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January 30, 2023

PM Citu: Specialists’ recommendation says PNL congress can take place

Prime Minister Florin Citu on Thursday said that the PNL (National Liberal Party, ed. n.) Congress can be held on Saturday under sanitary safety conditions, as the specialists recommend, and, as a result, he will “ignore” the political statements of some former prefects.

The former prefect of Bucharest, Alin Stoica claimed that the PNL Congress cannot be organized with 5,000 participants given that the infection rate with SARS-CoV-2 exceeds 3 per thousand inhabitants in Bucharest.

“The political statements from those who were prefects, I ignore them. Politicians make all sorts of statements. The specialists, we have a recommendation from the specialists, and they say that if all the norms are respected… We have 15,000 square meters there, which means that each person, if 5,000 delegates come, we respect the three meters recommended for each person. They will also be certified with green certificate and with testing centers, all safety conditions will be respected so that this Congress can be held under safety conditions. It is not an event that happens every day, it is something that happens every four years, so it can be done, but with the observance of all conditions,” he said.

The prime minister had an online intervention on Thursday at the debate “Capping versus compensation. The saving solution for the topic of the moment: energy and natural gas bills”.


PSD urges the authorities to harshly sanction the “illegal” organization of the PNL Congress


The Social Democratic Party (PSD) asked on Thursday all the authorities responsible for verifying and sanctioning the violation of the restrictions imposed to fight the pandemic to apply “firmly” the law on the manner the National Liberal Party (PNL) Congress will be organized.

“PSD summons all the authorities responsible for verifying and sanctioning the violation of the restrictions imposed to fight the pandemic to firmly apply the law on how the PNL Congress will be organized. This event is an eminently political one, and those who try to present it as a cultural show defy the common sense and intelligence of the Romanian citizens who were responsible and respected the restrictions. Given the alarming increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the organization of a political congress, with the physical presence of 5,000 people in a closed space, constitutes a very serious crime that damages the fight against diseases and directly threatens public health,” shows a press release sent to AGERPRES by PSD.

According to the quoted source, the legal sanctions must be applied “firmly”, and the heads of the competent institutions that will tolerate such serious violations “will themselves become accomplices” and will have to answer to the law.

“At the same time, the competent state bodies must urgently launch an investigation into how the members of the Government, led by Prime Minister Citu, successively amended the relevant regulations, in order to ensure an apparent legality of the event. There is no epidemiological justification for the Government’s decision to change the legal framework so that cultural events in closed spaces, at 50% of capacity, can be organized at a higher incidence than the one imposed before the onset of wave 4 of the pandemic,” the social democrats also say.


Compiled from Agerpres

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