The joint session of the Legal Committees, of the Committee for Human Rights and of the Committee for Public Administration has been canceled for the second time on Tuesday morning, due to the fact that the UDMR and the PSD representatives didn’t agree on a proportion of a national minority within the population of a locality from which using the language of that minority in the administration becomes mandatory. The Senate’s Permanent Bureau also decided on Tuesday morning to withdraw the laws negotiated on Monday with UDMR from the agenda, in exchange of supporting the censure motion. The normative acts that had to be voted by the senators included the one establishing the day of 15th of March as the Day of the Hungarians in Romania and two amendments on the Education Law.
The deputies in the three committees waited for almost one hour for the start of the session in which they had to issue the report on the legislative proposal for amending and supplementing the Law no.215/2001 on the local public administration, which provides the decrease of the threshold for using the languages of the minorities in the administration.
“The session of the three committees that was scheduled for today will not take place anymore. The President of the Legal Committee, Eugen Nicolicea”, is the message received by the members of the Legal Committee from the PSD MP Eugen Nicolicea.
“The three requests of the committees have become irrelevant, they weren’t discussed anymore inside the Permanent Bureau. The committees have canceled their requests to work in parallel with the plenum”, stated the Secretary of the Deputies’ Chamber, Ioana Bran, at the end of the Permanent bureau’s meeting.
The joint session of the Legal Committees, of the Committee for Human Rights and of the Committee for Public Administration was also cancelled on Monday evening, after 40 minutes in which the deputies waited for the works to start, in order to issue a report on the legislative proposal for amending and supplementing the Law no.215/2001 on the local public administration, due to the fact that the UDMR and the PSD representatives didn’t agree on a proportion of a national minority within the population of a locality from which using the language of that minority in the administration becomes mandatory. PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated on Monday, after the talks with UDMR, that Social Democrats are not “selling” Transylvania, and related to the today’s adoption by the committees of the law by which the day of 15th of March becomes the Day of Hungarians in Romania, he said that there are also other minorities, like Turkish and Tatar people, that have their days established by the law. The PSD leader admitted that the proportion of the population in a community from which minorities can use their mother language in administration, is subject to negotiations with UDRM. Dragnea said that Social Democrats have “a comfortable majority” even without the votes of the UDMR parliamentarians, in order to vote for the censure motion against Grindeanu Government.
Tanczos Barna: I would be surprised if UDMR will support the censure motion, things have radically changed
The UDMR Senator Tanczos Barna stated on Tuesday that the party he represents will most likely not vote for the censure motion submitted by PSD and ALDE against PM Sorin Grindeanu, arguing that Social Democrats haven’t kept their promises since Monday, to vote for a number of laws which Hungarians are interested in.
“We will have to make a decision, things are changed compared to the yesterday’s agreement. Today, PSD proposed in the Permanent Bureaus to withdraw from the agenda the draft laws on which we agreed yesterday, and which passed the specialized committees. At 12.30 we will have a meeting of the UDMR groups in the Deputies’ Chamber and in the Senate, and we’ll make a decision about tomorrow. The options are few, things have been radically changed” Tanczos Barna stated.
Being asked if there is any possibility for Hungarians to vote the censure motion, given that PSD has breached its promises, the UDMR Senator said it’s hard to believe this.
“I would be surprised. I believe it’s pointless, given that we have no political agreement, it will strictly remain an internal problem of PSD, which they have to manage b themselves (…) They don’t appreciate that there’s necessary anymore to approve those laws. From this moment, we also have to reconsider our position towards the censure motion” Barna added.
As for the possible negotiations with PM Sorin Grindeanu, Tanczos Barna said that the head of the Government doesn’t have a political force to support him. “There are a few political parties that don’t support him, but they also don’t vote for the censure motion. On the other side, the problem is much too complicated”, he said.
The UDMR Senator also replied to those who have criticized the Alliance, accusing it of blackmail against PSD.
“The word blackmail has totally different connotations in politics. A small party, with 6-7% in Parliament, will definitely have to find other 40-50%, if it wants to pass certain draft laws. These things have been made in the last 27 years by political negotiations, some people call them blackmail, I call them political negotiations and agreements. I believe this is the parliamentary democratic option to solve the problems of the Hungarian minority in Romania. This is the way we followed until today and we will continue to follow from now on” the Hungarian senator explained.
Kelemen Hunor: We do not participate in the voting on the censure motion
The UDMR President, Kelemen Hunor, announced on Tuesday that the representatives of the party will not participate in the Wednesday’s session in which the voting on the censure motion against Grindeanu Government will be held. The Democrat Union of Hungarians in Romania convened at 11.30 in a meeting to reassess the protocol with PSD, following the withdrawal of several draft laws related to the Hungarian community from the agenda, and after the cancellation of the committees of the Deputies’ Chamber.
“At the end of the parliamentary session, a reassessment of the protocol between PSD and UDMR will be made” announced Cseke Attila, the leader of the UDMR senators’ group.
