M10 Bucharest has decided to withdraw its support for Ciprian Ciucu’s bid for the Bucharest City Hall “because of the negotiations he has with PNL in view of possibly joining PNL, an intention he publicly admitted and informed us about,” M10’s Facebook page reads.
“M10 could have understood Mr. Ciucu being supported by other political parties, as an independent, but cannot agree with negotiations to join PNL,” the announcement adds.
Monica Macovei’s party pointed out that it will continue to collect the signatures needed for the Bucharest’s General Municipal Council.
Several minutes after M10’s announcement, Ciprian Ciucu wrote on his Facebook page that he had talks with PNL’s Catalin Predoiu before Marian Munteanu was nominated.
“The talks took place against the backdrop of the need of right-wing unity in order to win Bucharest, and we agreed to remain in touch. I hereby point out that the talks took place while the M10 leadership was kept informed in real time. I continue to believe that we have to unite in order to win Bucharest,” Ciprian Ciucu wrote on Facebook.
Ciprian Ciucu is President of the National Integrity Council (which supervises the National Integrity Agency) and member of the Board of the Romanian Centre for European Policies (CRPE). He was the independent candidate supported by M10.
According to CRPE, Ciprian Ciucu has rich experience in the non-profit sector, where he worked for known organisations such as the Foundation for the Development of Civil Society and Education 2000+ Centre (Soros Open Network). Ciucu was consultant within several technical assistance projects (World Bank, European Commission, USAID, DfID, Unicef, Matra), and offered consultancy to various agencies and ministries in Romania, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia. In 2007-2013, he was visiting reader at the University of Bucharest. In February 2015, Ciucu was elected head of the National Integrity Council.