President Klaus Iohannis and chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Ludovic Orban were among the people awarded on Saturday evening at the “Mircea Ionescu-Quintus” National Liberal Youth (TNL) Award Gala, an event which aimed to recognise and promote the activity of young Liberals around the country.
The “Guarantor of democracy” award was bestowed upon President Iohannis and the “Leader of justice” award to Ludovic Orban.
The Most active branch award was offered to the TNL Galati, the Most active branch in the rural and urban area award was won by the TNL Suceava, the award for the Most important local event was won by TNL Botosani, while the award for the Most important national event was won by TNL Alba.
The Most active youngster of the local administration award was bestowed upon Ciprian Epure, the Most important charity event of 2018 was won by TNL Timisoara, the Most active young Liberal award was bestowed upon Cosmin Sava and the Most active Liberal youngster in the online environment was bestowed upon Alexandru Balov.
The TNL Mures won the Most active branch in the online environment award and the excellence award for the promotion of youngsters was won by TNL Iasi.
Dan Valceanu won the Young Senior award, Costel Alexe won the Born free award, Siegfried Muresan won the TNL Best friend award, Konrad Adenauer Foundation won the TNL Biggest supporter award and the award regarding the training of new political leaders was granted to four political schools.
“We need symbols and models to inspire us,” Chairman of the TNL Mara Mares stated, mentioning that Mircea Ionescu Quintus represents a model of perseverance, endurance and a symbol of love for the country.
She said that the latter’s life, political activity and moral legacy reveals a strong character.
“Although we are young, we are not exactly in the beginning of the road. (…) In a rather short amount of time, step by step, we managed to have successes which other youth organizations cannot be proud of yet. (…) I know that we will do more and we will ask for more. We, the different generation, the new political generation of the PNL, proved that we can vouch for Romania,” Mares stated.
Iohannis: I have started to re-evaluate the idea of a referendum, to give Romanians their vote back. I want a well-organised, well-thought-out referendum
President Klaus Iohannis stated on Saturday, in Sinaia, that he has started to re-evaluate the idea of a referendum, “to give Romanians their vote back,” because only this way can Romanians show that they no longer agree “with the way the PSD is ruining the judicial laws.” He said that the referendum on justice should be “well-organised, well-thought-out” in partnership with the civil society and with political parties “good faith.”
“In order to give the Romanians their vote back, I started to re-assess the idea of a referendum. Because only in this way, the Romanians can show that they no longer agree with the way in which the PSD [the Social Democratic Party] damages the laws of justice, mocks the country, mocks the Romanians. I have already invited a lot of interested Romanians for the beginning of the next week, whom I will carry out consultations with on the referendum topic, because I want a well-organized, well-thought-out referendum in partnership with the civil society, with the political parties of good faith and together with the Romanians and with you,” said the President, who attended the “Mircea Ionescu-Quintus” National Liberal Youth (TNL) Award Gala, which took place in Sinaia.
Iohannis argued that the PSD governance has “failed” after the justice laws have been amended and “the entire system was put in difficulty.”
“I was moved when I found out that you want to confer upon me an award called the Guarantor of Democracy, and obviously I seriously asked myself whether I deserve such an award. Am I a guarantor of democracy in Romania? I am,” Iohannis added at the National Liberal Youth Gala in Sinaia, where the ‘Guarantor of Democracy’ award was conferred upon him.
The problem is called PSD. That’s why we’ve ended up looking for guarantors of democracy, and it’s good to do so
He launched a new attack against the PSD, a party he accuses of jeopardising the foundations of democracy. The Head of State claimed that Social-Democrat leaders put their personal interests above the interests of the party and that the Social Democrats’ government has failed.
“Does Romania need a guarantor of democracy? I believe so. But why does Romania need a guarantor of democracy? We have a constitution, a political class, an independent judiciary, we have very, very many Romanians who are glad we are now living in a democracy, who want this to stay this way, and for us to go forward. We need a demarche to guarantee democracy. (…) We have a constitution that regulates the progress of things in Romania.
“This constitution starts from the premise that those elected to lead the state, the institutions, the parties, are well-intentioned people of good faith who want to get involved in solving Romania’s problems. If that is the case, things are working well. But if it isn’t, then the very foundations of democracy are in danger. If people who put their personal interests above the interests of the party end up at the helm of large parties. What if that party ends up in government and puts the party leader’s personal interest above Romania’s interest?
“If that party and Government start wrecking the foundations of the state, start modifying the judicial laws to whitewash their own dossiers, in that case, we are in the situation in which we find ourselves right now, and the problem is called the PSD. That is why we have ended up looking for guarantors of democracy, and it’s good we are doing so. We guarantee Romania,” Klaus Iohannis stated in Sinaia.
“Romanians must be given back their voice”
“I believe that the thing which needs to be done now is to give the Romanians their voice back. Certainly, the basic rule of democracy is that elections are organised and between elections, the one elected to rule the country should rule it. But that means that the one elected to rule is of good faith, it means that the one elected to rule the country leads the country toward the good of the country and the citizens’, not for his/her own interest. And when we notice that things are not like that, that they are not so, then, the ordinary citizen should receive an instrument by which to express disapproval. That instrument is also a vote,” he added.
