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September 16, 2021
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Ciolos: For next elections I believe we should dare to jointly make our life and governance like we have so far kept asking others to make them

In a Facebook posting in which he recalls the changes that occurred after the Colectiv nightclub fire and the confirmation of his Government, Ex-Premier Dacian Ciolos writes that we should no longer wait for others to bring about change, his conclusion being that for the next elections “we should dare to jointly make our life and governance like we have so far kept asking others to make them.”

“Two years have passed since the #Colectiv tragedy. I can’t forget the context in which a politically independent Government was installed back then. “Corruption kills,” people shouted in the street, because that is how the summary of decades of unsanctioned theft, with grave consequences, looked like. Corruption that was tolerated and stoked precisely by those who should have promoted morality at the helm of the state. In many cases, precisely the political leaders downplayed the condemnation of corruption, trying to make us accept the idea that backsliding is normal and that stealing from the state is not stealing,” the ex-Premier wrote at the start of his posting.

He also notes the fact that “those who took to the streets in the autumn of 2015 and probably many others – maybe not enough yet? – expected that the year of independent governance would be used to draw the lessons learnt, to resort to internal clarifications within parties, for a reset of the political class and of the way of making politics.”

Ciolos added that this is what he thought too, this being the reason he accepted heading an independent Government with “the hope that, during that governance, politicians would change the selection criteria, the conduct, the rapport with citizens and public funds.”

“However, not only did this not happen, but now some of those politicians who bowed their heads in October 2015 are now trying to convince us that it is an illusion to hope that Romania can be governed differently. Maybe we simply should no longer expect others to bring about change. For the next elections I believe we should dare to JOINTLY make our life and governance like we have so far kept asking others to make them,” Dacian Ciolos cocluded.

 

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