Secretary General of the European People’s Party (EPP) Antonio López-Istúriz on Friday stated that the list of the National Liberal Party (PNL) to the European Parliament elections represents “a good blend of professionals,” also adding that it’s a very good thing the first spot belongs to “a specialist in communication.”
“I was glad to see the PNL list – it is a good blend of professionals, who worked with me in the European Parliament. I saw the name of Siegfried Muresan, Daniel Buda, Cristian Busoi, who are interesting MEPs, persons I have worked very well within the European Parliament in the past five years, alongside others who are very well seen here, in Romania. I also think that it’s a very good thing the first spot on the list belongs to a specialist in communication. The number one candidate, Rares Bogdan, who will join us tomorrow [Saturday – editor’s note], shows the connection that the PNL wants to make between Brussels and Romania – communication. It’s not important to just do it, but also to say you do it. We need specialists in communication. (…) I believe this is a very good choice. The entire EPP team will be here tomorrow, in Bucharest, alongside our candidate for the EC presidency Manfred Weber,” Antonio Lopez told a press conference he held jointly with the PNL leader, Ludovic Orban, on Friday.
He reaffirmed that, for the European People’s Party, “Romania is the first,” which is why the biggest event of the EPP campaign counting for the European Parliament elections takes place in Bucharest.
“And we also keep our promise – that this must be a campaign connected with the local and regional candidates. We want to bring Brussels closer to the realities at local level, which is why hundreds of politicians from all over Europe will gather in Romania to discuss things people are really interested in,” said Antonio Lopez.
In his turn, Ludovic Orban underscored the importance of the meeting in Bucharest of the EPP.
“The event tomorrow is the most important ever hosted by the PNL – the EPP meeting and of the regional and local leaders of the EPP, with more than 150 mayors, presidents of regions from different countries in the EU being expected to attend. And there will also be more than 3,000 locally elected officials of PNL. We are glad to have the EPP secretary general, Antonio Lopez Isturiz, here, and also the Romanian president and the future President of the European Commission, the EPP candidate Manfred Weber,” said the Liberal leader.
Orban specified that during his meeting with Antonio Lopez they discussed about the cooperation between PNL and EPP during the electoral campaign for the European Parliament elections, respectively “the coordination of messages, preparation of the best answers to challenges and expectations of the citizens in the EU countries.
EPP local, regional leaders to convene in Bucharest on Saturday
A summit meeting of local and regional leaders of the European People’s Party (EPP), including over 150 mayors and regional leaders from Europe, as well as about 3,000 Romanian local officeholders will be held in Bucharest on Saturday, according to the National Liberal Party (PNL).
Attending the summit on an invitation of PNL national chairman Ludovic Orban will be Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis, EPP candidate for the European Commission presidency Manfred Weber, EPP Secretary General Antonio Lopez-Isturiz White, EPP Group leader in the European Committee of the Regions Michael Schneider and the EPP 2019 election campaign manager Dara Murphy.
At the meeting, Manfred Weber will unveil the vision for the future of the European Union and the main guidelines in the EPP programme for the European Commission presidency.
At the same time, an EPP regional and local manifesto for the elections to the European Parliament of May 26 will be unveiled.
The EPP summit comprises two panels of debate on improving the quality of life in local communities: Olgierd Geblewicz (president of Poland’s West Pomerania region), Daniela Cimpean (Chair of the Sibiu County Council), Emil Boc (mayor of the City of Cluj-Napoca), Jelena Drenjanin (representative of the Stockholm region), Yordanka Fandakova (mayor of Sofia), Markku Markkula (president of the Helsinki region), Gheorghe Flutur (Chairman of the Suceava County Council / chairman of the PNL League of Local Officeholders), Ana Lidia Pereira (chair of the EPP youth organization).
The EPP summit will end with a joint news conference to be held by Orban and Weber.
Orban announced on Monday the organisation of this EPP summit. The meeting’s venue is the Romexpo exhibition centre in Bucharest City.