The decision was taken after several draft laws related to the Hungarian community and to the establishment of the day of 15th of March as “The Day of the Hungarian Community” have been withdrawn by PSD from the agenda of the Senate’s plenum.
Orban’s appeal to Grindeanu: Resign on conscientious grounds, it could prevent adoption of laws Dragnea negotiated with UDMR
PNL President Ludovic Orban is asking Premier Sorin Grindeanu to tender his resignation “on conscientious grounds”, thus possibly preventing the adoption of the legislative acts that PSD President Liviu Dragnea negotiated with UDMR’s leadership.
In a message posted on Facebook on Tuesday morning, PNL’s new president states that PSD is betraying the fundamental interests of Romanians “in order to settle the party’s clan feuds.”
“I’m calling on the one who is clinging to the office of Premier. I’m asking Grindeanu to tender his resignation on conscientious grounds, doing so could prevent the adoption of the legislative acts that Dragnea negotiated with UDMR’s leadership. He’s from Banat and he can understand well what is happening. If he has any trace of responsibility left, if he still cares about the future of his country, I’m asking him to tender his resignation on conscientious grounds, doing so might stop the implementation of the dirty barter that Dragnea did,” Orban points out.
He added that if Sorin Grindeanu does not understand the gravity of the situation in the eleventh hour, he calls on PSD’s MPs – “Don’t contaminate yourselves with the folly of your leaders! Don’t vote against Romanians!”
Basescu: Dragnea and Tariceanu are selling the country’s history for UDMR’s votes. To the bastards from PSD and ALDE – do you think you’ll be able to go to Tebea ever again in your lives? Or to Transylvania?
PMP leader Traian Basescu claims that Liviu Dragnea and Calin Popescu Tariceanu “are selling the country’s history for UDMR’s votes at the no-confidence motion.” “To the bastards from PSD and ALDE – do you think you’ll be able to go to Tebea ever again in your lives? Or to Transylvania?” reads his message for the leaders of the ruling coalition.
“In the place of the tricolour flag, PSD and ALDE are hoisting the Szekely Land flag. Dragnea and Tariceanu are selling the country’s history for UDMR’s votes at the no-confidence motion,” Basescu wrote on Facebook.
He points out that the Senate’s committees have decided that March 15th should be a holiday in Romania.
“The bastards feign forgetting that, on 15 March 1848, the parliament from Pesta [Budapest] adopted, among other things, Hungary’s annexation of Transylvania. It took Iancu mobilizing the motii, other Romanians and Saxons, for Transylvania not to become part of Greater Hungary,” Traian Basescu added.
The PMP leader also wrote that tens of thousands of Romanians from Transylvania were killed by the armies of the Hungarian counts, whole villages were wiped off the face of the Earth, hundreds of thousands of Romanians became refugees.
“And PSD and ALDE want us to make 15 March 1848 a holiday recognized on Romania’s territory, in return for several votes at the no-confidence motion. To the bastards from PSD and ALDE – do you think you’ll be able to go to Tebea ever again in your lives? Or to Transylvania?” the ex-President added.
Basescu points out that nobody prevents the Hungarians in Romania from celebrating March 15th in Budapest.
President Iohannis: I call upon PSD not to introduce ethnic-based criteria in negotiations for autonomy
President Klaus Iohannis appealed on Tuesday evening to the Social Democrats not to introduce ethnic-based autonomy into the negotiating package.
“It is natural for such negotiations to take place, and even if I am in Berlin these days, I have always been informed, and there is no need for the impression that I do not know what is happening in the country. These negotiations are natural, as a rule. Since you brought up the issue of the negotiations, I know that some have begun, that they have come to a close. I take this opportunity to ask the PSD (the main ruling Social Democratic Party, ed. n.) to solve the problem that it has created itself. At the same time, I draw the PSD’s attention not to introduce into the negotiation package issues that are not negotiable. I am thinking, for example, that there should be no negotiation on this occasion regarding any kind of autonomy based on ethnic criteria. There are issues that are not wanted in Romania, there are issues that should not be negotiated under the pressure of a special situation,” the head of the state said in Berlin, at the end of an event dedicated to the anniversary of Romania-Germany relations.
Asked about his preference regarding the outcome of the political crisis in Bucharest, the President said that it should be thus resolved that it ends quickly.
“I want the crisis to be resolved in such a way so as to end quickly, to return to a stability zone and do everything we have to do to drive Romania forward. I have mentioned both today and yesterday and I will continue in the next few days – Romania’s very good economic situation, the fact that we are seen as serious partners, trustworthy and all these things, we must not raise question marks or give the impression that due to disputes within the majority party Romania becomes unstable. So, what I want for Romania is an urgent closure of the crisis and the resumption of normality,” said Iohannis.
According to him, in a parliamentary democracy, as Romania, a majority’s viability is tested by vote. “That’s what we’re going to witness tomorrow (Wednesday, ed. n.),” the head of state added.