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Dragnea: Meeting at Cotroceni was beneficial; I discussed with Tariceanu before, it wasn’t a secret meeting

Social Democratic Party (PSD) President Liviu Dragnea labelled as “a beneficial meeting” the talks he and Premier Viorica Dancila had with President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday, stating that the meeting had been scheduled since the new Government was sworn in. However, he said he disagrees with the President’s approach regarding “lawbreakers,” but that he decided not to intervene in this scandal and to state his point of view only after the situation is clarified, emphasising that he has a very clear opinion.

“I had a discussion with the President after the new Government was sworn in and I believe we talked for ten minutes. I asked the President, because he was set to leave for Brussels, to nevertheless have a position on what is happening in the country, and he did have one at the press conference he then took part in. I really saw he had a fair position. I believe the President doesn’t like Romanian citizens – regardless of the offices they hold – denigrating Romania abroad either,” Liviu Dragnea stated.

He pointed out he agreed with President Iohannis to have a three-way meeting once the Government “settles in,” a meeting that did take place on Thursday evening. He claimed that the talks focused on Romania taking over the EU presidency and on the Centennial.

“Several important topics were discussed last evening. First of all, the timetable for the taking over of the presidency of the Council of the EU. The Prime Minister presented the stage and what is being done; the Centennial was the second important topic. It’s been decided that in mid-March the Government would present Parliament and the Presidency an articulated programme for the Centennial and we discussed the fact that all Romanian institutions must work in common. We discussed the stage of the absorption of EU grants, with the good and the bad,” he continued.

Likewise, the Head of Social Democrats stated that the President mentioned once again that Romania will receive the visits of regional heads of states, members of the Three Seas Initiative, and asked the Government to get involved.

“Likewise, the President asked the Prime Minister for her view on the recent situation. Mrs Dancila said she is preoccupied, concerned about these whole revelations, and that she has asked the Justice Minister to take a decision within reasonable time, regardless of what that decision might be, because we all want the truth to surface, we’re talking about the credibility of the Romanian judicial system. I believe it was a beneficial meeting,” Liviu Dragnea added.

He pointed out that ALDE President Calin Popescu Tariceanu knew about the meeting: “We discussed beforehand, it wasn’t a secret meeting I kept hidden from him.”

Referring to President Klaus Iohannis’s statements about the “lawbreakers,” the PSD President said he never agreed with this approach, but he decided not to intervene in this scandal and he will present his point of view after the situation is clarified.

“I never agreed with this approach, not on the part of the President, not on the part of other persons, but I’ve decided not to intervene on this topic. But, once it ends, one way or another… I want a strictly institutional approach here – the Justice Minister, the CSM and the President; initiative, endorsement and decision… Once it ends I’ll state my opinion, which is very well shaped,” he concluded.

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