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December 6, 2021

PSD Congress: Viorica Dancila – new executive chair of Social Democratic Party

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila is the new PSD executive chair, the extraordinary Congress of PSD has decided on Saturday.


Marian Neacsu has been elected secretary general of the PSD.


The extraordinary Congress has validated vice-chairs by development regions:


* North-East Region (counties of Bacau, Botosani, Vaslui, Iasi, Neamt, Suceava): Doina Fedorovici (PSD Botosani) and Gabriel Vlase (PSD Bacau)


* South East Region (Braila, Buzau, Constanta, Galati, Vrancea, Tulcea): Mirela Furtuna (PSD Tulcea) and Marian Oprisan (PSD Vrancea)


* South Region (Arges, Calarasi, Dambovita, Giurgiu, Ialomita, Prahova, Teleorman): Carmen Dan – PSD Teleorman (on the seats allocated to women) and Adrian Tutuianu – PSD Dambovita


* The South-West Region (Dolj, Gorj, Mehedinti, Olt, Valcea): Lia Olguţa Vasilescu (PSD Dolj) and Paul Stanescu (PSD Olt)


* West Region (Arad, Caras Severin, Hunedoara, Timis): Natalia Intotero (PSD Hunedoara) and Mihai Fifor (PSD Arad)


* The Northwest Region (Bihor, Bistrita-Nasaud, Cluj, Maramures, Satu Mare, Salaj): Doina Pana (PSD Bistrita-Nasaud) and Gabriel Zetea (PSD Maramures)


* Central Region (Alba, Brasov, Covasna, Harghita, Mures, Sibiu): Roxana Minzatu (PSD Brasov) and Bogdan Trif (PSD Sibiu)


* Bucharest – Ilfov Region: Gabriela Firea (on the places allocated to women) and Robert Negoita – PSD Sector 3 (in the place assigned to men).


There were over 4,000 delegates present at the Congress. Ecaterina Andronescu and Nicolae Banicioiu withdrew from the race for the position of executive chair. Also, Daniel Florea withdrew his candidacy for the position of vice-chair for the Bucharest-Ilfov Region.


Dragnea: Romania’s sovereignty will be protected by explicit laws


Romania’s sovereignty will be protected by explicit laws, debated and voted in Parliament, PSD Chair Liviu Dragnea said on Saturday at the party’s extraordinary Congress, underlining that the attack against one’s own country is an insult to all Romanians.

“Romania is a sovereign state, as it is written in the Constitution, and I would like to never forget [that]. Instead, when politicians, heads of institutions, known people of society knowingly sabotage their country, through anti-Romanian statements, through servile actions, directed against our national and global interests, we lose sovereignty, we lose our independence, we lose our dignity, we lose respect, and we gain nothing in return,” said the Chamber of Deputies’ speaker.

According to him, the defamation of one’s own country through lying is a very serious deed, which exposes Romania to many risks and sanctions, delays and loss of some advantages.

“The attack on one’s own country is an insult to all Romanians and it must cease. Romania’s sovereignty is more precious than any struggle for power, than any tiny local interest and that is why we need to protect it, and we will protect it by explicit laws, debated and voted in Parliament. With respect to the Western states that have contributed and contribute to our modernization (…), I say that the design of our national sovereignty must be done in Romania and not outside the country. We, as nation, will be respected if we do not confuse good relations with servility, and we do not want to do that,” the PSD leader said.


PSD Chair proposes that Bucharest be linked to Sofia, Budapest, Belgrade, Chisinau via motorways


PSD Chair Liviu Dragnea has proposed on Saturday carrying out major infrastructure projects to connect Bucharest, via motorways and high-speed railways, to Sofia, Budapest, Belgrade and Chisinau.

“Apart from the objectives already set out in the Master Plan of Transport, I propose that we finish the discussions that have already begun, namely, to link Bucharest, via motorways and highways, to Sofia, Belgrade, Budapest and Chisinau. And for these projects there is wish, there is also acceptability, and it seems that there may be funding, as well. It takes only courage. Also, Otopeni Airport and Constanta Port must undergo an extensive process of modernization and expansion. Even if a country that has a developed port will get upset, Constanta Port must become the main gateway to Europe, commercially,” Dragnea said at the extraordinary Congress of the PSD.

In the context, he advocated the need for infrastructure investments, adding that Romania needs a “huge infusion of capital to allow us an investment leap in the short term.”


Tariceanu: PSD-ALDE coalition has not had simple days but it is on good track


ALDE Chair Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said on Saturday that since December 2016, the PSD-ALDE coalition has not had simple days but it is on a good track.

“I invite you to remember a moment that was not long time ago, namely the moment of December 2016. I want to remind you of the whole circus made by President Iohannis at the appointment of the premier proposed by the PSD-ALDE and I want to remind you of files that were quickly removed from the drawer by some puppet-prosecutors. (…) I knew from then on that for the PSD-ALDE coalition and for our Government would not follow simple days, and that impression I had at that time has been unfortunately confirmed. We were then and we are now in a very complicated struggle against the parallel state. I tell you these things because we have to judge the moment we are now from this perspective. Every congress is also a moment of reviewing activity, and my message to you is that we are on a good track,” Tariceanu told the extraordinary PSD Congress.

He added that in the year that had passed, the ruling coalition has won several battles and it is closer to the two major objectives it assumed before Romanians: the defense of individual rights and liberties and the consolidation of the economic growth and its transfer to welfare for Romanians.

“We have to continue along this road together, we have to correct the things that are wrong, to transmit to the citizens that we have the conviction and the certainty that we will win for Romania, making right this crooked situation that we have inherited,” said Tariceanu.


PM Dancila: We want to adopt German model in field of public procurement


Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Saturday at the PSD’s extraordinary Congress that the Government wants to adopt the German model in the field of public procurement.

“The first time it was the Snagov Strategy, when all the political class and the whole civil society shook hands for the national interest. Today we have a new vision, a new direction that must be introduced in the public debate so that we can reach national, institutional and political consensus on medium- or long-term development pillars. Romania was in great need for such a vision, the Prime Minister and the Government must consider a clear direction for the country’s development, otherwise we risk becoming prisoners of circumstances and the problems of day to day, not seeing the country’s overall course. I want to present the 100 main measures we will take this year when it is 100 years from the Great Union. I have spoken to many mayors and all of requested altering the law on public procurement and the establishment of public procurement courts. We all know that the current legislation is an obstacle for the central and local administration. I want us to adopt the German model in the field of acquisitions, we will reduce the deadline for resolving the appeals,” the prime minister said.

Among the 100 measures mentioned by Viorica Dancila were the adoption of the law on local public finances, the law on tourism, the law on lobbying and the amendment of the law on royalties.

“I am convinced that we will pass the law to combat domestic violence. Every 30 seconds, in Romania, a woman is the victim of a physical, psychological or sexual abuse. In the past five years, more than 1,000 women have died in Romania because of violence. The draft law on the fight against domestic violence has been submitted by the Government to Parliament for adoption. (…) This year we want the new laws of justice to come into force,” the prime minister also added.

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