National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman Ludovic Orban stated on Tuesday that the party he leads will table a new no-confidence motion during the parliamentary session that starts in February.
“Once the parliamentary session starts, we will continue our activity to convince ruling power parliamentarians – the parliamentarians of PSD, ALDE, UDMR – that they will be doing huge harm to Romania if they continue to keep alive this Government that is completely incapable of doing good to Romania,” PNL President Ludovic Orban stated.
The previous no-confidence motion, titled “Enough! Dragnea-Dancila Government, the disgrace of Romania,” was rejected on 14 December 2018. In it, the Opposition criticised the judicial laws and reproached Premier Viorica Dancila with not observing the governance programme undertaken at the start of her term in office.
PNL’ s Orban: Iohannis, highest chance at presidential election, best if other formations support him
National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman Ludovic Orban stated on Tuesday that President Klaus Iohannis is the candidate with the highest chance at the presidential election and it would be best if other political parties that are against the Social Democratic Party (PSD, major at rule, ed.n.) upheld this candidacy.
“Based on our research, he is by far the candidate with the highest chance and we are convinced that Romania’s president, Mr Klaus Iohannis will win the presidential elections. As a matter of fact, we deem vital for Romania that the presidential elections be won by Klaus Iohannis, because this is the only guarantee of the fact that Romania will head in the right direction, will maintain its European path, will fully capitalise on the advantages of the presence at EU level for the Romanian citizens and will be a guarantee for democracy, for a functional market economy and for an upward trend for Romania. (…) It would be best for other political formations that are against PSD to support President Iohannis’s candidacy. Anyway, irrespective of what will happen, as you cannot forbid other parties from having candidates, in a democracy every one gets to decide – we are convinced that the partnership between PNL and President Klaus Iohannis is a successful partnership which will lead to winning the presidential elections and we would be glad if other parties joined in to support President Iohannis,” Orban said in Parliament.
Asked about a possible alliance of the centre-right parties in this electoral year, he mentioned that PNL will walk alone in the elections for the European Parliament and that such an alliance could be possible at government.
“PNL is the most powerful party in the opposition, the latest polls accurately show an upward trend of PNL and PNL’s capacity to win the elections. We are in a permanent partnership and collaboration, we coordinate our actions with our partners at Parliament level in the Opposition, alongside whom we have carried out most actions, from CCR [Constitutional Court of Romania, ed.n.] notifications to motions, to other procedures as regards the elections for the European Parliament – PNL is member in the most powerful formation at European level, namely the Popular European Party – it goes on its own lists,” Orban affirmed.
As for the information released in the public sphere regarding a possible fusion PNL-PMP (People’s Movement Party), he maintained they have nothing to do with the reality. He maintained these information are “completely unreliable” and are not grounded on any truth.
PNL urges Gov’t to finalise draft budget and send it to Parliament by 14 January
PNL urges the Government to finalize the draft budget for this year and submit it in Parliament until 14 January, Liberals’ Chairman Ludovic Orban said on Tuesday.
“The government has grossly violated the law. It has not fulfilled its legal obligation to submit the draft budget in Parliament by 15 November 2018 and has not finalized to date the draft budget so as to forward it for debate to Parliament. PNL’s Executive Bureau urges the Government to promptly finalise the draft budget, adopt it in a government sitting and send it to Parliament for debate by 14 January, at the latest,” Orban said at the end of the PNL Executive Bureau, having convened in Parliament.
He reiterated the request to the Presidents of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and Liviu Dragnea, to convene an extraordinary session for debating and adopting the laws of the state budget and the social security budget, as well as for the debate in urgent procedure of the draft law for the adoption of Emergency Ordinance (OUG) 114, which he claimed “places new tributes on businesses.”
Orban also brought to mind that PNL had notified the Ombudsman about OUG 114, stating that the Liberals will complete the administrative legal proceedings against this institution by the end of the next week.
“We have made the decision in the Executive Bureau to complete by the end of next week the administrative legal proceedings against the Ombudsman to force him to attack this emergency ordinance with the CCR [Constitutional Court of Romania, ed.n.]. We also intend, in the course of this action that we start in administrative litigation, to invoke an objection of unconstitutionality with regard to the Ombudsman Law so as to determine the Constitutional Court to rule on the obligation of the Ombudsman to trigger the previous constitutional control in the case of Government Emergency Ordinances because the only institution that can trigger this previous constitutional control in the case of emergency ordinances in the present constitutional settlement is the Ombudsman, and until now the Ombudsman has systematically refused, even when it was about ordinances with a clear and unconstitutional content, to trigger this control of unconstitutionality,” Orban said.