Speaker of the Senate Calin Popescu-Tariceanu has requested publicly, on Thursday, that the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) declassify all documents relating to Hexi Pharma as they are of public interest, and that this matter could be resolved in the Friday meeting of the Supreme Council for National Defence.
“I publicly ask, together with the Romanian Academic Society, the SRI to declassify quickly, and this can be done in tomorrow’s CSAT meeting, all documents regarding Hexi Pharma. Regarding disinfectants, all documents, all information can be declassified. I understand that they are national interest secrets, matters that pertain, in espionage terms, to national security, to enemies, opponents, but these matters are also related to our day-to-day lives, they have no reason to be kept secret,” said Tariceanu, in Craiova, during a press conference.
The Senate Speaker also stated that, after the Friday session of the CSAT, he would not want to see a release of the President or a position taken by him to say that “everything is going great,” because if “the [intelligence] services are perfect, they have done their job, the Government has done its job, then we will ask ourselves (…) what is the reason for the situation that we all criticize and are concerned of?”
Tariceanu said he was disappointed by the attitude that the President had in the Hexi Pharma scandal and the fact that the Government had no reaction.
“In the end, with all the [intelligence] services that we have, the press was the most adequate to reveal the catastrophe in this domain and expose all the information. After that, we noticed the way in which the SRI control commission took over with no analysis the SRI release and gave us a communique in which what they said didn’t coincide with reality. They said that there were hundreds of briefings send and, at the end, you saw how many briefings were sent in reality. So the SRI is not held accountable for this matter,” said Tariceanu, mentioning that he does not want “to look for a scapegoat.”
The Senate Speaker added that losing the population’s trust in the public health care system is a very grave matter because “diminishing trust in state institutions paves the way for authoritarian regimes and for dictatorships and in this matter the authorities that are able to respond are without reaction.”
Supreme Council for National Defence meeting; health system situation on the agenda
A Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) meeting chaired by President Klaus Iohannis will take place on Friday, with its agenda including the current situation in Romania’s public healthcare system.
According to a Presidential Administration press statement, the CSAT meeting will tackle the activity of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) in 2015 and its main goals for 2016 as well as the current situation of the public healthcare system – the hospital-acquired infections as a vulnerability of the healthcare sector with an impact on national security.
The CSAT agenda will also include: Romania’s military strategy; a programme for the transformation, development and endowment of the Romanian Army by 2026 and afterwards; the latest developments in the objectives and priorities of the Ministry of National Defence (MApN) as set by the country’s defence planning Directive, in 2015; armed forces Romania could deploy to missions and operations abroad in 2017; Romania’s mandate to the July NATO Summit in Warsaw; the latest developments in and prospects for units 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant.
Other topics of interest for the national security will also be approached at the meeting, according to the Presidential Administration.
The CSAT meeting is to start at 11:00 a.m