The chairman of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, who is visiting Bucharest on Tuesday, has noticed the efforts made by the Romanian authorities in support of the refugees, adding that the Ukrainian people is fighting for freedom and democracy.
“It’s good to see that all European states have shown that they are open and are ready to receive refugees and help them, offering a home during wartime. It is good to see that we have a common vision, on the European side, regarding the unprovoked aggression from Russia and the sanction package. It is clear what is going on. We are siding with the Ukrainian people. They are fighting for freedom and democracy,” he said, in a press conference, held together with the chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Florin Citu.
Weber also highlighted the authorities in Chisinau for their efforts in managing the refugee crisis.
“Moldova’s contribution in managing the migration crisis represents an extraordinary effort. We respect this greatly. The European Union is fully committed in supporting the authorities in Moldova. We are offering a lot of money – humanitarian aid from refugee funds, and this money is well invested in Moldova. We are proud to have a member of EPP as President of Moldova. Maia Sandu is part of our political family and we are doing all we can to help them stabilize the situation over there. We are also seeing the efforts made by the Romanian Government. So, together, Brussels and Bucharest, we are determined to do all that we can in order to stabilize the situation, in order to help,” the EPP leader said.
Florin Citu, the liberal leader, said that discussions were focused on the situation in Ukraine, but also sanctions against Russia, highlighting that “we are both supporting stronger sanctions against Russia”.
PNL’s Citu: No need for NRRP optimization
An optimization of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) is not necessary, Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Florin Citu declared on Tuesday after a meeting in Bucharest with Chair of the European People’s Party Group Manfred Weber.
“Both I and Manfred have made it very clear that Romania remains committed to carrying out all the reforms laid out in the NRRP and there is no European discussion at this moment about rethinking the NRRP. (…) The implementation of the NRRP means money for Romania and if we do it, then of course that money will cover other expenses and we’ll have a broader pool of resources. Things are very simple, this is free money that Romania receives through the NRRP,” said the Liberal leader.
“We talked about EU investments, but also about the danger of leftists floating populist programs which would jeopardize the economic stability of the EU, and both the EPP and the PNL must they remain strong in the face of these programs,” Citu said.
Manfred Weber also referred to the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism, stating that the European Union is investing in the future and in the post-pandemic recovery process, and that the EPP Group supports Romania’s reform agenda.
“There are two sides of the medal. On the one hand investments, money, European assistance, solidarity from the European taxpayer money, and on the other hand the readiness to do the necessary reforms, and there again I am very happy that our party is on the frontline to defend this reform agenda for a modern, pro-European and competitive Romania,” Weber specified.
Compiled from Agerpres
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