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December 4, 2022

Ciolacu reiterates that PSD will not vote extension of state of alert in last 30 days’ form

The Social Democratic Party (PSD) will not vote for an extension of the state of alert in the last 30 days’ form, announced on Thursday the Acting Chairman of the party, Marcel Ciolacu.

“It is out of the question that the Social Democratic Party will vote for an extension of the state of alert in the last 30 days’ form. More precisely, my colleagues came with some clear proposals to the Romanian Government, namely that they will come with the approval request of the state of alert that should include, first of all, the reopening of hospitals for chronic diseases, the reopening of COVID support hospitals that have not had any patients in the last 30 days, and the continuation of the public procurement procedure without tender or hiring under derogation from the law is to be ruled out. Instead, we are considering the compulsory wear of face masks in enclosed spaces for a limited period of time, respecting the limitation of persons for events and, last but not least, social distancing,” Ciolacu specified at the PSD headquarters.

On Wednesday, the Acting Chairman of PSD, Marcel Ciolacu, declared that he will have a discussion with the Prime Minister Ludovic Orban in order to agree upon a legislative form regarding the prolongation of the alert state, so as to protect both the people and the economy.

“I hope, through dialogue, I will not hide from you that I will definitely have a discussion, but I hope not only by phone, with the Prime Minister and we can agree on a form [legislative – ed.n.] so as to protect the people, but also to protect Romania’s economy. Things have gone too far. There is no clear alternative and a clear economic program from the Government and I think the time has come to answer all these questions,” Ciolacu told private TV broadcaster Digi 24.

He added that he is still determined not to vote for the extension of the state of alert.

“There are certain elements that Mr. Raed Arafat brought to my attention, I have to take them into account, to do so is proof of responsibility, but it does not mean that we will vote for a certain state (…) Maybe we will find another legislative form, it might be possible. Our lawyers are already working on this. We will certainly not leave a legislative vacuum and chaos in Romania,” he said.

Chief emergency management official Raed Arafat had a meeting on Wednesday with Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu on the state of alert that was also attended by leaders of several parliamentary groups, including Save Romania Union (USR) national chairman Dan Barna and Pro Romania leader Victor Ponta.

Political sources say re-opening of hospitals was discussed, given that the chronically ill should be helped to have access to treatment. It was also agreed to stop the direct procurement made by the government, according to the same sources.

It was also agreed that those coming from areas at epidemiological risk should be kept in isolation for 14 days, and also tested at the end of the period – which is not the case at present.

Wearing a face mask in enclosed public spaces and keeping physical distance were agreed to continue.

According to the same sources quoted by Agerpres, the concrete proposal of the government is expected, because such measures can be implemented even without a state of alert.




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