Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Liviu Dragnea said that on Thursday or Friday he will present a report on the PSD-National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR)-Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) governing, “a very good governing that started in 2012.”
“We want to show on one of the coming days how the PSD-UNPR-ALDE governing leaves Romania. We are talking about a very good governing, we are talking about a period that began in 2012, when the USL [Social Liberal Union] took over Romania in a not very fortunate situation in terms of economy, and we leave Romania in a very good shape, with a sustainable and healthy economic growth, with very well sustained macroeconomic balances. I believe we must present the public the current situation, what this new Government is taking over. We are not ashamed with what we leave behind; on the contrary, we are very proud and we have a duty to Romanians to tell them what we have done over these years. I believe it is mandatory, it is useful for the current government, too, to know where it starts from. Any slippage, any decline in any indicator will make us draw their attention that it was promised that a government of experts will be a good, efficient government, and that it will bring welfare to the country at least at the level at which the Ponta governments have,” Dragnea said on Wednesday evening, at the end of the discussions with PM-designate Dacian Ciolos on the composition of the new government.
The PSD national chairman also said that he requested Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici to file with the Government the draft budget for 2016 so when the new PM and his Cabinet are invested they should have “all the assessments and the entire budget draft with all the financial resources to ensure all the commitments and all the laws adopted in terms of finance and budget-fiscal policies.”
“What the new government will do with the draft budget we shall also see. What we can tell is that all the measures that have been adopted in 2015 have budget backup in the new draft budget, without exceeding the budget deficit,” Dragnea also said.
I personally want PSD-UNPR-ALDE collaboration to continue
Liviu Dragnea said on Wednesday he wants collaboration among the Social Democrats, the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) to continue, and says he sees no reason why the coalition should be “blown up” given that the elected public office holders of the three formations have collaborated very well in Parliament.
“I don’t know how firm they are [the messages of support for the new government]. (…) UNPR has always said they support the President in all national interest areas. I have seen ALDE’s statement, I have spoken with Mr Tariceanu today, before and after consultations with Mr Ciolos. And I will also talk before [the consultations] and after my meeting with Mr Ciolos. I don’t see why the collaboration among the PSD, the UNPR and the ALDE should not continue, I really don’t see any reason not to,” the PSD chairman said on Wednesday evening, at the end of the consultations with Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos, in reply to a question.
Dragnea added that “there have been some tense days, but there is a majority coalition which supported a very good government, with very good results for Romania.”
“I see no reason why we should blow this coalition up. On the contrary, we mustn’t throw away what we gained, there has been a very good collaboration. The PSD, UNPR and ALDE parliamentarians have gotten accustomed, they collaborate very well, the coalition works very well in Parliament and I personally want this collaboration to go on,” the PSD chairman said.
“PM-designate told me he will focus on completing new Cabinet list on Thursday”
Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Liviu Dragnea on Wednesday said that the Prime Minister-designate told him that on Thursday he would focus on completing the list of ministers and then, in a day or two, he would also finalise the government programme.
“He told me he was working on the government programme and on completing the Cabinet list. This is what he said. Today, unfortunately for him, he couldn’t do this because he went to visit each party. I suggested him to start working on completing the Government members’ list tomorrow [Thursday], because, in my opinion, it is important that on Monday and Tuesday ministers come to hearings so that, possibly on Tuesday evening, the Government can be voted on in Parliament, and if it passes to also be sworn in on Tuesday evening. Before leaving he told me that tomorrow [on Thursday] he will focus on finalising the Cabinet list and, in a day or two, he will also complete the government programme which he has probably been working on,” the PSD national leader said on Wednesday at the end of the consultations on the new government with PM-designate Dacian Ciolos.
The discussions between PSD leaders and Ciolos lasted almost 40 minutes.