100 years have passed since the Great Union, 29 years since the Romanian Revolution and 12 years since the accession of Romania to the European Union. The past obliges us to learn our lessons and to establish the direction we are heading.
Everyday we see petty interests generate a mediocre destiny. What I want, as an independent candidate for the European Parliament elections, is to pursue our country’s major interests in order to take Romania out of anonymity.
We all want to regive Romania its dignity on the international stage and especially within the European Union.
We all want a greater country, a stronger economy.
We all want to restore correctness in the state’s relationship with its citizens, wherever they may live, Bucharest, Covasna, Chişinău, Timoc or Cernăuţi, Rome or Madrid.
We all want, beyond the bureaucratic mechanisms, a more solid and mutually beneficial relationship with our external partners.
We want a Greater Romania in Europe.
MY OBJECTIVE: GREATER ROMANIA IN EUROPE
1. THE REUNIFICATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA WITH ROMANIA: BETTER TOGETHER
2. ESCAPING THE LABYRINTH OF POST-COMMUNISM : AN ILLEGITIMATE, NON-TRANSPARENT, DEEPLY ANTI-ROMANIA SYSTEM
Regardless of political affiliation, a strange consensus breathes in the public space on issues of major concern. A small group of the system’s protégées keep the majority of the population away from the decision-making process. Their only concern: maintaining their privileges and preserving the current state of affairs.
Our history compels us to break with the communist past and thoroughly reform our state institutions. Rule of law, transparency, public consultations and pluralism are the basis of a truly democratic system. Our political class will keep on violating it as long as we do not have the necessary leverage to fight them. Our active presence in the European institutions can be such leverage.
The collapse of the Soviet bloc did not lead to a restoration of our historical order and values. Although there have been formal convictions, the descendants of the communist and neo-communist bloc continue to conduct themselves in a non-transparent manner, without respect for democracy and the rule of law. The economic, administrative, media and political levers are in the hands of a privileged circle, closed off to the people and groups with profoundly moral principles and causes.
The mafia like system is the same in Bucharest, and in Chișinău, with no solutions for a society ground down by lack of hope, a society whose members are led to hatred towards one another. Although a multi-party system on the surface, on all major themes there is a strange consensus among the different factions of this system.
There is no country project, no political reform, no wage increase, no foreign investment that could ensure the future of a state where the law does not rule. Thus, achieving the objectives of the unionist movement naturally involves the fight against corruption, the struggle for the independence of the judiciary and the equality of all citizens before the law.
From the failure to absorb the available EU funds to the dramatic situation at Roşia Montană, the corrupt and incompetent current system is neither interested nor capable to effectively manage the Romanian capital – economic, social, cultural, natural.
It is time we returned to normal through: public consultations, depoliticizing the public administration; establishing, based on our history and the Timișoara Proclamation, a modern political system able to ensure economic and political development and stability on both sides of the Prut, encouraging civic initiative, political entrepreneurship, consolidating the rule of law, a free market economy, and undertaking a leadership position within the Euro-Atlantic family.
3. ROMANIANS ARE NOT STRANGERS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY
More than ever, we appreciate that the great problem of contemporary Romania is the lack of unity. The abandonment of the Romanian people by the political class is most obvious within the central region of the country. Romanians from Harghita, Covasna and Mureş counties find themselves in great difficulty from a cultural and identity point of view. It is necessary to make their plight known at EU level.
In the last three decades, the current political class has run out of credibility, negatively influencing social cohesion within the Romanian society. The latter needs reuniting. We, therefore, strongly believe in re-establishing a political administration based on competence and national dignity.
Nowadays, Romanians in the counties of Harghita, Covasna and Mureş are forced to defend their basic rights in the face of a local autonomy whose public policies often pursue territorial separatism based on ethnic criteria, ethnic segregation and anti-Romanian xenophobic content. We believe that, beyond the populist, ultra-nationalist political discourse, there is a Hungarian community that has a lot in common with the Romanian community. Furthermore, we all share the same social and economic concerns.
