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January 23, 2021

Negotiations between PNL, USR-PLUS and UDMR in order to form a parliamentary majority to start on Saturday. Orban: There will be agreement between parties that will form governing coalition

The chairman of Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), Kelemen Hunor, announces that he had on Thursday morning an “informal discussion” with the leaders of National Liberal Party (PNL) and Save Romania Union (USR), Ludovic Orban and Dan Barna, and with the executive chair of the Party of Liberty, Union and Solidarity (PLUS), Dragos Tudorache, which took place in the presence of President Klaus Iohannis.

“This morning, in the presence of the president of the state, we had an informal discussion with the leaders of PNL and USR, Ludovic Orban and Dan Barna, respectively with the executive chair of PLUS, Dragos Tudorache. The conclusion of the meeting is that on Saturday we will start the official discussions among the three parties- PNL – USR-PLUS and UDMR – in order to form a parliamentary majority and a common government,” Kelemen Hunor (photo) wrote on Facebook.


Dragos Tudorache: It’s very important to discuss governing programme


PLUS (Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity) executive chair Dragos Tudorache, MEP, who attended on Thursday the informal meeting at the Cotroceni Palace, said that negotiations for the governing programme and the building of the future Executive would begin on Saturday.

“This is an issue that we, the leaders of the three parties – the alliance [namely USR-PLUS – Save Romania Union – editor’s note], the PNL [National Liberal Party[ and the UDMR [Democratic Union of Hungarians of Romania] – have decided to start negotiations as soon as possible in order to reach, we hope, an agreement on the governing programme and the future government. (…) This was the only message of the President if we really intend to form such a coalition, to move very quickly, because – and, of course, this is also our opinion – it’s very much necessary to clarify all these things very fast, obviously. And we set a timetable so that we are sure we will be moving as fast as possible, and on Saturday morning we will all come prepared for this negotiations so that we can reach a result as soon as possible,” Tudorache told AGERPRES.

He mentioned that the negotiating mandate of USR PLUS is unchanged so that the alliance still proposes Dacian Ciolos for the position of Prime Minister and attaches special importance to the discussions on the governing programme. Tudorache also specified that the discussion in Cotroceni did not concern the way of allocating the portfolios.

“After the negotiations start, it is very important – we said this from the very beginning – the discussion on the government programme and we all agreed that this is the case. From Saturday onwards, the talks will begin and we will see how quickly we can reach solutions,” the MEP mentioned.


USR’s Barna: We are determined to debate as long as needed for a reformist mandate in the gov’t’s programme


The USR PLUS (Save Romania Union – Liberty, Unity, Solidarity Party) alliance wants negotiations on the building of the governing coalition to be completed as soon as possible, but the debate should still last as longs as it takes for a reformist mandate to be significantly reflected in the government’s programme and structure, co-chair Dan Barna said on Thursday.

“Discussions on the building of the governing coalition have begun. This morning I have participated with my colleague Dragos Tudorache in a first discussion with the chairs of PNL (National Liberal Party) and UDMR (Democratic Union of Hungarians of Romania), Ludovic Orban and Kelemen Hunor. The first part of the meeting was also attended by President Klaus Iohannis. More discussions between the three parties – USR PLUS, PNL and UDMR – are scheduled for Saturday, which will start from the priorities of the governing programme of the future cabinet and will continue with the structure of the government and the structure of the parliamentary majority,” Barna wrote on Facebook.

He specified that, during Thursday’s meeting, no positions or nominations of ministers were discussed, while they only addressed possible alternatives of the calendar for the completion of the process that starts on Saturday.

“We discussed the need to respect the Sunday’s vote, each party’s score, and the principles of fair and just cooperation. We want these discussions to end as soon as possible in an agreement and after the inauguration of the new Parliament we should have a new Government. At the same time, we are determined to debate for as long as it takes to get sure that the reformist mandate given by USR PLUS voters will be significantly reflected in the programme and structure of the future Government and Parliament,” Dan Barna said.


Orban: There will be agreement between parties that will form governing coalition; negotiations – on several levels


Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Ludovic Orban said on Thursday that there will be an agreement between the parties that will form the governing coalition, noting that the negotiations due to begin on Saturday will take place on several levels being aimed at the Executive’s programme and structure and the parliamentary level.

The leaders of PNL, Save Romania Union – Liberty, Unity, Solidarity Party (USR PLUS) and the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) have met on Thursday morning, in the presence of President Klaus Iohannis, to discuss the formation of a governing coalition.

“It was practically the beginning of the discussions. I think our partners also communicated. So, we decided to form a coalition together that would generate a center-right parliamentary majority for the formation of a Government. Romania needs the investiture of a Government as soon as possible that will solve all the serious problems facing Romania, from the pandemic to the preparation of the absorption of European funds that will benefit Romania and the great reforms of the public systems,” said Orban, at the PNL headquarters.

According to him, negotiations will be carried out on several levels. “There will be an agreement to show the existence of a parliamentary majority. We have decided that the negotiations will start on Saturday morning. We will negotiate along several levels. The governing programme – there will be a team that will negotiate the programme, the political team that will negotiate the political issues, the structure of the Government, the positions and that will surely validate the governing programme. There will also be a negotiation at the parliamentary level on the parliamentary committees, representation in the political bureaus and a common strategy for the manifestation of this parliamentary majority,” Orban explained.

The PNL leader maintained that so far “there has been no discussion about the distribution of portfolios”.

“We have discussed things related to the general framework, the will to form a center-right majority and the timeline of the negotiations. Of course, in the discussion with the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, and, subsequently, in the discussions we had, we want to complete this negotiation as soon as possible, so as to reach the investiture of the Government in accordance with the parliamentary majority given by the citizens’s will,” added Ludovic Orban.

He specified that he wants the formation of a Government with a small number of ministries. “A Government in which we do not set up ministries for portfolios and which has as few ministries as possible, 16, 17, 18 ministries, so that there really are ministries with serious competencies and, especially, the practical skill to enforce the governing programme. (…) We have not discussed the distribution of portfolios. There certainly is a very objective criterion that we have discussed with our partners and that is (…) the vote given by the citizens, which determines the contribution to the formation of the majority,” affirmed the PNL leader.

Compiled from Agerpres

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