USR and PLUS will be able to run together as Alliance 2020 in the European elections after the High Court of Cassation and Justice (Romania’s Supreme Court) has accepted the claim of the two parties against the Central Electoral Bureau’s decision that banned the alliance to run in the European ballot due in May.
The High Court’s ruling, which is final, is practically invalidating the BEC ‘s decision.
“They tried to stop us and we won. It is the first victory in this campaign. And it is not only our victory, of the Alliance, but it is the victory of all those who want to live in a civilised country, where the law is the same for all. We get back to the street now, to raise signatures,” said USR chairman Dan Barna.
“Justice was served. We’ll run together for the elections and we’ll win, for the voters need a real alternative. We saw together what bureaucracy and an inoperative Romania mean. Our mission is to change this state of affairs for the Romanians are asking for it. We’ll fight and we will be fully committed. We thank all those who believe in democracy and in a European Romania”, said in his turn PLUS chairman Dacian Cioloș.
Former USR head Nicusor Dan, who re-enrolled in the party on Friday to help USR-PLUS Alliance win the appeal against BEC, said after the claim has been admitted that he is happy for this “despite the procedural clumsiness”, adding that the essence of democracy is that people should find the option they want on the ballots.
The Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) decided few days ago to reject the Alliance 2020 USR-PLUS’s bid to run together for the EP elections in May this year, and USR-PLUS have filed an appeal to the Supreme Court.