LYMEC condemns the deficiencies in the separation of powers in Romania

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On Friday, January 14th, the people of Bucharest took to the streets in protest following a tense political week. Several days earlier the President of Romania, Traian Basescu, has proposed a new and controversial Healthcare Reform Law. The problems with this project were numerous. Firstly, the Constitution of Romania does not provide the Presidency with the right of legislative initiative, and the fact that the Ministry of Healthcare has obediently accepted this presidential project as its own served only to highlight that the separation of powers in our state was endangered. Secondly, several provisions in the text made it apparent that the current government wished to transform parts of the healthcare system into sinecures for their cronies.
In doing so, they have antagonised one of the most respected professionals in the Emergency Healthcare system, Dr. Raed Arafat, who had almost single-handedly created an integrated early response system, designed to arrive quickly at accident sites, provide emergency medical care to victims and transport them to the nearest hospital. This integrated system, the SMURD, has in the meantime become synonymous with efficiency and professionalism, and President Basescu’s perceived attack on it – as well as his inelegant treatment of Dr. Arafat himself – has caused much anger among the population.
This was the last drop in a cup of discontentment that had been filled over the past few years as the government grew increasingly corrupt, haughty and distant from the people, while at the same time becoming ever more dependent on the whims of a single person, President Traian Basescu.
And so it happened that the people who took to the streets in Targu Mures and in Cluj to make public their solidarity with Dr. Arafat were followed across Romania by people who started venting their anger at the President and called for his resignation.
Thousands of people gathered in Bucharest, first in front of Cotroceni Palace (the official residence of the President) and then in University Square (a place charged with symbolism, as it was here that people had gathered in 1989 to protest against Communism and in the early ‘90s to protest against the Neo-Communists then in power, thus becoming synonymous with the Romanian desire for freedom and civil liberties). They called for the resignation of President Basescu, who was again accused of having gained the second mandate by means of fraud, for the resignation of the whole Government, seen as incompetent and corrupt, and for early elections, as opposed to what the Government had proposed, namely postponing local elections from July until November.”
On Sunday, 15th of January 2012, our colleagues Florin Alexandru Alexe, President of TNL, Radu Surugiu, President of CSL, and Andrei Surugiu, Vice-president of TNL Sector 3, were demonstrating peacefully in front of the National Theatre in University Square with other citizens.
Around 19.30, in the area where they were located a number of hooligans have started engaging the gendarmes by throwing firecrackers in their direction. The gendarmes have struck back, breaking into the line of protesters in their attempt to put an end to the barrage of pyrotechnical material, rocks and incendiary bottles. Unfortunately, in the maelstrom created by their attempt to apprehend the hooligans, a number of innocent protesters were caught, despite them having nothing to do with the outburst of violence. In the attached photograph one can clearly see the moment when our colleagues are ordered to lie on the ground, despite being visibly affected by the copious amounts of tear gas they had inhaled. The image clearly shows that Florin Alexe’s attitude was by no means aggressive and that he gave absolutely no reason to be considered as being one of the hooligans.
Nevertheless, our colleagues, Florin Alexandru Alexe, Radu Surugiu and Andrei Surugiu have been detained by the gendarmes and taken to No.15 Police Precinct in Bucharest. After waiting for several hours the charges against them have been raised – namely that they had voiced against the current regime. Around 22.30, Florin Alexe, Radu Surugiu and Andrei Surugiu have been released.
„Violent incidents have fortunately been avoided since Sunday and peaceful protests are expected to continue.”
The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) is seriously concerned about the grave and obvious deficiencies in the separation of powers in Romania.
LYMEC President Alexander Plahr comments on the recent events: „We call on the Romanian authorities to ensure, safeguard and defend the right to peaceful assembly and demonstrations. The right to protest against the government is one of the core concepts of a democratic state.”
Reacting to the temporary detainment of Florin Alexandru Alexe, Radu Surugiu and Andrei Surugiu, Plahr states: „Especially in heated protests like this it is paramount that the police takes proportionate measures and clearly separates between peaceful protesters and violent perpetrators. We demand the clear and full application of the principles of proportionality, the rule of law and separation of powers in Romania.”

Congres Lymec, Sinaia 29.04-01.05.

Last weekend LYMEC – the European liberal youth – elected a new bureau during its annual congress held in Sinaia. After leading the organisation for two years and being a board member for seven years, Aloys Rigaut (Jeunes MR, Belgium) stepped down as president.

Alexander Plahr (Junge Liberale, Germany), who in the last two years served LYMEC as vice-president, was elected as the new president. The new vice-president is Mette Lykke Nielsen (Radikal Ungdom, Denmark). Matilda Flemming (Svensk Ungdom, Finland) was elected as treasurer. Vedrana Gujic (Mladi HNS, Croatia), Claudia Benchescu (Liberal Students Club CSL, Romania), Jeroen Diepemaat (JOVD, the Netherlands) and Mireia Huerta Sala (JNC, Catalonia) were elected as bureau members.

Sursa: LYMEC

Liberalii europeni trebuie să se implice mai mult în rezolvarea actualei crize economice pentru că filosofia socială, politică şi economică liberală reprezintă calea sigură de depăşire a situaţiei actuale, a declarat preşedintele PNL Crin Antonescu la Congresul LYMEC.

,,Suntem într-un peisaj de criză la nivel financiar, economic şi ideologic. Există o dispută întreagă în legătură cu originile crizei şi cu soluţiile de ieşire din criză şi tocmai în acest context eu cred că noi, liberalii, trebuie să ne reafirmăm valorile şi convingerile fundamentale”, le-a mai spus preşedintele PNL tinerilor liberali europeni.

În acest sens, Crin Antonescu le-a transmis reprezentanţilor LYMEC că toţi liberalii aşteaptă de la ei să fie ,,agenţi mai hotărâţi ca niciodată ai ideilor liberale, ai forţei şi soluţiilor pe care aceste idei articulate şi puse în practică le dau”, precizând că, în opinia sa, ,,liberalii au un rol cheie de jucat în Europa”, soluţiile trebuind să se axeze pe mai multă transparenţă şi responsabilitate.

Crin Antonescu le-a transmis tinerilor liberali europeni că PNL aşteptă de la ei să fie agenţi mai hotărâţi ca niciodată ai forţei şi soluţiilor pe care doctrina lor le poate genera. Liderul PNL a precizat că partidele liberale nu se pot mulţumi cu rolul de al treilea grup politic în arena europeană, în ciuda succeselor remarcabile pe care le-au obţinut în ultima vreme.

Crin Antonescu spune că liberalii europeni trebuie să aibă încredere în forţele proprii şi să-şi asume responsabilitatea pentru că depăşirea crizei nu se poate face pe baza ideilor şi soluţiilor grupului social sau ale grupului popular european.

Ca atare, liberali trebuie să joace un rol mai activ în UE, iar tinerii trebuie să facă cunoscute şi credibile aceste idei care înseamnă Europa de azi şi mai ales cea de mâine, crede preşedintele PNL.

Crin Antonescu le-a spus tinerilor liberali europeni că UE are nevoie de o viziune pe termen lung pentru reconstruirea unei economii inteligente şi sustenabile,care să creeze locuri de muncă, să mărească productivitatea şi coeziuena socială. Pentru aceasta, aşa cum a cerut ALDE, Uniunea Europeană trebuie să-şi revizuiască întreaga strategie de dezvoltare economică, care trebuie să fie mai puternică şi mai ambiţioasă, a mai declarat preşedintele PNL.

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