Chairman of the People’s Movement Party (PMP), Eugen Tomac, stated on Wednesday, after the meeting with the Prime Minister designate, Ludovic Orban, that the decision regarding the vote to support the investiture of the new government will be taken in the political structures of the party, mentioning, however, that he found openness to the problems that he raised during the dialogue with the Liberal leader.
“If on matters that regard the priorities of the PMP we found openness, the vote will be established in the parliamentary group of the PMP. A party is represented by its leaders, but the vote is given by the political structures of the party,” Tomac mentioned.
Asked if during discussions the possibility of PMP joining a coalition with the National Liberal Party (PNL) was explored, Eugen Tomac said no.
“At the moment, we are in the situation in which we presented our objectives and what the PMP’s demands would be in order to support a government, because beyond political ego, beyond political objectives, Romania today needs a government,” Tomac maintained.
Asked how he comments the fact that the chairman of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) said they would not support a government that would include PMP ministers, Tomac mentioned that he did not join the discussions with the request to join governing.
“We did not come with the request to join government, I only said what our objectives are and what we expect from the future cabinet. If we are invited, if this subject exists in the next discussion, we will see, but for us it is important to overcome this moment, to give the country a government,” the PMP chairman stated.
According to Tomac, the meeting with the Prime Minister designate, Ludovic Orban, was “very good”, adding that he found a lot of openness on the topics that are of interest to the PMP.
“I had a very good meeting, we discussed and we reviewed the political situation in the country, I am glad we found a lot of openness from the PM-designate on the issue of topics that are of major interest for the PMP, such as the one regarding the relation with the Republic of Moldova. I am convinced that we will reach here a point of view that would totally express our constant preoccupation towards the subject. We hope the future cabinet will establish this governmental structure necessary for the relation with the Republic of Moldova. (…) We also agreed that, in Parliament, our parties would insist for the law regarding the election of mayors in two rounds be brought back to the agenda in the Chamber’s plenum and voted on,” Tomac also said.
He added that he will have another round of talks with the Prime Minister designate regarding the investiture of the new Government, but after the negotiations that Ludovic Orban will have with the other parties.
Tariceanu: ALDE may back Orban Cabinet, but not unconditionally
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) may back in Parliament the investiture of the Orban Government, but not unconditionally, the party’s leader, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu said on Wednesday, adding that the conditions include maintaining the flat tax, continuing the large infrastructure projects, no emergency ordinances on Justice and no People Movement’s Party (PMP) representatives in the Cabinet.
“Last night we had a meeting with all the ALDE MPs, we had a very long and very useful discussion to outline the position we will take in the discussion with the PNL [the National Liberal Party] delegation. I expect that these days, Ludovic Orban, as prime minister-designate, will come to a discussion, let’s even call it a negotiation, for which we have outlined the conditions we have in order to support the Government. I have stated in principle that, yes, we can support a Government, but not unconditionally. We will have some conditions, some of them I have mentioned in public, no emergency ordinances on Justice, so as to respect, I believe that also goes for PNL, the result of the referendum, even if we voted against it. I think it is normal to respect the result of the referendum. We want to maintain the flat tax, we want to know exactly what are the large infrastructure policies the budget effort of the future Government is to focus on and not only the budget effort, but also that of organizing and monitoring the works and there will probably be others,” said Tariceanu, in the Senate.
Asked about the special section for the magistrates’ investigation, Tariceanu stressed that ALDE will not accept an emergency ordinance on Justice. “With regard to special section for the magistrates’ investigation, I have made it very clear that I do not see why they are causing a disturbance, as long as it works with the same responsibilities as when it was under the control of DNA [the National Anticorruption Directorate], and now when it is under the authority of the CSM [the Superior Council of Magistrates], which is the guarantor of the independence of Justice, I think there are more chances for the department to do its duty and not to go about as was done in the past when over 2,000 magistrates had case files with the DNA, which were of course used to blackmail them.”
