Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea has responded to President Klaus Iohannis, who had complained about the infernal traffic in Bucharest, stating that this problem is older and that one cannot compare Bucharest to Sibiu, which “has a population of only 150,000 people, half the population of a Bucharest district.” “Should I understand he wants us to swap jobs, would he like to take over the City Hall while I take over the Presidency?” Gabriela Firea sarcastically stated.
“I’ve listened to President Klaus Iohannis’s statement. I appreciate the fact that he’s using the bicycle, I hope it’s not just to meet the press at the Arch of Triumph, because both my family and I are using the bicycle. I’d like to add that it’s regrettable the way the President, as former Mayor of Sibiu, is making such statements, as a person that doesn’t know the local public administration from within,” Gabriela Firea stated on Monday evening on RomaniaTV.
Firea added that Bucharest’s traffic problem predates the moment she became mayor, that things are more complex, and one cannot refer to them sarcastically “while riding the bicycle.”
“Through the Sustainable Mobility Plan, we tried to unblock all these problems. One can’t compare Bucharest to Sibiu, which has a population of only 150,000 people, half the population of a Bucharest district. These are complex problems and one can’t refer to them sarcastically, in passing, while riding the bicycle. (…) To use the same tone as the President used, you know there’s a famous show in Romania, called ‘Swapping mothers.’ Should I understand he wants us to swap jobs, the President would like us to switch jobs, would he like to take over the City Hall while I take over the Presidency?” the Bucharest Mayor added.
On Monday evening, President Klaus Iohannis rode his bicycle through Herastrau Park. He stated that Bucharest traffic is infernal, regardless of weather, and “serious measures” are called for.
“Seeing the splendid spring weather, I decided to take a walk. I have noticed that Bucharest is beautiful in the spring, but traffic is infernal, regardless of weather and season. I believe some very, very serious measures to improve both traffic infrastructure and traffic regulations are needed here. Apart from that, I would like to see more people walking, more people on bicycles, but this too will happen in time,” Klaus Iohannis told the journalists who waited for him at the Arch of Triumph.