National Liberal Party (PNL) President Ludovic Orban states that the party list for the European Parliament elections will be established around February 15 and there can be no discontent within the party since the list has not been formed. He refused to say whether Crin Antonescu will be on the list. Ludovic Orban stated on Saturday, in Cluj Napoca, where he participated in the North-West regional meeting of the party, gathering representatives of the Liberal branches in Cluj, Bihor, Bistrita-Nasaud, Maramures, Satu Mare and Salaj, that the party list for the European Parliament elections will be formed around February 15.
Orban was reminded that there is discontent regarding this list, PNL Timis President Nicolae Robu asking the party’s leadership to democratise the decision regarding the list of European Parliament candidates, pointing out that there is no secret that the PNL has difficulties in what concerns the list of candidates because it has too many valuable party members. The PNL President says that there should be no discontent since the list has not been formed.
“There can be no discontent since the list hasn’t been decided. I repeat, there can be no discontent regarding this list because this list hasn’t been voted yet within the statutory bodies and is not formed,” Orban said.
Asked whether there are favourite candidates, the PNL leader said: “Mr Daniel Buda will hold a position as good as possible, in recognition of the strength of his office, of the North-West region, and especially as a result of his laborious activity at the level of the European Parliament, with extremely obvious results for any person who wants to see his activity.”
Likewise, Orban stated that, in principle, a balanced representation on the EP elections list will be sought so that each region of the country would be represented.
Ludovic Orban pointed out that the EP elections list will be voted by the party branch presidents on the basis of the mandates received from the party branches, and that the National Political Bureau will be the body that will decide its composition.
When asked whether former party president Crin Antonescu will be included on the list, the PNL President said: “He is one of the candidates, there are 49 candidates; I would rather not comment on any of the candidates.”
In a Facebook posting, PNL Timis President Nicolae Robu states that PNL’s Standing County Bureau is “respectfully” asking the party leadership to democratise the list of candidates for the European Parliament. “It’s not secret for anyone that the PNL has difficulties regarding the list of candidates for the European Parliament. Not because it doesn’t have valuable candidates, on the contrary, because it has too many of them!” Robu added.
“We have enough reason to understand that PSD-ALDE is the main adversary. We collaborate with all those who consider this alliance the enemy of Romania”
Ludovic Orban added that the party he leads is collaborating with anyone who considers that the PSD-ALDE alliance is the enemy of Romania, pointing out that he has had joint initiatives with the USR and that the Liberals have avoided attacking that party, but that the said party sometimes did not reciprocate.
At a press conference in Cluj, Orban was asked whether he will enter an electoral collaboration with the USR and PLUS after the European Parliament elections. The PNL President pointed out that there are joint collaborations and initiatives.
“You’ve seen it, we are collaborating, we have joint initiatives. In what concerns us as National Liberal Party, we avoided generating disputes or attacking them; of course, unfortunately sometimes that did not go the other way around too, but that’s that. We have enough reason to understand that today’s governing alliance – the PSD-ALDE – is the main adversary and this represents the main enemy and we collaborate with all those who consider that PSD-ALDE is the enemy of Romania,” Orban stated.
“We are waiting for UDMR to return to a strategy adequate to EPP political family”
Liberals’ national leader on Saturday also stated in Cluj that he waited for the UDMR (Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania), as member of the European People’s Party (EPP), to return to a strategy that is adequate to the political family it belongs to.
While attending on Saturday in Cluj the North-West regional meeting of the PNL, Ludovic Orban was asked if he was going to participate in the UDMR Congress to take place in Cluj this month.
“What you could see with your own eyes was that, until today, UDMR voted in favour of very many projects initiated by the government and voted against almost all the motions – simple motions, motions of censure – and other amendments backed by the PNL. We are waiting for the UDMR, as member of the EPP, to return to a political strategy that would be more adequate to the political family it belongs to and to no longer support a government that brings a huge damage to Romania,” Orban said.
The PNL leader specified hat “he got no invitation yet” to participate in the UDMR Congress, so that he couldn’t say if he was going or not.
As a tradition, all the leaders of the parliamentary parties are invited to the UDMR Congress.
Liberals adopt Resolution of the PNL organisations in the North-West Cluj-Napoca region
At the end of the meeting held in Cluj Napoca, the Liberals adopted the Resolution of the PNL organisations in the North-West Cluj-Napoca region. According to this document, the PNL organisations in the North-Western region asked the PSD-ALDE government to make it a priority and earmark funds from the budget for building a Regional Emergency Hospital in Cluj, finalize the construction works at the Transylvania Motorway, and to develop a high speed rail connection in the North-Western region. The 10-item list also included projects related to the development of infrastructure.