The violation of the rights of Romanians in the counties of Harghita, Covasna and Mureş represents a violation of the national interests of the Romanian people. It is necessary to accurately ascertain within the European Parliament and through the European mechanisms the real situation in Romania in terms of compliance with the European and international provisions on local autonomy and minority rights. Also, from the European Parliament, one can closer monitor compliance with the The Hungarian-Romanian Treaty of Understanding, Cooperation and Good Neighborhood.
4. PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF ROMANIANS EVERYWHERE AND HARNESSING THE STRATEGIC POTENTIAL OF THE ROMANIAN DIASPORA
– STOPPING THE ETNOCIDE OF THE ROMANIAN COMMUNITIES LIVING IN THE HISTORICAL PROVINCES OF ROMANIA
– ROMANIANS IN THE EU: EUROPEAN CITIZENS WITH FULL RIGHTS, NOT IMMIGRANTS
Promoting and guaranteeing at European level the rights and freedoms of the over 10 million Romanians living abroad, in the spirit of reciprocity and an ever closer cooperation between EU Member States
Although Romania’s approach to protecting minority rights is recognized as one of the most advanced in Europe, the absolutely necessary reciprocity of treatment for Romanian communities abroad is continuously degrading in countries such as Serbia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, the Republic of Moldova, Albania , Greece, Croatia, Hungary.
Moreover, the new Romanian diaspora in the European Union is still confronted, 10 years after integration, with institutional or individual discrimination, not only within the new residence state but also in terms of the rights and support provided by the Romanian state.
At the moment, we do not have a coherent strategy for the over 10 million Romanians living abroad, facing serious violations of basic human rights guaranteed at national, European and international level – the large number of Romanian citizens who have been prevented from voting in the 2014 elections; Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz’s recent proposal to reduce state allowances for the children of Romanians in Austria; the attacks by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) on the Eudoxiu Hurmuzachi Romanian Cultural Centre in Cernăuţi; banning the rights of the Romanian community in Serbian Timok to their own language, culture and religion; the failure to recognise as a national minority the 160,000 Romanians in Bulgaria and the 1,000,000 Aromanians in Greece; the attacks carried out by the Chișinău regime against the unionist movement.
STOPPING THE ETNOCIDE OF THE ROMANIAN COMMUNITIES LIVING IN THE HISTORICAL PROVINCES OF ROMANIA
Romania exists culturally beyond its administrative borders as well. Whether we are reffering to the Romanian communities from the historical provinces now belonging to Ukraine, Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary, other countries in the Balkan Peninsula (Albania, Macedonia, Greece, for example) or regions of the former Soviet Russia or Central Europe, the voice of the Romanians in these states is not heard in the European decision-making fora. As many Romanians in neighbouring countries do not have Romanian citizenship and cannot vote, they are overlooked by the Romanian political system as well. Hence, their confidence in Romania is on a downward slope. The Romanian communities in the vicinity of Romania and the Balkans represent a strategic potential for Romania as a starting point to better relations with these countries. Last but not least, we need to capitalise on the great human, economic, cultural and image capital that these Romanian communities possess.
Approximately 6 million Romanians are deprived of their national minority status and related rights, in spite of being loyal citizens to their countries of residence. In most of these communities, native language schools have been abolished, there is no native language media or religious service allowed and no political representation. Unless we act accordingly, these communities and their wealth of culture and heritage, will dissapear altogether.
Hence, my goal is to ensure and monitor that the European and international standards concerning minority rights are followed through for all Romanian communities residing abroad.
I will fight for the necessary means to preserve national identity on the basis of reciprocity. We need to monitor the implementation of national and international legislation regarding minority rights in the neighbouring states; to document all if any violations perpetrated by the states where Romanian historical communities reside, to raise awareness at European Parliament level and request at EU level adequate mechanisms to monitor, resolve and prevent such situations. Last but not least, we need to improve the dialogue between these communities and the authorities in Bucharest.
