Former Romanian PM Dacian Ciolos to launch NGO to help opposition parties

Newsroom 06/01/2017 | 17:04

Former Romanian PM Dacian Ciolos will launch an NGO whose purpose is to provide opposition parties with resources and support. According to Hotnews, former ministers Vlad Voiculescu, Dragos Tudorache and Dragos Pislaru will become members.

On Thursday, Ciolos met with Save Romania Union (USR) MPs at the Palace of Parliament and announced he is to launch an NGO. The former PM chose to create an NGO and not a party, the local press reported, so as not to further divide the political scene. The as yet unnamed NGO will provide USR and other actors with materials, information and know-how and people who can help those in the opposition. Its members will include former ministers as well as other key people with good knowledge of current topics and Romanian institutions.

According to Hotnews, former Minister of Health Vlad Voiculescu, former Labour Minister Dragos Pislaru and former Head of the PM’s Chancellery Dragos Pislaru will become members of the NGO.

“I do not exclude a political involvement, but I have not yet made a decision […] I will look to see what is the most effective way to use my skills in the future,” said Ciolos, at a press conference at Victoria Palace.

“They supported me in the campaign for the position of PM and I thought it was common sense to come and thank them at least (…). Now I had the time to see, and to know many of the PMS. It was a first visit to establish contact from my side. My intention is to remain involved in public life, to promote the values and the principles included in Romania 100,” Ciolos told journalists after the visit.

“It was an amicable discussion. As for the future, I discussed about the lack of public policies from the public sphere. We all see the sterile disputes between politicians, but we do not see public policies the political class can bring to citizens and the collaboration we will have will be on the side of public policies,” USR head Nicusor Dan said.

In a Facebook post, National Liberal Party (PNL) MP Mihai Voicu rejected the proposal of Dacian Ciolos to collaborate. “A gentlemen who told us during the electoral campaign that he does not want to be featured on our billboards and that we are using his image in an abusive way addresses to us on TV collaboration proposals. He mentions something about the Romania 100 platform. Well, with this platform we lost the elections. No, thanks,” Voicu wrote on his Facebook page.

PNL head Raluca Turcan reacted by saying “There are colleagues who have different opinions. There are colleagues who are more moderate. This is how things are within parties, there is nothing wrong. There are some who believe that Mr. Ciolos’ involvement in the election campaign could have been stronger […] That does not mean that we are not people with free opinions,” Turcan said on Thursday.

Georgeta Gheorghe

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