Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Co-President Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Friday that his party has prepared a draft agreement on electoral collaboration with PSD, a draft on which negotiations are ongoing, pointing out that it will not include any mention on the changing of the electoral law.
Asked when he will sign an electoral agreement with PSD, Tariceanu said: “I don’t know yet, we will sign it. I can tell you that we will sign it, we’ve prepared a draft, we are currently discussing a draft agreement.”
“In principle, the agreement outlines the framework of a possible collaboration in the local elections and beyond, possibly in the parliamentary elections too, I don’t know yet, we will see, we are negotiating,” Tariceanu said at a press conference.
Asked whether the agreement covers some alliances with PSD for city halls or within local councils, Tariceanu said the agreement is a political framework and the two parties can form alliances within local and county councils. “We have a wide range of possibilities, we can support joint candidates, we can run on separate lists,” the ALDE Co-President said.
Referring to the protocol that PSD and UNPR have signed, Tariceanu said that he is “not interested” and that ALDE has not signed an agreement at the same time with UNPR because it did not consider a tripartite agreement to be “useful.”
Calin Popescu Tariceanu explained that this agreement is necessary because the ALDE and PSD party branches have to be given a direction. “We consider that such a document, a political agreement, is necessary at this moment,” Tariceanu said.
The ALDE Co-President added that the political agreement with PSD will not include a stipulation concerning the changing of the electoral legislation. “What does the voting system have to do with the agreement concerning electoral collaboration? These are two [separate] things, like the Palace of Parliament is to the Intercontinental Hotel,” Tariceanu said.
“I reject the CVM report and ask the Gov’t to return it to the European Commission”
Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated that he rejects the latest Cooperation and Verification Mechanism report and asked the Government to send it back to the European Commission along with the criticism already formulated, pointing out that the procedures for the cessation of monitoring have to be started.
“I reject this report and I ask the Government to send it back along with all the criticism already brought and other criticism that the Government will have the obligation to formulate, in order for it to be rewritten while taking into account the observations that not only I but other persons and institutions have also made so far. It would require a point of view from the Government, which should analyze thoroughly and in an extremely critical fashion all observations included in the report,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Friday at a press conference.
Likewise, the Senate Speaker is asking the Government to start diplomatic procedures with the European Commission in order for the latter to stop monitoring the judiciary because “this mechanism has no kind of legal basis in the accession treaty and is starting to be used rather like a political instrument.”
“A lot of European countries are making a permanent and absolutely illogical link between Schengen accession and the CVM. Schengen accession is not an option offered to Romania, it’s an obligation of member states, inscribed in the accession treaty. The status of Schengen member is obtained not on the basis of political criteria, which are almost always included in the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, but on the basis of technical achievements that should express some countries’ capacity to fall in line with the Schengen Area’s regulations and requirements,” Tariceanu added.
The Senate Speaker stated that the report has “a paternalist tone” and induces the idea that “Romanian authorities are not able to solve the problems without the precious recommendations received from the European Union’s bureaucracy.”
He added that there are opinions, conclusions and recommendations that contradict Romanian Constitution directives that concern the right to free speech.
“In what concerns the Report’s call for Parliament to explain its decisions (on the requests to lift lawmakers’ immunities – editor’s note), not only does it lack a constitutional or legal basis, but it is technically impossible too. It would mean hundreds of explanations would have to be written for a single decision taken by Parliament. Each lawmaker votes in line with his convictions and is held accountable for his vote only before voters, not before the DNA, the Public Ministry or the Justice Ministry,” Calin Popescu Tariceanu added.
The Senate Speaker also stated that Parliamentary immunity is not a Romanian invention and is not specific to Romania, but to all EU member states. “Immunity sets lawmakers apart from regular citizens all over Europe, and in Romania it concerns only political statements,” Tariceanu said.