Mayor of Oradea resigns from PNL top position

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First vice-president of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Ilie Bolojan, the mayor of Oradea (northwestern Romania), has resigned from the top position in the party. He remains mayor and leader of the Bihor PNL branch.

Ilie Bolojan has been first vice-president of PNL since June 2017.

Bolojan told Digi 24 he had taken this step in order to be able to devote himself to the city’s projects. The mayor explained that Oradea will file for European projects worth over EUR 100 million in October, adding that he cannot take care both of the city management and the of the political party seat.

PNL spokesperson, Ionel Danca, retorted the party understands the reasons of Ilie Bolojan’s resignation from the position of first vice-president, as he would like to get involved more on local level. Danca added that Bolojan remains one of the most performing Liberal mayors.

Oradea, the capital city if Bihor county, has long been one of the more prosperous cities in Romania. In 2012, Oradea had the largest budget in the Transylvania region, overcoming its neighbour cities, Arad and Cluj-Napoca and large infrastructure and investments have been made ever since in past years as well. According to Forbes, Oradea  is considered the second smart city in Romania, after having implemented more than 10 projects such as smart parking, free Wi-fi or e-governance projects.

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