He recalled that there is a draft law in Parliament with a number of amendments that also concern this section. “I think that it is very useful to hold a public debate, in which professional associations, the press should participate and, of course, it is for Parliament to decide in the end. (…) As far as ALDE is concerned, if any formula is tried to intervene again with an OUG in Justice, then we cannot grant support for the formation of the Government, so we will not grant the vote,” added Tariceanu.
On the other hand, the ALDE leader stressed that, as long as there are political solutions for the formation of a Government and a majority, he does not see what would be the point of early elections, “other than prolonging the current Government’s agony.”
He reaffirmed that ALDE will not enter the government. “I have discussed with my colleagues, our efforts will rather be oriented towards internal reconstruction and towards emphasizing ALDE’s ideological profile as a liberal party. (…) We support the election of mayors in two rounds. An emergency ordinance can be given, but no very late, because we interfere with the electoral process. We haven’t discuss this, but it is a requirement to move on to the election of mayors in two rounds,” Tariceanu went on to say.
Ciolos: Government with limited powers, without clear majority, not adapted to Romania’s needs
PLUS (Liberty, Unity, Solidarity Party) leader, MEP Dacian Ciolos, considers that a government with limited powers, without a clear majority in Parliament, is not adapted to Romania’s current needs, stressing the need for early elections because Romanians are awaiting measures to be fulfilled, such as the elimination of those that allowed the release of some criminals.
In an interview for private broadcaster Digi24 TV, the former prime minister recalled that in the autumn of 2015, the Executive fell because it resigned, “with people in the street, who no longer trusted politicians and wanted an independent government”.
“The parties withdrew to their quarters, into their shells, initially frightened by this popular reaction in the street and, after a few days, returned to their normal state, prepared for elections and found a very good target in this independent government. Now the situation is a little different, because we are after a period of three years in which, in the same way, people took to the streets following the PSD [the Social Democratic Party] attacks on Justice, but also because of the chaos in the economic field, the economic legislation. Many people wanted this government gone, this majority no longer had popular support and it was very clear in the European Parliament elections. What happened in Parliament now is a natural result of the state of mind in society. (…) People are waiting to see that Romania is changing in the right direction and that the politicians are assuming these changes that are expected by society. Therefore, from my point of view, such a government is not adapted to the needs of Romania at the moment, a government with limited powers, without a clear majority in Parliament. Let’s be serious! How can a majority be formed that would reform Romania with about the same politicians who broke the laws of Justice and did everything they could to subordinate the Justice to politics? How could the same people now come with legislative projects in the opposite direction?,” said Ciolos.
He says that is why the USR PLUS Alliance has insisted on early elections, and if this is not possible immediately, then “there is a need for a government to take on some things, including before Parliament, including some first reforms needed to clean up the space where more substantial reforms must be prepared and give a clear direction to the Romanian economy and society”.
“Parliament, with the same parliamentarians who led Romania in a direction considered wrong by most of the citizens of Romania, this Parliament does not have the legitimacy to support a reform program now. (…) By successively rejecting some proposals for prime minister and government, Parliament can dissolve and then we organize early elections, so that we have a Parliament re-legitimized by vote, that assumes what the population is expecting at the moment. (…) I saw in the press accusations that we do not take responsibility, that we are not ready to enter the government. Just because we want early elections does not mean that we are not ready to enter the government. We are prepared both with ideas and measures to be taken, we are convinced that we can mobilize people to that end. But we are not just interested in splitting money in the territory just because we’ve got nothing else to do. We want to get in the government to take certain measures that are needed, expected and we know we can put them into practice. And this entails a certain framework that will allow this,” explained the former prime minister.
According to him, “PSD is biting now as much as possible from the budget to share it to the mayors, because it feels that it is losing ground and so that it remains in the center of media attention”.
