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Scandal on the political scene: Does the Prime Minister use the Government’s resources to campaign in the PNL?

Florin Citu on Government document about strategies to support him in the internal campaign in PNL: Those who say it’s real, should bring evidence * Orban:  If the document is real, it is serious and the one who drew it up needs to leave

Prime Minister Florin Citu on Tuesday said that those who claim that the government document with the score on the internal campaign in the PNL (National Liberal Party) is real must present evidence, and added that, if necessary, he will conduct checks.

“My collaborators are overzealous in drawing up a lot of documents during this period. I don’t remember seeing this document. (…) I say that those who say it’s a real document – and I’ve seen that discussions have reached the public space – should come with evidence. (…) There are several documents that exist with proposals, I don’t remember seeing this document,” Citu said before the coalition meeting in Parliament, when asked by journalists about  the document which surfaced in the media regarding the communication scores for his the internal campaign within PNL, which were drawn out by the PM’s Chancellery with the title “Florin Citu, candidate for PNL chairmanship” .

Asked if he thought it was Okay for a state secretary to campaign for him, the prime minister replied: “These things don’t seem right to me, but I don’t know if that happened.”

“I say that whoever says it’s a real document should come up with the evidence to prove it. (…) I didn’t see that document. All documents from the Government, official ones, have a signature, are registered and so on. I haven’t studied this document. I don’t know what it is about. (…) If necessary, I’ll also conduct checks. I didn’t know about this document, it wasn’t brought to me,” Citu said.

He said he had discussions with his state advisers about a lot of things.

“I’m interested in documents that come directly to me, not the ones that come to me through the press,” Citu said.

The Government’s head has been questioned what measures should be taken against the state adviser in question, if this document is proven truthful.

“I don’t tolerate something like that, if it turns out to be true. (…) We’ll see. I don’t tolerate such behavior, but whoever says it’s a real document has to prove it. Mr Orban – Mr President – and Mr. Eugen Teodorovici as well had this document. Mr. Eugen Teodorovici and Orban must come and prove,” the prime minister said, adding that he had seen the document in the press.

The prime minister made it clear that none of his advisers work at the same time at the party and that he drafts his own party messages.

The journalists also asked the prime minister about the difference between him and Liviu Dragnea (Former PSD leader), who employed two people at DGASPC (Social Assistance and Child Protection General Directorate) Teleorman and who were actually working at the party, Dragnea being convicted of this crime.

“I don’t see anything similar here,” Citu pointed out.

The Prime Minister reiterated that such a document was not registered with his Chancellery.

“I didn’t say it didn’t exist. I said that whoever has evidence that it’s a real document and so on, they have to come and present it. (…) I checked, it doesn’t exist. Last time too, when public documents appeared in the public space, I checked. Such a document was not registered with my Chancellery, it was not presented, it was not presented to me, it is not signed,” Florin Citu said.


PNL’s Orban: There is a series of elements that give a certain truthfulness to Government document


The chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Ludovic Orban declared on Tuesday that there is a series of elements which give a certain truthfulness to the document from the Government regarding the team’s campaign strategy which supports Florin Citu at the helm of the party and highlighted that the one who drew up the document has no place in Victoria Palace.

“That is the Prime Minister’s problems. From my point of view, I have given an answer: If the document is real, it is serious and the one who drew it up needs to leave. (…) I glanced at it, I did not read the document thoroughly, but I looked over and there is a series of elements that give certain truthfulness to the document. That is why I said that, if the document is real, the one who drew it up and the one who is handling this, namely an anti-campaign towards PNL and the chairman of PNL, has no place in Victoria Palace. (…) If it is true, I have told you my point of view. It is not normal, it is completely inappropriate, if it is true, it is also illegal for Government employees to work in the internal political campaign (of the PNL, ed. n.),” Orban said in Parliament.

He added that in the said document there is no element that shows it is about supporting the Government’s activity.

Orban specified that the document from the Government regarding the PNL’s internal campaign for Florin Citu was not discussed in the coalition’s reunion.

“All state councilors, all state secretaries, all Government employees, from the Government General Secretariat and Chancellery need to carry out activities to fulfilling work obligations in the public’s interest. All my state councilors used to have attributes in certain areas and each used to have certain objectives that they needed to pursue,” Orban also said, according to Agerpres.


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