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Marcel Ciolacu participates in PES conference “With Courage. For Europe”, organized in Berlin


Social Democratic Party (PSD) Chair Marcel Ciolacu, first vicepresident of the party Sorin Grindeanu and vicepresident Victor Negrescu will participate on Friday and Saturday in the Party of European Socialists (PES ) conference “With Courage. For Europe”, organized in Berlin.


The Conference also includes a series of meetings with European officials. On Friday June 25, PSD president Marcel Ciolacu will meet Mr Michael Roth, minister of state for European affairs in the German Foreign Ministry at 9.00 a.m. At 10.30 he will meet Mrs Iratxe Garcia Perez, president of the Progressive Alliance Group of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, while at 11.30 he will meet Udo Bullman, European MP and member of the executive committee of SPD responsible for EU,” a PSD press release informs. There will be other meetings with Serghey Stanishev, president of PSE and Pedro Sanchez, the premier of Spain.


On June 26, at 9.30, Marcel Ciolacu, Sorin Grindeanu and Victor Negrescu will participate in the Conference “With Courage. For Europe.”


The agenda of the PSD president also includes a meeting with Frans Timmermans, the executive vicepresident of the European Commission.


Before to leave for Berlin, Marcel Ciolacu sent a letter to European Commission leaders Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans, asking the EU's executive to demand that Romanian ruling parties "stop current undemocratic practices."

The social democrat leader mentions, in the letter sent on Thursday by the PSD Press Office, the fact that the decisions regarding the public radio and television corporations were rejected by the Constitutional Court, the fact that the governing parties "violated the parliamentary procedures in the simple motion against the European Investments and Projects Minister by illegally counting the votes" and that the same parties "decided to dismiss the Ombudsman without respecting the legal procedures in force."

"As the leader of the opposition in my country, I am glad to know that Romanians can rely on friends like you, who put the rights and security of the people first. Therefore, given the recent events in Romania, I feel forced to inform you that democracy and respect for the rule of law are seriously endangered by the governing parties in our country and I ask for the help of the European Commission in managing the abuses committed by the governing parties," Ciolacu also writes.

He maintains that the opposition is at the disposal of the Commission "to identify appropriate solutions, so as to avoid the situation in which Romania is slipping into an undemocratic way." He added that the leaders of the governing coalition parties practice "a double language, at the international level, which can be easily dismantled." "They say one thing in Brussels and on the other hand they act against European values, in Romania," says the social democrat.