European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans stated at the PES Congress in Madrid, on Saturday, that he told Liviu Dragnea that, if the PSD wants to be part of the family of European socialists, they must respect its fundamental values because no compromise can be made and this is “a red line.”
“In recent years, many of our governments in Europe – in Sweden, Romania, Spain, Portugal – have hiked pensions, salaries, have hiked the minimum salary. These are the things we do when we are in power. We did this in Sweden, Romania, Spain, Portugal, Germany and other places. But if we are the party that speaks the most about our own values, if we are the party that criticises others when they infringe upon the rule of law, when they attack the freedom of the press, when they put judges under political control, when they stop the fight against corruption, then we must speak openly if we see such problems in our family, this is our duty, we cannot avoid this discussion,” Frans Timmermans stated.
He pointed out that this is the message he and the leadership of PES conveyed to Liviu Dragnea.
“This is a message that Sergey, Udo and I clearly conveyed to Liviu Dragnea when we met yesterday. We told him yesterday: Liviu, if you want to be part of this family you must respect our fundamental values. And Liviu said they will. We will have talks on this topic in the following weeks. We cannot make any compromise in this domain. This is a red line for our movement, this is a red line for Europe. I have seen that Romania has become a vibrant, open society where the fight against corruption has been successful in recent years, a society in which the press is free, a society in which the judiciary can function independently. These things cannot change. They must not change. I have just been to Hungary. I have seen what happens if backtracking takes place,” Frans Timmermans stated.