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Premier-designate meets UDMR representatives. Kelemen: everything rumoured in the press about Viorica Dancila was not proven. I liked that she answered all questions without looking at Liviu Dragnea

UDMR President Kelemen Hunor stated on Tuesday, after his talks with Premier-designate Viorica Dancila, that he liked the fact that she answered all questions – including technical questions about agriculture – raised by the members of his party, and she did so without looking at PSD President Liviu Dragnea. He pointed out that during his meeting with Dragnea and Dancila there was not talk of the possibility of bringing UDMR into the Government, because there is no need for that.

At the end of the meeting, the leader of UDMR stated that “everything rumoured in the press about Viorica Dancila was not proven.”

“I liked that she answered all questions without looking at Liviu Dragnea. Everything rumoured in the press – that she doesn’t know, this and that – was not proven. She also answered extremely technical issues concerning agriculture and the way she sees the common agricultural policy after 2020, because very many things will change, and she is now deputy chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture. There were several questions about this field and she knew how to answer them, she also had a vision on what Romania should do in the agriculture sector. For instance, to maintain and even hike the level of subsidies for farmers,” UDMR President Kelemen Hunor stated.

He said he did not find Viorica Dancila to be a person who does not know the agriculture sector or who always waits for hints from someone else.

The UDMR leader also said that the possibility of making UDMR part of the Government was not discussed because there is no need for that.

In her turn, Premier-designate Viorica Dancila stated at the end of her meeting with the UDMR representatives that she presented the governance programme and answered all questions but did not talk with them about the possibility of giving Government portfolios to UDMR members.

“I believe UMR wanted to see my approach, the way we’re going to work,” Dancila emphasised.

PSD President Liviu Dragnea said he always supported good relations with ethnic minorities in the country, including with UDMR, and the Centennial is the most important for them to remain as they are.

“I promoted, and I continue to promote good, stable, wise relations with minorities in Romania. This is the year of the Centennial and we can all make efforts not to grow divided. It’s very easy to divide a community, it’s very easy to generate scandal in the country, but what could remain in history is whether we can realise we have a country in which we can all live in peace and tranquillity,” Dragnea said.

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