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PSD’s Grindeanu: Government’s measures are chaotic, decision on HORECA is unjustified

The first deputy chair of PSD (Social Democratic Paerty), Sorin Grindeanu, on Wednesday labeled as “chaotic” the Government’s measures, claiming that it is “unjustified” to take, “overnight”, the decision to close the restaurants and cafes, without an analysis of what is happening in the HORECA sector regarding the SARS-CoV-2 infection.

“Things are getting worse and (…) things are not getting worse only in the health area, they are getting worse and worse in the economic field, too. The measures taken by the Government, at least in the past few days, are chaotic measures, taken overnight. They have been taken without a scientific basis and without measuring an economic and social impact to provide stability and security,” Grindeanu told a news conference.

Asked if the closure of restaurants and cafes is justified, he said the decision was made without a point-to-point analysis, and those with businesses in the field are put in an “impossible” situation by the Government.

“I think what is unjustified is taking the decision fast, without, if you will, a point-to-point analysis of what is happening in the HORECA system, which means the effect of closing HORECA. We are still talking, I think, at the level of not tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of jobs and measures taken overnight, taken yesterday and applied tomorrow. Everyone who has a business in this field is put in an impossible situation by this Government. If you look at an x-ray of outbreaks, HORECA is in last place as an outbreak in the pandemic we all live in. So, it seems to me it is a typical PNL decision, made overnight. They are pursuing only one thing: we have to show that we do, that we want to organize elections and we want to organize them as soon as possible, so that Romanians do not realize how badly we govern,” Sorin Grindeanu said, according to Agerpres.

PNL, only interested in holding parliamentary elections as soon as possible

The first deputy chair of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Sorin Grindeanu, stated on Wednesday that the National Liberal Party (PNL) does not seem to be interested in the pandemic, but in the organization of parliamentary elections as soon as possible, mentioning that, in the situation when the health crisis will lead to an explosion of cases, “all political forces must sit around the same table” and make a decision on whether the elections can take place or not.

“The election date is a prerogative of the Government, and not that PSD favours the date of December 6. The day of December 6 was given by Government Decision, not by PSD decision. Today we are on the electoral calendar. I think that today the list for the Diaspora must be given. We have already said the following: if the situation in Romania, given the sanitary pandemic crisis, leads to an explosion [of cases], I believe that all political forces must sit at the table, have a dialogue, take a decision on whether or not the elections can be held on December 6,” Grindeanu told a press conference.

He said that, from the PSD’s perspective, “the decision-making factors right now do not seem to be interested in the pandemic.”

“Today, when we speak, the Government issued a Government decision by which it decided that the election date is December 6, it is not the PSD that gave that decision. The situation of the pandemic has effects on the economic side (…) We, the PSD, have the feeling that from their perspective, the only thing that matters for them is to make elections. It does not matter that we have 3,000 cases, that maybe, God forbid, in a day we will have 4,000. No, there must be elections (…) But, from the PNL’s perspective, those who decide at the moment do not seem to be interested in the pandemic, they are not interested in the worrying situation from one day to the next, but in one thing only: to make elections as soon as possible,” added Grindeanu.

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