Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, acting national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), said on Thursday that her party will put forth amendments to apolitical pact advocated by President Klaus Iohannis.
“We were expecting this agreement to underscore precisely the talks with the political parties. We believe that when we talk about an agreement there must be a consensus on all the planks in the agreement. We have seen that this is a project and, if we are talking about Europe, then we should be doing in a European manner. We will come up with amendments to this agreement so as to strengthen the European path of Romania. (…) If we are talking about the European path, we must also strengthen Romania’s position as a member state inside the European construction. We need to talk about a two-speed Europe, we need to talk about the double standard – what is allowed in a country, should be allowed in another country, or what is forbidden in a country to be banned in another country, if we have the same obligations, we should also have the same opportunities – the way we seek consensus amongst MEPs, regardless of the political family sending them to Brussels, so that the problems and the reality existing in Romania and what is needed for Romania will be transposed into the European legislation. Since we are talking about a European path, we should also be talking about how Romania will sit at the table of decisions so that, alongside our European path, we may strengthen our position as a member of the European Union, because a strong European Union requires that each member state be strong,” Dancila said at the end of a meeting of the ruling coalition that took place at Parliament Palace.
Dancila: Ruling coalition decides no referendum tied in with other election
The ruling coalition of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and the Alliance of Democrats and Liberals (ALDE) has decided that a referendum should not be tied in with another election, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, interim national chair of PSD, said on Thursday.
“We have decided that we should not tie in a referendum with any kind of election because that way we would be violating the recommendations of the Venice Commission. At the same time, if we consider that for a vote takes about two minutes two cast, three votes, as was the case with the [May 26] referendum, take six minutes, and that was also a reason for the long lines [at the ballot box]. I am convinced that the Electoral Code Commission will find solutions so that the citizens can cast their votes,” Dancila said at Parliament Palace at the end of a PSD-ALDE ruling coalition meeting.
According to the prime minister, also discussed was the transposition into the Constitution of Romania of the objectives of the referendum. “You know very well that we had a consultative referendum, we are now talking about a referendum on the revision of the Constitution. For that, both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies’ specialist committees will take the steps so that we can have a referendum on transposing the two objectives into the Constitution as soon as possible,” said Dancila.