European Commission First Vice-president Frans Timmermans, candidate for the Party of European Socialists for the EC top office, has warned on Friday that the Social-Democratic Party in Romania risks being excluded from the PES, due to the developments regarding the rule of law.
Referring to the situation of the rule of law in Romania, Frans Timmermans said “there is no doubt” that the European social-democrats must become active.
“Unlike the European People’s Party we do not need ten years to act,” Timmermans said, most likely referring to the decision to suspend Fidesz from the EPP, the party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
Commenting on this statement, PSD leader Liviu Dragnea said on Friday that the European officials are on election campaign and use Romania as a ball, arguing that they do not talk about the great corruption files.
“It is election campaign. The great European leaders are in election campaign and have turned Romania into an electoral ball, moving it from one side to another to get applauses from the stands. Are we talking about the anti-corruption fight in Romania? Was there any talk in Romania about the great corruption files and the major crimes? There was no talk,” Dragnea said.