“The PSD is clinging to power because, without being connected to the state resources, this party does not exist, has no vision, has no plan. In their vision, they have to increase pensions and salaries to buy votes and that is all. (…) The budget must be secured. (…) And, if there is no majority in Parliament, I believe that the Government’s assuming responsibility is the only solution to correct the laws of Justice, put Justice back on the path of an independent action, so it can do its job. Then there are other measures I have seen that Mr Orban [prime minister-designate] has also integrated into what he announced would be a draft of the governing program – th election of mayors in two rounds – and this could be assumed by the Government in Parliament if there is no majority. And here I see a deceitful attitude of some parties that criticized others for not having adopted this law and now they are voting against it. (…) We have also proposed the application of the ‘No convicts in public office’ measure, because it would be a reaction signal that could also reform the public administration, but also reform the political class, this measure is also expected by the population. The Law of compensatory appeal should also be corrected in the sense of eliminating the measures that allowed the release of certain offenders,” said Dacian Ciolos.
Dancila: I don’t give credit to a Government without knowing its governing programme
PSD (Social Democratic Party) leader and dismissed PM Viorica Dancila said her party cannot credit a minority Liberal government, when all the Liberals offered so far are “some general notions, some slogans” and not a proper governing programme.
“I cannot credit a government before knowing its governing programme (…). For all that we saw was that they outlined very many measures, that they are sending 400,000 public employees home, for this is, most probably, what they are hiding behind this restructuring they say they intend to make. I haven’t heard anything about increasing pensions and salaries, whether they will observe the pay law or apply the pension law, and I haven’t seen if they decided to keep the same tax for the SMEs or not. For they only came with some general notions so far, with nothing, actually, not with concrete measures, but with mere slogans. We cannot give credit for some slogans,” Dancila told B1TV on Monday evening.
President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday designated PNL leader Ludovic Orban as Prime Minister. Orban stated that as soon as political negotiations are done, the list of ministers will be made public.
The Social Democratic Party decided not to go to Parliament for the investiture vote of the new government, this party leader, Viorica Dancila, stated on Tuesday.
PM-designate Ludovic Orban: Name of ministers to be announced within a week
Prime Minister-designate Ludovic Orban on Tuesday evening stated the names of the ministers will be made public after the last round of negotiations, most probably Tuesday or Wednesday.
“Most ministers will be from the party. (…) We have a timetable for the first round of political negotiations and we also have a timetable for consultations with the civil society regarding the priorities in every field of activity, consultations with the employers’ associations, professional associations, relevant non-governmental organisations, trade unions. The names will be made public after the political negotiations are done and the final round of negotiations will take place on Tuesday or Wednesday, most probably,” Orban told Digi 24 private television broadcaster.
He said they established to have a number of 15 ministries, maximum 16.
When the journalists dropped various possible names of ministers, he said Deputy Ioan Cupsa, who is a jurist, has all the skills he needs to be the Minister of Justice.
“He has all the skills he needs for this office. (…) He may be a candidate, but I won’t give you names right now. As soon as we decide the government formula, we will present it publicly. (…) I cannot give you the names of the persons we take into consideration, because I don’t want to make them uncomfortable by dropping their names now and then come up with different names,” the PM-designate explained.
Also asked whether they are considering someone from the military for the Defence Ministry he said everything is possible.
He also said there are “approximately four options” currently taken into consideration for the Ministry of Finance.
Ludovic Orban also said what will be the things that he wants to negotiate with the parliamentary parties and entities.
“There are several things that we are going to negotiate in the next period, namely: the issue of participation or non-participation, if they are going to participate with ministers or without ministers, if they want a different form of participation in governance, the governing programme, the main elements of the governing programme. We will discuss all the names of persons proposed for the different portfolios. And for this, to the extent in which we establish a certain distribution of the portfolios, each political party will come up with proposals. The idea is to come up with proposals of honest people, without moral problems in their previous political career, with a proper background and experience in the activity field they are going to manage and also people who know very well what it is to be done, and they will need to come up with solution proposals, or at least solutions for this period of time, to be integrated with a broader development vision,” said Orban.