Former Co-President of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Vasile Blaga stated on Wednesday evening, at the end of a meeting with former PDL members – including Cluj Mayor Emil Boc and Suceava County Council Chairman Gheorghe Flutur – at the headquarters of PNL, that the meeting took place because he cares about what happens to the party, expressing his desire for PNL to win the presidential elections of 2019 by supporting President Klaus Iohannis’s bid for a second term in office. At the same time, Blaga said there are many things to correct, which will be transmitted to the party’s leadership bodies.
After the meeting, Vasile Blaga gave statements outside PNL’s headquarters, accompanied by the former leaders of the Democrat Liberal Party (PDL), including Cluj Mayor Emil Boc, Alba Iulia Mayor Mircea Hava, Suceava County Council Chairman Gheorghe Flutur, and House lawmaker Lucian Bode.
Blaga said the meeting did not have an agenda, being a meeting “between old colleagues, friends” interested in the PNL and in what the party will do in the presidential elections of 2019, stating that he wants the Liberals to win those elections.
“I see that our meeting was extremely wanted by the colleagues and I see the interest was great, including on your part (the press – editor’s note). We wanted, as I said from the beginning, to have a meeting without an agenda, between old colleagues, between friends, because together we waged very many battles and most of those who were not on holiday came to this meeting. We are interested in the party, this is what we’ve all said, we are interested in its evolution, we are interested in everything it will do in the 2019 elections year. Firstly, winning the presidential elections. Of course, the parliamentary elections will matter too, but first the presidential elections because you see how the PSD is behaving today – like a party-state. What would it do if it had the presidentials [sic] too? We all have this obligation to support the President for him to win the second term. All colleagues agreed and agree with these things,” Vasile Blaga said.
He said there are many things to correct in the PNL, which will be transmitted to the party’s leadership bodies.
“There are many things to correct, the colleagues will transmit them to the party’s formal bodies, to the Executive Bureau, the National Standing Bureau, so that they would be corrected, because, just like in any family, things can be improved,” Vasile Blaga stated.
Asked what the problems he is talking about are, the former PDL leader said: “I’ve been in this courtyard for some 28 years. I didn’t score points before the press by offering leaks or inside information. What I had to say I said it inside, and the colleagues will discuss it within the Political Bureau and the Executive Bureau.”
At the same time, Blaga said he no longer wants to be PNL President ever again, after he retired from the leadership positions he was holding when the criminal dossier was opened against him, but claimed he continues to help the party.
“I no longer want to be PNL President ever again. I helped with everything in my power, just like I’ve done until now. I took a step back a year and a half ago because I considered that’s the right thing for a politician to do. You never heard me throw arrows left and right. I thanked the colleagues who were by my side with their hearts and that’s all. (…) I don’t need any party office to have any place that my colleagues want. Since my colleagues, because I asked them, came in such high numbers, it means I don’t need party offices for us to mutually advise each other,” he explained.
Vasile Blaga said he has not yet expressed the intention to run in the European Parliament elections, and for the time being his colleagues must establish the selection criteria.
Ludovic Orban was at the PNL headquarters during the former PDL members’ meeting but did not take part in it.
“It was simply a discussion between us. Mr Orban was [there], he talked to us. He is the party president. (…) It’s not strange at all (that Orban did not take part in the meeting – editor’s note). Everyone meets whomever they want, whenever they want. Had he entered, neither my colleagues nor I would have had something against it, but, as it was, we discussed between us,” the former PNL leader said when asked about Orban’s absence.
Blaga claimed he is not at odds with the PNL President, that they meet daily, and on Wednesday they actually met three times.
Orban on former PDL leaders’ meeting at party’s HQ: I was informed, I agreed. It doesn’t show in any way that there might be problems within the PNL
Referring to the former PDL leaders’ meeting at the party’s headquarters, PNL President Ludovic Orban stated on Wednesday that he was informed about it and agreed, the meeting being “welcome.” Orban said he even dropped by to say hello to his colleagues but did not insist on taking part in it. “It doesn’t show in any way that there might be problems within the PNL,” Orban pointed out, showing openness to dialogue.
On Wednesday, Ludovic Orban was asked for his comments on the meeting held by the former leaders of PDL, at PNL’s headquarters, and said that any discussion among colleagues is welcome.
“I greeted all my party colleagues, I talked with my party colleagues. Apart from that, this being a discussion generated by my party colleague Blaga, it’s a discussion that any party member has the right to have. The National Liberal Party’s headquarters are open to any discussions, debates, among PNL members,” Orban said.
When told that former PNL Co-President Vasile Blaga complained of communication problems within the party, Orban said he is open to dialogue.
“I’m open to dialogue with all PNL members, irrespective of where they are coming from, what positions they hold, as long as they have something to communicate, something within the party, as long as they have beneficial ideas, they get involved in the party’s activity and in the attainment of the objectives. I’m a man open to dialogue and communication. Likewise, I’m open to improving communication within and without the party,” Orban added.
He pointed out that he was informed about the meeting.
“I was informed, I agreed, and any discussion that takes place between colleagues at the PNL headquarters is welcome,” the PNL leader added.
He said that Vasile Blaga “felt the need to hold this discussion that doesn’t represent anything bad, doesn’t show in any way that there might be problems within the PNL.”
“I’m confident that determination, militantism, organisation would improve through the involvement of all my colleagues,” Ludovic Orban said, adding that “PNL is a coherent, united party in which the decisions are taken within statutory bodies.”