Romania took over the Presidency of the EU on 1 January 2019. Marked by criticism concerning recent developments on justice and rule of law, the six month presidency will be a difficult period for Bucharest as it has to convince public opinion and EU politicians about its commitment towards respect of European values. The Romanian presidency will be both an opportunity and a responsibility for the national Government . The relationship with the EU has had its ups and downs, which concluded last year with a negative Resolution adopted by the European Parliament and new measures in the evaluation process of the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification. The campaign is likely focus on many of these issues, such as the fight against corruption, rule of law and the recent decision of the European Parliament to sanction member states by cutting EU funds for not respecting rule of law. The elections are likely to be an important test and set the agenda for the presidential elections from November-December 2019.

The latest polls released by CURS and Avangarde say that Social Democrats (PSD) will still emerge on top with 30-33 %, with the PNL (EPP) on 22/25% , Union Save Romania 11%, PLUS 8% , ALDE 10% and the new Pro Romania party of former PM Victor Ponta on 5%.

Romania will gain one extra seat thanks to the share-out of seats following the departure of British MEPs.

EPP (13 MEPs)

The National Liberal Party (PNL) is looking at putting on the list a number of…

S&D (14 MEPs)

Commissioner Cretu will stand for the new ProRomania party of former Prime Minister…

ALDE (3 MEPs)

The Liberal Democrats (ALDE) will count on experienced candidates such as Norica Nicolai,…

Other

TUnion Save Romania (USR) have chosen former Minister of European Funds, Cristian Ghinea,…

PREȘEDINTELE IOHANNIS BLOCHEAZĂ ÎN MOD IRESPONSABIL INVESTIȚIILE GUVERNAMENTALE:

Astăzi, 27 decembrie 2018, începând cu ora 21.00, Liviu Dragnea, președintele #PSD, va participa la emisiunea „Sinteza zilei”, moderată de Mihai Gâdea, la postul de televiziune Antena 3.

PSD condamnă blocajul instituțional creat prin gesturile iresponsabile ale lui Iohannis:

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