Corina Cretu, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, said that Romania must continue on the European path, adding that a departure from the European Union would be a “national catastrophe.”
“My message is that Romania must continue on its European path. We must not play around with our future. It’s surprising that a country that had so many benefits from the EU to kick all of these opportunities away. I don’t think anybody wants this and I’m sorry that the possibility that Romania would ever leave the EU has come, I don’t know, out of nowhere. This, in my opinion, would be a national catastrophe and we would all be responsible for our future and our children’s future,” Cretu said on Wednesday, for Romania TV.
She added that the European Parliament on the rule of law in Romania and the latest CVM report shouldn’t make people inside the country believe that the EU wants to hurt Romania.
“I’d like political parties to be wise and not see it as a conspiracy, as if someone wanted to hurt us. It is a result of what has been happening lately. It’s difficult to fight against an image that has already been created, which is why efforts must be bigger in this sense. Of course, we’re now entering a pre-electoral period before the European Parliament elections. These are the most politicized debates we’ve seen in the EP,” Cretu stated.
The Commissioner’s statements are in response to the criticisms expressed by PSD leaders regarding the CVM report and the EP’s resolution. Some said they were even considering challenging the report at the European Court of Justice.
PM Dancila said the European officials’ conclusions were “revolting and disappointing.”
“I’m pro-European, I was an MEP for nine years, so nobody can accuse me of not wanting Romania to follow the European road. But at the same time, we must have the strength and dignity to defend our country,” Dancila said.