Journalist Rares Bogdan stated on Thursday for MEDIAFAX that he will open the PNL list for the EP elections, mentioning that he took this decision in order for the party to become the first party of Romania.
“I decided to run in the top of the list for PNL.I will run in order for PNL to become, for the first time in the post-December history, the first party in Romania. On May 26, PNL has the historical opportunity to be Romania’s first party. I don’t want any position inside the party, I will remain a simple party member of the Bucharest District 1 branch. Positions inside the party must be earned. If the party members will consider I bring a plus for them, they will decide. For the moment, I don’t want a position inside the party”, Rares Bogdan stated.
“I decided to enter the arena. The danger is too big for Romania. I am joining PNL, I am running on the top of the list for the EP elections”, Rares Bogdan stated for G4Media.ro, too.
Rares Bogdan also said he joins PNL as a simple member. “In the next 65 days, I will prove them if I am worthy of their trust for more than a simple party member”.
“However, I will not mix politics with the press. I did everything I could in the civil society and in press, to block the capture of Romania by PSD and ALDE. Now, I will do everything I can to represent the Romanians with honesty and create a common front which is fully anti-PSD. I believe in a unity of the Opposition right after the EP elections”, Rares Bogdan also stated for G4Media.ro.
PNL counts on getting 10 MEP seats, which means a score between 25% and 30% for PNL, the quoted sources mentioned. Even if the former PNL Chairman Crin Antonescu was among the first ones who filed their candidacy for the internal competition for the EP elections, he was not included in the eligible seats.
On Thursday, Liberals met in meetings of the National Executive Bureau (BEX) and National Political Bureau (BPN) to validate the list for the EP elections of May 26.
The voted list includes the following names: Rares Bogdan, Mircea Hava, Siegfried Muresan, Vasile Blaga, Adina Valean, Daniel Buda, Dan Motreanu, Gheorghe Falca, Cristian Busoi, Marian Jean Marinescu, Vlad Nistor, Mihai Turcanu, Violeta Alexandru.
The list was approved with 32 “pros” and one “con”, two invalid votes being also registered. The vote was secret.
PNL’s elections message: “Romania first”
National Liberal Party (PNL) President Ludovic Orban has stated that the Liberals’ message in the European Parliament elections will be “Romania first,” pointing out that Romanians will decide at the ballot box whether they will pass “a no-confidence motion” against the Government.
“We will decide within the Executive Bureau the proposed list of candidates for the European Parliament, a proposal that we will put to the confirmation vote of the Standing Bureau. This is the moment when we are starting a fundamental battle for Romania, which will decide not only who will represent Romania at the European Parliament but also whether Romanian citizens will pass a no-confidence motion against the current Government, against the current plans that mock Romania, and it will decide whether Romanian citizens want to consolidate and deepen the European trajectory, whether they want to put an end to the artificial conflict with the EU, with EU institutions, with important European leaders, conflict triggered by the governmental majority,” Ludovic Orban stated at the start of PNL’s Executive Bureau meeting.
“It is up to each PNL member to get seriously involved in this campaign, to open wide communication with every citizen of Romania, to convey our very clear message that is summed up by the message presented by the author, namely ‘Romania first,’” Orban added.
PNL overtakes PSD in the polls by 3 pp. Orban presents party poll which credits PNL with top position in voting intentions
On Thursday, Ludovic Orban presented to the Liberals a poll conducted by the party, which credits the PNL with 27.9 percent and the PSD with 24.6 percent.
The poll was conducted at the end of February and early March. The figures presented by the Liberal leader show that the PNL scores 27.9 percent, followed by the PSD (24.6 percent), USR-PLUS 2020 Alliance (16 percent), ALDE (11.8 percent), and Pro Romania (6.7 percent).
Likewise, 78 percent of respondents believe that Romania is heading in the wrong direction, while 16.5 percent believe the country is heading in the right direction. PNL’s score has grown by 4 percentage points from December until now.
Likewise, the number of respondents who say they will definitely vote in the European Parliament elections has grown by 7 percentage points, the voter turnout being estimated at 36-40 percent.
In 2014, the European Parliament elections registered a voter turnout of 32.44 percent.
Ludovic Orban told Liberals that PNL’s favourability has risen due to the battle over the state budget and the child benefits, and because the party’s actions have gone viral. On the other hand, PSD’s favourability has dropped by 4 percentage points, while ALDE’s has dropped by 2.5 percentage points, according to the mentioned sources.
The number of respondents who have stated that they will vote has risen by 7 percentage points, according to the figures presented by Orban.
At the same time, journalist Rares Bogdan, whom the PNL has asked to open its EP elections list, enjoys across-the-board confidence among Opposition voters, and has the potential to attract votes from USR-PLUS voters too.
In what concerns the presidential elections, Klaus Iohannis is credited with 40 percent in voting intentions, followed by Gabriela Firea (21 percent), Calin Popescu Tariceanu (18 percent) and Dacian Ciolos (9 percent).
On Thursday, the National Liberal Party adopted its final list of candidates for the European Parliament elections. Television producer Rares Bogdan also took part in the meetings.