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March 21, 2023

President Iohannis invites parliamentary political parties for consultations on the Judiciary. PSD’s Dragnea: I will certainly not go, but we will send some people from our party. ALDE dismisses invitation, as log as Iohannis refuses to comment on PG Lazar case

The political parties represented in Parliament are invited via a letter by President Klaus Iohannis to hold consultations next Thursday and Friday, to address the situation in the Judiciary, the Presidential Administration informs.

Invited are on Thursday starting with 15:00 hrs the representatives of the National Liberal Party (PNL), followed by the ones with Save Romania Union (USR, opposition) at 16:00 hrs, of the People’s Movement Party (PMP) with 16:45 hrs, the representatives of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) as of 17:30 hrs and the representatives of the Parliamentary Group of National Minorities other than Hungarian with 18:15 hrs.

Friday will be the day for consultations with the major ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD)’s representatives starting with 11:00 hrs, seconded at 12:00 hrs by their coalition partners, namely representatives of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE).

Each delegation can be made up of a maximum of five people.


PSD’s Dragnea, not going to consultations on Justice at Cotroceni, but  delegation from the party will attend


Chairman of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea said on Friday he will not be going to next week’s talks with President Klaus Iohannis on the situation in Justice, but said a delegation from PSD will go.

He added that he would talk with the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, whether a joint PSD-ALDE delegation will go to Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

“I will certainly not go, but we will send some people from our party,” Dragnea said during a visit to Calarasi.

Dragnea reaffirmed that PSD supports the topics proposed by the head of state for the 26 May referendum.

“The topics, I support them totally without any problems. (…) They even seem to me very good topics. I do not recommend anything to anyone. I transmit our supporters the following: we do not agree to cutting the minimum wage, freezing pensions and wages, as PNL and USR intend, freezing the National Local Development Program, and we will continue to support our programs in the governing program so that the Romanians live better. (…) That is what I recommend. It is also related to the fact that we want to be patriots in Europe,” the PSD leader said.


ALDE not to honor invitation to consultations launched by Iohannis as long as he refuses to comment on the presence at the helm of the General Prosecutor’s Office “of a pitiful executioner of the provisions of the communist-Securitate regime”


The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) will not honor the invitation to President Klaus Iohannis’ consultations on the situation in Justice as long as he “refuses to comment” on the presence at the helm of the General Prosecutor’s Office “of a pitiful executioner of the provisions of the communist-Securitate regime,” Senate President and ALDE leader Calin Popescu-Tariceanu wrote on Friday on his Facebook page.

“In general, Mr. Iohannis is not interested in real consultations, but only in their simulation. He does not want genuine dialogue, he just wants to preach on the Cotroceni stairs, he never has doubts and does not want to listen to others,” says Tariceanu.

The ALDE leader also states that General Prosecutor Augustin Lazar must leave office “without delay”.

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