Romania: First consultations with PNL, PSD and USR completed

Romania: First consultations with PNL, PSD and USR completed

President Iohannis’ consultations with the PNL, PSD and USR have been completed, while negotiations with the other parties started at 16.00.

In his statements, Florin Cîțu ruled out the possibility of supporting Dacian Cioloș for Prime Minister, on the grounds that the USR voted in favour of the motion of censure. The PNL is a responsible party, he said.

“When we have a majority, we will announce the name” we are proposing for prime minister. “We will continue negotiations,” Cîțu added, without specifying with whom the Liberals are negotiating.

In statements after the consultations with Klaus Iohannis, Marcel Ciolacu of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) said that both President Iohannis and the Liberals are responsible for the crisis the country is going through, a triple crisis, he said, social, economic and a very serious health crisis.

Under these circumstances, he stressed, without a “significant” majority in Parliament, there can be no talk of a minority government.” The PSD does not believe, he said, that “it will be possible to find a majority for a stable government” but for early elections, he added.

At the same time, he assured the president that Romanians would not be left to their fate: “Everything that a dismissed government cannot do will be done by the Romanian Parliament.” And the PSD, as the largest political party in Parliament, “will work 24 hours a day” in this direction, he stressed.

And he expressed hope that the law providing for a cap on energy and gas prices will go to ratification next week at the latest. At the same time, he said that Parliament would approve all the solutions proposed by the government to overcome the health and economic crisis.

The PSD is not shying away from governing, he said, but it would only take over if the Social Democrats had a solid majority.

The PSD president explained that a new PSD-AUR and USR alliance was not formed after the motion of censure. “We submitted a motion of censure, we did not create a new political majority. We did not come up with a new political programme,” Marcel Ciolacu said, responding to Florin Cîțu’s statements on the matter.

Marcel Ciolacu showed his reproachful intentions even before the talks, saying: “We go to the consultations in Cotroceni out of respect for the presidential institution” and not for those who brought us here.

The USR is the only party that came ‘all ready’. It had a name of a Prime Ministerial candidate and a package of measures that will form the basis of the government programme: 32% cut in energy prices; a reduction in VAT on energy and gas from 19% to 5% for six months for domestic consumers; concrete measures to prevent the spread of COVID; dismantling of SIIJ by the end of October and passage of the Justice Bill by the end of 2022; reform of state-owned enterprises; modernisation of legislation by the end of 2022; reform of special pensions by the end of 2022; and the reform of the special pension scheme by the end of 2022. α.

In a statement, Dacian Ciolos said that the President was informed that the USR has a serious proposal for the Prime Minister’s office as well as a governance programme. Klaus Iohannis, confirmed that the previous parties did not propose a Prime Minister and that he would seriously consider our proposal, he said. He added that the President told them that he was “unpleasantly surprised to find that there were no talks between the parties”.

Consultations with the AUR will begin at 4 p.m. George Simion said that the AUR has to propose “an independent prime minister who respects the interests of the Romanian nation and who will make the transition to early elections”. We want to get there. (…) We have had talks with the other political parties, he added, there is no majority in Parliament. But AUR wants to contribute to stability and concrete solutions. We want an independent Prime Minister, like Călin Georgescu, we expect the other parties to come up with names we agree with. A solution and a profile of an independent Prime Minister, beyond any doubt, he stressed.

He added, “We point out to President Iohannis that this delay cannot be prolonged. (…) Today, Klaus Iohannis must give the mandate (…) If he goes ahead with the name we hear in the corridors, if he puts in a straw man that Parliament will reject, to then come and propose Florin Cîțu as Prime Minister (…) we do not accept this! At that moment the AUR will initiate the procedures for the suspension of the President. We have lost a week for nothing anyway! From Tuesday, when we sent Florin Cîțu home, until Monday, what were we waiting for? For the President to play golf? Go to Sibiu and come back? We don’t understand why the country lost a week! Any retreat will be interpreted by us, and I am sure not only by us, as an attempt to keep Florin Cîțu in the Prime Minister’s palace Palatul Victoria,” George Simion added./ibna