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Ciolacu, letter to Ursula von der Layen about “government’s anti-democratic slippage”



Lucian Alecu

PSD leader Marcel Ciolacu sent a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Layen, “drawing attention to the current government’s undemocratic slippage manifested by the politicization of public funds, European funding and public office in Romania.”

“Social Democratic Party President Marcel Ciolacu sent a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Thursday (March 4th), drawing attention to the current government’s undemocratic slippage through fund politicization. public funding, European funding and public office in Romania “, the Social Democrats announce, according to Mediafax.

According to the quoted source, the need for a public position on the part of European officials is justified by the fact that “Romanian citizens must feel protected by the European Union when abuses are committed and governments violate the democratic principles of the rule of law.”

“Our country is slipping into an undemocratic path, and as the leader of the opposition in Romania I have the responsibility to do everything I can to help Romanians and to defend our European democratic values,” reads the letter sent by President Marcel Ciolacu , who also stressed that PSD is open to constructive discussions about Romania’s future on the European and democratic path.

Ciolacu accuses, in the letter, that in the debate of the budget none of the over 3500 amendments was accepted and that the Government added for the first time in the democratic history of Romania, an annex to the budget, which presents financial amounts “preferentially allocated” to counties and localities led by representatives belonging to the parties that form the majority, despite the fact that the majority of local elected officials belong to the opposition parties.

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“Annex 7.03 legalizes the political bribe in the state budget. The funds are distributed on the basis of a political algorithm corresponding to the political distribution in the coalition. And this can be proved by solid arguments: PNL received 52%, USR 35%, while UDMR 13% and all these data reflect the political distribution in the governing coalition. There are localities led by politicians elected from the governing coalition who receive more funds than counties led by the Social Democrats with a population several times larger. Despite planning a budget with a deficit of over 7% and constantly borrowing money on the international market, the current government has decided to allocate tens of millions of euros without any transparent criteria, but only on the basis of political interests. Unfortunately, they did the same thing at the end of last year from the prime minister’s reserve fund. Without any public reaction from the European Commission, they will continue the politicization of public funds “, it is shown in Marcel Ciolacu’s letter.

At the same time, the PSD leader criticizes the fact that, in the elaboration of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, the Parliament, the business environment, the trade unions, the opposition or the social partners were not involved.

“In the last two days, the current Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice have publicly criticized a final decision taken by a court. An extremely serious interference in the Romanian judicial system. Last but not least, they have begun to publicly attack trade unions, as well as representatives of civil society and the private sector who challenge their policies. The prime minister has publicly threatened union leaders and HoReCa representatives for organizing peaceful strikes against some of the decisions taken without consultation. The list that I present through this letter illustrates, unfortunately, only a small part of the things that are currently happening in Romania. Our country is slipping into an undemocratic path under a clique of politicians who usurped power in Romania despite losing the legislative elections. I know that after the mistakes made in the past it is hard to believe that things can go even worse in Romania, but, unfortunately, this is the truth “, according to Marcel Ciolacu’s letter, signed as a member of Parliament, president of PSD Romania and” leader of the opposition in Romania ”.

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