President Klaus Iohannis has initiated consultations with the parliamentary parties on the situation registered within the judicial system. The delegations of the PNL, USR, PMP, UDMR and the group of ethnic minorities were invited at consultations on Thursday.
PSD and ALDE are invited to consultations on Friday, at the Cotroceni Palace, but ALDE have announced they will not take part in the talks. PSD leader Liviu Dragnea has announced he will not take part in the consultations but will send a delegation.
Orban: PNL is with the President, fully supports the success of the referendum on justice
National Liberal Party (PNL) Chairman Ludovic Orban announced on Thursday, after the consultations with President Klaus Iohannis, that PNL is with the President and will fully support the success of the referendum on justice initiated by him.
“The assault of the criminals on the independence of justice must stop, all the damages caused by the PSD-ALDE government on the normal functioning of justice in a democratic society must be corrected. The National Liberal Party is with the Romanian President and will fully support the success of this referendum. Together with the Romanian President, we call on all the Romanians to clearly decide that in Romania, criminals committing corruption deeds will be sentenced and they will not be forgiven under any circumstances, regardless of the parliamentary or governmental majority that will try to do this”, Orban stated.
“We also call on the Romanians to be with the Romanian President and the National Liberal Party to clearly say that issuing emergency ordinances such as Ordinance 13, Ordinance 7, Ordinance 90, Ordinance 92, is no longer allowed, all of them being evil acts whose only purpose was to escape from jail those who committed corruption deeds and who, once they got the power, used the public power to try to get rid of the consequences of the corruption deeds they committed, instead of serving the public interest. We guarantee to the Romanians that the will expressed at this referendum is an obligation for us to transpose this will into the amendment of the Constitution and the legislation, so that we will guarantee that the Romanians’ will be respected and transposed into the Constitution and the Romanian legislation”, he added.
The PNL delegation was formed by Ludovic Orban, Raluca Turcan, Florin Citu, Ioan Cupsa and Dan Valceanu.
USR’s Barna: We have expressed full and unequivocal support for the referendum on the judiciary. We have talked about the “No lawbreakers” bill, and the President has congratulated us
USR leader Dan Barna stated on Thursday, after meeting President Klaus Iohannis, that the USR expressed their full and unequivocal support for the referendum on the judiciary.
The USR supported the need for a popular consultation in the upcoming period and expressed their “full and unequivocal support” for the referendum on the judiciary.
According to the USR leader, another topic discussed consisted of USR’s “No lawbreakers” bill, which has already received a positive report from the Constitutional Court. Dan Barna claimed that the Head of State congratulated the USR for this bill.
Barna pointed out that the discussion also focused on the upcoming period because the President will get involved in the campaign for the referendum.
Dan Barna added that the two questions that will appear on the ballot papers at the May 26 referendum are very close to the topics already transmitted to Parliament.
“We have discussed the questions. He told us that they are very close to the topics included in the letter sent to Parliament. Romania needs the amending of the Constitution. Based on the current constitutional framework, we see we have a presidential institution devoid – by law – of certain prerogatives. If we recall the Kovesi case, the President’s prerogatives were artificially diminished by that [Constitutional] Court decision,” Dan Barna stated on Thursday, at the end of the consultations.
The USR delegation that was present at the Cotroceni Palace consisted of: Dan Barna, Catalin Drula, Stelian Ion, Cristian Ghinea and Vlad Botos.
PMP suggests question on reducing parliamentary seats or removing special pensions be added to ballot paper
The opposition People’s Movement Party (PMP) Chairman, Eugen Tomac, announced on Thursday that during consultations with President Klaus Iohannis, the party delegation suggested to President Klaus Iohannis that there should be a question on the ballot paper for the justice referendum either to reduce the number of MP seats, or to get rid of special pensions, or two-round mayoral races.