Iohannis also voiced disapproval of the previous PSD governments, pointing out that Social-Democrats have been at the head of the country for the greatest number of years after the Revolution.
“The PSD governance and I am not talking about this last government, a government that I labeled as an accident of democracy, we are not talking about this, but about the entire PSD governance! The entire PSD governance has failed. And, my dears, it is not the first one. Over the past 30 years, since the Revolution, the PSD has been in power for many years. Because of the PSD, Romania hasn’t developed more, because of the PSD, Romania hasn’t developed better. Meanwhile, the Romanians realised that it cannot work like that anymore. Now, we have the possibility to show that it doesn’t work anymore. We have elections to the European Parliament.We have, hint the European Parliament elections, a very good team at the PNL [the National Liberal Party]. I have seen this team, I was invited several days ago to a great event organised by the PNL for the European People’s Party. There, I have seen the PNL team, a very strong team,” the President argued.
Ludovic Orban: All that PSD is doing pulls Romania down and creates the prerequisites for Romania to be put in the corner . Winning the EP elections will be a real no-confidence motion against the PSD-ALDE Government
The Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ludovic Orban, stated that all that PSD is doing pulls Romania down and creates the prerequisites for Romania to be put in the corner; he told the young Liberals that PNL’s victory in the EP elections will be a real no-confidence motion against the PSD-ALDE Government.
“We will have to stay alert for two years, first of all, I expect you to be in the first line of the battle against PSD for two years, I expect you to be close to the people, to be involved in all the campaign activities, in the first line. Because there is only one way to win the elections: we must convince Romanians that we are the solution, we must convince Romanians that all the lies they are receiving as a Chinese water, from TV or media channels which is obvious why they support PSD or other political parties according to the pay slips of various commentators, various TV show producers. We must tell the people the truth, because truth is obviously on our side. (…) All that PSD is doing pulls Romania down and creates the prerequisites for Romania to be put in the corner and for the Romanians to suffer only because of the absurdity, bad faith and anti-European behavior of those who rule Romania today”, Orban stated on Saturday in Sinaia, where he received the award called “The Leader of the Wright-Wing” from the Liberal youth.
He said that “the guarantee of taking the maximum advantage from the position held by Romania in the European Union is only given by the National Liberal Party”.
PNL Chairman warned that if this anti-European political direction, this anti-democracy political direction, this political direction against the market economy, against companies, against banks, against everything meaning the key component of the values and principles that underpinned the European Union will continue, Romania will lose a lot.
“Winning the EP elections will be a real no-confidence motion against the PSD-ALDE Government. Let’s tell the Romanians that if they will vote for PNL and if PNL wins the elections, they actually vote for the fall of the Dragnea Government, they vote for the end of this toxic majority that caused the worst government for Romania, when we have the greatest opportunities for Romania’s development. It seems like God has cursed us to have such a Government, the Dancila Government, in the Centenary year, when we celebrated the Centenary, and now, when we are holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, we have representatives like Orlando Teodorovici, Daea and others who don’t even know for what they are there when they attend the meetings of the groups forming the Council of the European Union”, Orban told to the young Liberals.
Orban told to the young Liberals that politics requires sacrifices and in politics you must fight for your convictions, your belief, your values, even when everybody seems to be against you.
“I give you only one example. When USL was formed, I was the only one who voted against forming USL, within the Standing Delegation of the National Liberal Party. In return, 90% of my colleagues agreed with my point of view, when we talked in private. The difference was that I was the only one who had the courage to vote against a proposal of the party’s leadership, since I knew very clearly that this proposal will cause huge problems on a medium and long term, and I tell you something that each Romanian must know. From the moment when I was elected as the Chairman of the National Liberal Party, the USL ghost has disappeared for good from the house of the National Liberal Party, and since I was elected, the National Liberal Party is fighting in a life and death war against those who systematically destroy Romania, the red plague, against Dragnea’s clique and all those who know nothing and all the bastards who rule without having any calling and any kind of love for the Romanian people”, Orban said.
Lia Olguta Vasilescu after Iohannis criticises PSD: He should look in the mirror to see how “a man with 40 criminal dossiers, who obtained houses through court-proven fraud,” looks like
Ex-Labour Minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu has stated, following the criticism that President Klaus Iohannis has levelled against the PSD, that the first law passed by the PSD-ALDE Government concerned the hiking of pensions, salaries, and students’ scholarships, not the judiciary like the Head of State claims. She told him to look in the mirror to see how “a man with 40 criminal dossiers, who obtained houses through court-proven fraud,” looks like.
“Klaus Iohannis says that the first thing the PSD-ALDE Government did was to focus on the judiciary, to get the corrupt scotch free. False! The first government emergency ordinance issued in 2017, after GEO no.1/2017 on the restructuring of ministries, was GEO no.2. It stipulated the hiking of pensions, salaries, students’ scholarships, and free railway transport for students, as well as other social protection measures. We focused on the citizens’ problems from the start of the governance,” Lia Olguta Vasilescu wrote on Facebook.
She responded to the President’s accusations regarding corruption within the PSD by inviting him to look in the mirror.
“In what concerns the corrupt, I recommend Klaus Iohannis to look in the mirror: he will see how a man with 40 criminal dossiers, who obtained houses through court-proven fraud, looks like,” the ex-minister, who is currently adviser to the Premier, stated.