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January 16, 2021

Former PM Ponta files incorporation articles for ‘Black Sea Regional Cooperation Projects 2020’ Association

Former Prime Minister Victor Ponta filed with the Bucharest Sector 5 Court an application whereby he asks the judges to grant legal personality to the ‘Black Sea Regional Cooperation Projects 2020’ Association.

The articles of incorporation were already submitted to the Bucharest Sector 5 Court on december 15, 2015 and on January 14 the court decides whether the foundation can become functional. The official launch will take place after the court’s ruling.

The media revealed that Victor Ponta will be chairman of this association, which will focus on international projects. Deputy chairmen will be former Health Minister Nicolae Banicioiu and former Minister of Agriculture in the Ponta Cabinet Daniel Constantin.

Victor Ponta’s upcoming foundation to stay away from politics

The foundation former Premier Victor Ponta is about to launch in the next period, and which also counts ex-Ministers Nicolae Banicioiu and Daniel Constantin among its members, will not get involved in politics, sources close to the subject told Agerpres.

According to the said sources, the new structure will be called the Black Sea Regional Cooperation Projects 2020 Association, and will be headed by Victor Ponta as chairman and Banicioiu and Constantin as vice-chairmen; it “will have nothing to do with politics” as it will only deal with international projects.

“Categorically the foundation will have nothing to do with politics, it will not participate in conferences in order to assess the political class, Parliament, or discuss the laws that should be passed in Romania. Ponta has already been at a conference in China. (…) That’s the model the foundation’s activity will follow. The event had representatives of several foundations from all over the world attending and discussing various subjects,” said the sources in connection with the conference held in Beijing on the occasion of the launch of the China – Central and Eastern European Countries Think Tank Network.

Apart from the chairman and the two vice-chairs, the foundation will also be headed by a board that includes several ex-Ministers of the Ponta Government.

Victor Ponta attended late last year, as a keynote speaker, the conference organized in Beijing at the launch of the China – Central and Eastern European Countries Think Tank Network.

”The invitation addressed to me is yet another sign of the positive and special way China regards Romania (and of appreciation for the success of the Bucharest 2013 Summit). I further believe that the projects developed by China in our region (Units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda power plant, Tarnita, Rovinari, the Bucharest – Chisinau high-speed railway, the opening of the Chinese market to Romanian agri-food products and much more) are tremendous development opportunities that need to be continued and finalised. It only takes intelligence and seriousness on our part and the benefits will be huge! And our active involvement in the New Silk Road megaproject is yet another ‘treasure’ in economic terms we should not let go to waste,” Ponta said in a December 16 post on a social network.

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