“PMP had a good meeting with President Klaus Iohannis. (…) We came up at Cotroceni Palace with three proposals, precisely because we want this referendum to succeed, and we believe that besides the question that President Iohannis will ask about at the referendum on justice, we think we can add another question that involves amending a law immediately after the referendum and not amending the Constitution. You know that a 2009 referendum proposed the abolition of a chamber of Parliament, which would have called for amending the Constitution. That is why we suggested that the President should look into whether or not to add one more question from three themes that we put forth: one is aimed at reducing the number of MP seats to 300, 100 senators and 200 MPs; a second theme regards a question that all Romanians would understand: do they agree with the abolition of special pensions (…) and another theme, which I am sure worries a good part of society, reinstating a two-round voting system when electing the mayors,” Tomac said.
UDMR’s Kelemen: We’ll do everything in our power to mobile electorate for European Parliament elections, referendum
Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) Chairman, Kelemen Hunor on Thursday stated, after consultations at the Cotroceni with the head of the state Klaus Iohannis, that his political party will do everything in its power to mobilize the electorate for both the elections to the European Parliament and the referendum.
“I told Mr President that we have experience with another very similar referendum that was held 10 years ago, and that our experience and conclusions back then are relevant and important, which is why we will try and we will do everything in our power to mobilize the electorate for both the elections to the European Parliament, which we believe are very important, maybe the most important of the past ten years, and the referendum. We will tell people to go and say their opinion in respect to the two topics and the questions that we do not know yet. In respect to the thematic, we believe that the first topic has a predictable result, for I don’t think there are going to be people who will say “no” to this question, namely to the question related to the need of granting amnesty for corruption. Which is why I don’t believe there are going to be any surprises here. In the case of the second question, related to the emergency ordinances, we are more radical than President Iohannis and we believe that we need to eliminate the emergency ordinances institution from our Constitution. We don’t need emergency ordinances in any field,” Kelemen said at the Cotroceni Palace.
He added that the emergency ordinances institution has generated more damage to the society, for it’s not good to let the Government adopt laws by itself, which is why it needs to be eliminated, except for the war and catastrophes situations.
“The simple ordinances adopted during the parliamentary holidays can remain, but I don’t think that we need the rest. Laws can be adopted in 2-3 weeks, if there is political will.
Deputy Pambuccian: Inside the minorities group, the trend is to support the referendum
Deputy Varujan Pambuccian stated on Thursday, at the end of the consultations with President klaus Iohannis, that among the national minorities group, the trend is to support the referendum, but there are exceptions, too.
“We said that there are different standpoints inside the group, namely that there are organisations that endorse the referendum, its theme, there are organisations that haven’t expressed up to now, probably they are to consult within [their structure], there are organisations that don’t support it. But, in general, the trend is a supportive one, as far as I have been able to notice so far. We also discussed matters regarding the organisations which made up our group and I even requested the President a more serious discussion on one of the topics, possibly even a mediation,” he stated.
President Iohannis says all participants embrace referendum idea after first day of consultations
President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday at the end of the first day of consultations with parliamentary parties that all those who participated in the talks embraced the idea of holding a referendum.
“I received this afternoon delegations from the National Liberal Party (PNL), the Save Romania Union (USR), People’s Movement Party (PMP), the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) and a delegation of minority MPs. We evidently talked about the situation in the judiciary. All in attendance today said they are worried about the latest developments in the justice area. I told them directly that, in my opinion, this attack by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) against justice, an assault that has been going on for more than two years, should get a response from the Romanians, and the response is obviously a referendum. All the participants this afternoon embraced the idea of holding a referendum; they all agreed that people should be encouraged to participate in this referendum. I am glad of that,” Iohannis said at Cotroceni Palace.
He mentioned that he sent a letter of consultation to Parliament and is waiting for a reply within the legal deadline.
“I think that Romanians have the right to respond to this PSD assault on justice and believe that whatever the political options of a Romanian who has the right to go to vote, all of them want, all of us want a Romania with independent judiciary, fair justice that is removed from the influence of politics. I also spoke to those who came to Cotroceni about topics that we submitted to Parliament. Everybody agreed that they are current issues in the Romanian judiciary (…) immediately after I receive a reply from Parliament, I will draw up the questions for the referendum,” the president said.