Cotroceni Presidential Palace has hosted a tense reception to mark Europe’s Day on Wednesday. President Klaus Iohannis met PM Dancila, PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea and some of the Cabinet’s ministers, for the first time face-to-face after he had asked for the prime minister’s resignation, for the second time. Moreover, Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu (also ALDE chairman) hasn’t attended the reception, announcing several days ago he would come to the reception for “the President has offended the prime minister” in his latest statements.
Amid all these tense allegations, President Klaus Iohannis has told the reception on Wednesday that there are people in Romania who blame Europe and Brussels for almost anything and ignore the indisputable benefits of Romania’s affiliation to the EU.
“Some politicians are questioning the European Unions’ role and relevance by feeding themselves of the Euroskepticism’s lifeblood in a populist manner. They omit on purpose the huge benefits, suggesting we would be better outside the great European family. There are voices in Romania blaming Europe and Brussles for almost anything. For they are disturbed by the European standards. What they forget to mention is that without democracy, without rule of law, without correct laws, there is no prosperity and wellbeing for the majority of the citizens. Privileges would only exist for a small group in power. Our answer must be resolute and to be based on the indisputable benefits of the affiliation to the EU,” the head of state said, stressing that defending democracy and the rule of law remain top priorities.
He added that our country’s future cannot be hijacked.
Former heads of state, diplomats, Chamber Speaker Liviu Dragnea, PM Viorica Dancila, Bucharest mayor Gabriela Firea and several ministers were among the guests attending the reception.
When announcing his and the premier’s attendance to the reception, Liviu Dragnea said few days ago: “Cotroceni Palace is not somebody’s private property. It’s our decision to celebrate Europe’s Day, our decision not to take the scandal path. Neither me, PSD, nor the Government are not at war with president Iohannis.”
Asked how will be the meeting between President Iohannis and PM Dancila after the recent call for resignation, Dragnea replied that with so many guests attending and being close to Klaus Iohannis, the premier will not have time to get near the President.
As for the Senate Speaker Tariceanu he announced this week he would not attend the reception. “I consider the President has seriously offended the prime minister, through the latest statements,” Tariceanu argued.
Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu hasn’t attended the reception either, saying he will be attending hearings in Parliament at the time of the reception.