeting that he conveyed one thing to the President, namely that the appointment of a prime minister should not be hastily done, but under a political agreement.

“There is no hurry to appoint a prime minister. We have to get political agreement on some themes, which the street can share. I suggested to the President that in two-three weeks the presidential administration centralises all the grievances, instead of online forums doing that; that would be a basis for such a political agreement that the President, as the representative of the society, may reach with the political parties,” said Dan, according to Agerpres.

*** Mihai Dragos (Council of Romania’s Youth) underscored that before discussions about politics and administration, the President should remember “there are unsolved issues related to the risks of a tragedy like the Colectiv club fire repeating itself.”

“We are not talking about regulations and rules. (…) The more general frustration of the street is that the Government to be designed should have no ‘dirty’ members; it should be a ‘clean’ government. It should not have criminally charged people, criminally investigated persons or persons whose criminal prosecution has been blocked by Parliament, party switchers, officers or collaborators of the [late communist police] Securitatea, and so on. This is a very important signal that has to be conveyed to the society,” said Mihai Dragos.

*** Doctor Dragos Slavescu told the President that “the Romanian people needs three things: dignity, truth and consciousness.”

“We know that the main problem that triggered the street protests is clear: financial corruption, and particularly moral corruption. There are problems because there are no leaders to follow and there’s also a national identity crisis going on,” said Slavescu.

He added that the drawing up of a law “to impose personal liability in all fields of activity,” was discussed at the meeting, with Slavescu pointing also to the problems that emerged in the management of the last week’s fire at Colectiv nightclub and the fact that nobody is responsible for the mistakes made.

*** Sorin Ionita (Expert Forum) spoke on behalf of five NGOs whose grievances were gathered in a 10-point plan with precise objectives and deadlines.

“We believe they are still feasible items to be applied before Christmas that would prove a will for change of the political class when all the items are implemented. These are items that cost not a single penny of public funds and that can pass in one week. We still believe that would be better for the President to appoint a very good prime minister in the sense that the street demands,” said Ionita.

The attending civil society leaders were: Sorin Ionita – Expert Forum; Elena Calistru – Funky Citizens; Nicusor Dan – Save Bucharest Association; Mihai Dragos – Council of Romanian Youth; Ionut Sibian – Foundation for the Development of Civil Society; Cristina Guseth – Freedom House; Liviu Mihaiu – Save Danube and its Delta; Ema Stoica – student; Adrian Despot – lead singer of Vita de Vie band; he was at Colectiv Club when the last Friday’s fire raged on and helped saving victims; Tudor Benga – the online OKIAN library; Alexandru Bindar – Union of Romania’s Students; Catalin Drula – Pro Infrastructure Association; Edmond Niculusca – Romanian Association for Culture, Education and Normalcy; Horia Onita – National Council of Pupils; Claudia Postelnicescu – Initiative Romania; Stefan Darabus – Hope and Homes for Children Romania; Andrei Cornea – The Group for Social Dialogue (GDS, one of Romania’s oldest NGOs); Clara Matei – Association of Resident Doctors; Dragos Slavescu – doctor and Octavian Berceanu – Uniti Salvam (United We Save), a social movement against gold mining in the Apuseni Mountains.


Expert Forum’s Ionita: President Iohannis does not seem very enthusiastic about early elections

President Klaus Iohannis does not seem very enthusiastic about the idea of early elections Sorin Ionita of Expert Forum, one of the civil society leaders who attended on Friday a consultation meeting with President Klaus Iohannis at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace says in a Facebook post.

“What has not been discussed: name or profile of the prime minister, none of our business. What we have found: he will have another round of talks with the political parties next week, he does not make nomination now; generally he is a gradualist: the country cannot be reformed overnight – blah, blah, blah! (I got a bit annoyed here); he does not seem very enthusiastic about early elections. Personally, I disagree with the last point, but there is a diversity of opinions,” says Ionita.

He adds that the attending civil society leaders asked the President to come to the University Square; while he said yes, he did not say when.

“Among the themes raised by many: the President should come to agora (he will, but he does not say when in advance); next time there will be online voting for civic society leaders on their pages so that the people may choose (…); the intelligence survives get at us, but we have different opinions on how to curtail their powers, how to demilitarise politics,” says Ionita, according to Agerpres.

Iohannis said Friday that his meeting with civil society leaders was an atypical one generated by special times when he can take over their requests to forward them to the political parties

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