Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chairman Liviu Dragnea stated on Wednesday, before the PSD Executive Committee meeting, that he will propose the convening of an extraordinary party congress in March, one that would seek the redefining and re-launch of the governing programme. Dragnea pointed out he will also ask for a vote of reconfirmation as PSD President.
“Within the ExCom I will propose the convening of an extraordinary congress. For some time now, we have been witnessing debates in Romanian society, which is full of turbulences, debates in the field of the judiciary, taxation, education, and PSD must have a well-defined position. I want us to redefine and re-launch the governing programme. I want us to free Romanian society from undemocratic and illegitimate pressures. I want us to commit PSD to the most ambitious development programme in Romania’s history,” the PSD leader said.
Asked whether he will ask for a vote of reconfirmation as party president during the congress, Dragnea said: “Categorically yes.”
“Today we are defining a committee to organise the congress, if need be, and a committee to modify the statute. The main reason I want to hold this congress is that it is the best framework for those who wrote and sent letters to come expand on them,” the PSD Chairman added.
PSD leader on Kovesi’s dismissal: I expect Toader to do what he believes
On Wednesday, Liviu Dragnea was asked whether he expects Justice Minister Tudorel Toader to demand the dismissal of DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi on Thursday. He pointed out he expects him to do what he believes, and his decision to be substantiated “one way or another.”
“I expect he’d do what he believes must be done and he’d be guided by common sense and the experience he has and by what is happening in society and within the judicial system. I believe he is at this moment one of the most justified and informed people in Romania to take a substantiated decision one way or another,” Dragnea said.
Asked whether he believes Laura Codruta Kovesi is still justified to lead the DNA, Dragnea said: “I don’t want to talk about this.”
“Codrin Stefanescu talks a bit much and a bit poorly for the position he has in the party”
On Wednesday, the PSD President also said that PSD Deputy Secretary General Codrin Stefanescu “talks a bit much and a bit poorly” for the position he holds within the party, after Stefanescu said Tudorel Toader should resign unless he dismisses Kovesi.
Asked whether Tudorel Toader should resign if he does not dismiss Laura Codruta Kovesi, as Codrin Stefanescu had said, Liviu Dragnea said: “Codrin Stefanescu talks a bit much and a bit poorly for the position he has in the party.”
On Monday, PSD Deputy Secretary General Codrin Stefanescu had called on Justice Minister Tudorel Toader to react to the “revelations” made by former PSD House lawmaker Vlad Cosma, pointing out that “the system is ill” and measures must be urgently taken.
“I’m nervous about the revelations that our colleague Vlad Cosma made last evening and, clearly, we have to say that the system is very ill, we’re talking about widespread gangrene and measures must be urgently taken at this moment. Penal, administrative measures. This morning I was already expecting a reaction from the Prosecutor General. It didn’t come. I was expecting a reaction from the Justice Minister. It didn’t come. I was expecting the Justice Minister’s Audit Body to do something in this sense. So, I’m calling on Minister Tudorel Toader: Tudorel, do something because we can’t take it anymore, things have reached a paroxysm,” Codrin Stefanescu had said.
Dragnea on DNA Ploiesti: I didn’t understand why criminal probe didn’t start instantly. But, not being a jurist, I probably don’t get it
PSD leader Liviu Dragnea stated on Wednesday, when asked about the situation at DNA Ploiesti, that he does not understand why the criminal probe did not start immediately. “Not being a jurist, I probably don’t get it,” Dragnea said.
Asked whether the situation at DNA Ploiesti will be discussed by PSD’s Executive Committee and whether a decision will be taken in this case, Liviu Dragnea sarcastically said he might offer them prizes.
“What decision should we take? Give prizes to the ones in Ploiesti? Possibly some medals?” Dragnea said on his arrival at the PSD headquarters.
The leader of the Social Democrats added he does not understand why the criminal probe did not immediately start in this case.
“I didn’t understand why a criminal investigation did not start instantly. But, not being a jurist, I probably don’t get it,” Dragnea added.
“Party or coalition has not talked about DNA and DIICOT merger”
Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea stated on Wednesday that there have never been any talks in the party or in the governing coalition about the merger of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) with the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT).
“I don’t understand why this silly topic is brought back – the merger of the DNA with the DIICOT. We have never talked about it in the party or in the coalition and we don’t intend to talk about it. Why should they merge? There’s nothing of the sort,” Dragnea stated before the meeting of the PSD’s National Executive Committee (CExN).
PM Dancila: Justice Minister will return tomorrow. We’ll discuss what appeared in the public space
Before the PSD National Executive Committee (NatExCom) meeting, Premier Viorica Dancila stated that, as a result of the accusations levelled against the DNA, she asked Justice Minister Tudorel Toader to cut short his visit in Japan, and the minister will return to Romania on Thursday and they will hold talks. Dancila added that if President Klaus Iohannis wants to discuss this topic with her she will accept.
“We talked immediately after the information was made public. I told the minister he should come to the country. Tomorrow he will be in the country. We’ll discuss what appeared in the public space,” Premier Viorica Dancila stated.
Asked whether she also talked with President Klaus Iohannis about the revelations made by former House lawmaker Vlad Cosma, Viorica Dancila answered negatively but said she would agree to do so if the President wants.
“I’m yet to talk with the President. If he wants to discuss, of course, I said I want us to have a very good, transparent, inter-institutional cooperation and of course I would agree,” she added.
On Monday, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated for Antena3, referring to the accusations levelled against the DNA, that he is not notifying the Judicial Inspection because that would mean a delay, pointing out that he has the option to present, at any time, the report on the DNA, or to present before Parliament the report on the Public Ministry, in line with the law. He pointed out that the report will contain a measure, but did not reveal it.
PSD’s Dragnea: 27 secretaries of state out of 96 to be replaced
Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea announced on Wednesday that 27 secretaries of state who were proposed by the PSD will be replaced.
“We have competed the assessment of the state secretaries. There are 27 state secretaries, out of 96, who will be replaced. There are 2-3 more cases that will be discussed in the upcoming days,” Dragnea stated at the end the PSD’s National Executive Committee (CExN) meeting.
When asked why these secretaries are being replaced, Dragnea stated: “For several reasons.”
Former PSD MP Vlad Cosma claims that DNA Ploiesti leadership asked him to invent evidence for a case related to Sebastian Ghita and Victor Ponta. DNA rejects the accusation and reveals the transcript of some recordings containing attempts to compromise prosecutors.Head of DNA Ploiesti: I never falsified evidence. It’s Vlad Cosma’s spin, he hopes to get away. Just today I asked the JI to carry out verifications, we won’t give in to pressures