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April 23, 2021

President Iohannis starts consultations with political parties represented in Parliament: The fact that some won’t come to talks seems strange to me since this is a dialogue offer

President Iohannis is starting today a new round of consultations with the political parties represented in Parliament to address  the situation in the Judiciary.

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), the Presidential Administration announced.

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

Chairman of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea said last  Friday he will not be going to the  talks with President Klaus Iohannis on the situation in Justice, but said a part delegation will attend.

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 last Friday on his Facebook page.


“The fact that some won’t come to talks seems strange to me”


Iohannis stated on Wednesday said that he found it “really strange” that some parties don’t want to come to the consultations on justice, since this is a dialogue offer.

“The fact that some won’t come to talks with the President of Romania seems really strange to me. I won’t force anyone, however, this is a dialogue offer. Refusing a dialogue offer is at least strange,” said Iohannis in Brussels.



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