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Tariceanu on presidential elections poll crediting him with lead over Dragnea: I haven’t decided whether to run in the elections or not. Joining eurozone does not automatically bring benefits, economy already largely ‘euroised’

Asked for his comment on the opinion poll ordered by ALDE Cluj, an opinion poll that credits him with a lead over Liviu Dragnea in a potential race for the presidency, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) President Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Thursday that he is yet to take a decision in this sense and that ALDE’s presidential candidate will be decided only after an analysis within the party.

“I haven’t decided whether to run or not. And if I do decide, I won’t make the announcement now and it must be made on the basis of a party analysis. The question that the respondents answered, it can be a potential formula in some people’s view, it doesn’t impress me, it doesn’t bother me. We have a coalition that has worked and is working well, a governing programme, and our preoccupations are centred on fulfilling the governing programme,” ALDE President Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Thursday.

According to an opinion poll ordered by ALDE Dolj and carried out by Avangarde on March 1-19, regarding the voting intentions in view of the presidential elections of 2019, Calin Popescu Tariceanu was credited by 48 percent of the respondents, compared to the 8 percent who credited Liviu Dragnea (from among those who believe PSD and ALDE need a joint presidential candidate).

The respondents were asked whether in their view ALDE and PSD should have a joint presidential candidate next year. The results were as follows: 39 percent – not interested; 25 percent – separate candidates; 22 percent – joint candidate; 12 percent – do not know; 2 percent – no answer. Those who opted for a joint candidate were asked who that candidate should be. The results: Calin Popescu Tariceanu – 48 percent; Liviu Dragnea – 8 percent; Gabriela Firea – 2 percent; Others – 2 percent; I don’t know/ No answer – 40 percent,” Gazeta de Sud writes.

The poll was conducted by phone on a sample of 1,000 persons.


‘Euro Area accession doesn’t automatically bring an advantage. 2024 deadline is feasible’


Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu stated on Thursday that adopting the Euro currency does not necessarily represent an advantage, adding that the 2024 deadline that the PSD announced for the adoption of the Euro is feasible.

Asked whether he discussed within the ruling coalition the timetable that PSD President Liviu Dragnea announced, who said that the National Commission for the Approval of the Substantiation Plan and the Euro Accession Plan by 2024 will be set up, Tariceanu said he did not, adding that he discussed the issue only in principle.

“Of course, a full integration in European structures also entails joining the Euro [Area] but joining the Euro [Area] does not automatically bring an advantage. To a great extent, the Romanian economy is ‘Euro-ised,’ I could say. I don’t know whether this term is correct, but I’ve seen it used often. You’ve seen the prices of so many products expressed solely in euro, as if this was the exchange currency in Romania and it’s not, the exchange currency in Romania is still the leu. The introduction of the European currency brings advantages, but also includes constraints. Hence, the timetable must be very well analysed and of course this can be done based on fulfilling some legal conditions to join the euro currency. When we meet these conditions, we can file an accession request,” Tariceanu claimed.

He added that the 2024 Euro Area accession deadline is feasible.

On Monday, PSD President Liviu Dragnea announced that the National Commission for the Approval of the Substantiation Plan and the Euro Accession Plan by 2024 will be set up, a commission that will bring together representatives of the Romanian Academy, Presidency, Government, civil society and other institutions.


Senate Speaker congratulates PM Dancila for letter to EC: Clarifications are needed, the verification mechanism is an interference


Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu claimed that he congratulated Premier Viorica Dancila for the letter she sent to the European Commission, adding that the overture of the verification mechanism of the CVM is an impermissible interference that affects the independence of the judiciary and that clarifications are needed.

“Last evening, I talked with the Prime Minister too, we met at Tudor Gheorghe’s concert. I congratulated her for the letter she sent to the European Commission President, regarding the black list compiled by Brussels civil servants as part of the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification,” Tariceanu stated at the Palace of Parliament.

Referring to the fact that the tone of Dancila’s letter to the European Commission is milder in English than in Romanian, the Senate Speaker pointed out that the tone is a secondary aspect in this issue.

“This is an extremely serious issue, and I find that… I didn’t know about that letter, until it appeared in the press. (…) There are things that prove that some civil servants from Brussels, as I said in the past too, don’t understand that between the European Commission and Romania there must be a relationship of partnership, and some see it differently, they don’t understand that Romania is an independent and sovereign country and they write such letters and make such overtures and I believe that is why a clarification is absolutely necessary,” Tariceanu pointed out.

He added that there is not a change of tone between Romania and the European Commission following this letter.

“There is a necessary clarification of the way some of the Commission’s civil servants, not the Commission and the Commission President. I’m convinced that he is not making such confusions, but some civil servants there have undertaken a role that is not normal, a kind of daddy, tutor of the Romanian authorities. The mechanism, I remind you, is called cooperation and verification, cooperation first, then verification. As part of the mechanism of verification, this overture, as it was formulated, represents an impermissible interference that affects the independence of the judiciary, because this kind of letters that circulated at the Justice Ministry, that reached the CSM, the High Court of Cassation and Justice, clearly induce pressure on magistrates, pressure that affects the independence of the judiciary and I find this unacceptable. And that is why I believe a clarification is needed, there’s nothing abnormal. The important thing is for such attitudes to no longer be seen in the future,” Tariceanu concluded, referring to the letter that Premier Dancila addressed to European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, asking the European body to state whether the 2012 document that entails interferences in the judiciary is authentic. Premier Dancila stated that Justice Minister Tudorel Toader’s reports show that it was a frequent practice.

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