ROMANIANS IN THE EU: EUROPEAN CITIZENS WITH FULL RIGHTS, NOT IMMIGRANTS
Following the reopening of the borders in 1990 and the introduction of visa free travel within the EU, millions of citizens have left the country. We have become the second nation in the world, after Syria, concerning the number of citizens who left their country of origin in the last decades. The reasons leading to this exodus are mainly related to home affairs: political corruption, poverty, decreasing life standards, moral degradation of society, injustice and social inequality, promotion of incompetence through politicizing state institutions etc.
However, it is due to this exodus that Romania has benefited from over 50 billion euros in the last decade, money sent home by the Romanians working abroad, a figure that exceeds the level of foreign investments for the same period. It is also due to this phenomenon that Romanians had the opportunity to tell the world about themselves, sometimes directly, most of the times probably indirectly through their character, their stoicism, their work ethic – in factories, universities, hospitals, corporations, taking care of the elderly, house cleaning or strawbery picking. Most of those who leave are leaving in order to work abroad, and through their seriousness and dignity they contribute to building a different image for Romania abroad, a better image, a more real and candid one.
Our right to freely travel, study and work in the European Union is a sacred one, and direct contact with the citizens of other EU member states is largely beneficial to Romania’s image. However, emigration must become a temporary, not permanent phenomenon, and it must be based on choice, not necessity.
Our first duty towards the Romanian communities in the European Union is to protect their rights and freedoms as European citizens and to support their efforts to preserve their cultural and linguistic identity.
At the same time, one of the main interests Romania must pursue at EU level is to protect and capitalise on this extraordinary resource which is the Romanian diaspora (citizens of both Romania and the Republic of Moldova), and to encourage its return to a greater, stronger, more economically, socially and politically attractive country, a country of social stability, a state with a political vision.
Throughout the campaign, based on these assumed steps, we will approach and expand on all related topics of major interest, topics which are often deliberately avoided by the current system and its protégées.
Why would we discuss reunification today, when we lack hospitals and schools on both sides of the Prut river; when in both Bucharest and Chișinău we are confronted with a reign of corruption, nepotism and anti-national theft ?
Why would we discuss reunification today, when 40% of the children in Romania are at risk of poverty or social exclusion and the Republic of Moldova continues to be the poorest state in Europe ?
The fight for reunification is not obstructing our fight against corruption and does not stand in the way of Romania’s political and economic stability. On the contrary. It merely sets our struggle for a better life on the historic path of our civilisation, a path we strayed from under foreign occupations, and at times, under domestic ones.
The union of the two states is not only a natural act of historic reparation, but also an act of economic justice. The unification of the two economies will accelerate massive investments, prompting the new, unified Romania to become one of the world’s top 40 economies. A reunified Romania would make substantial progress in terms of labour force, investment, textile and food industry, arable land area and tourism. Unification means welfare for citizens of both countries. A larger economy is consistent with an increase in better living opportunities for the people on both sides of the Prut river.
The unionist movement in Romania and the Republic of Moldova is about much more than territorial integration. Unionism must become the mentality, the ideological and philosophical approach to the next century in the history of modern Romania.
A common element of governments so far has been the pursuit of electoral success through divisive policies. We have come to live in a society crushed by hatred and lacking in hope. We are witnesses to divisive policies not only at national but also European level. The answer lies in unity.
Only united, we can build a better country for the next generation. Unionism begins with the tolerance and respect we give each other, regardless of political or religious views, and continues with much closer cooperation at regional level. Moldova, Ardeal, Banat, Oltenia, Muntenia… we are all Romanians and Europeans. The peaceful and democratic reunification of our country can only succeed within the parametres of this national unity.
The Romanians living in the historical provinces, the Romanian-speaking Diaspora, the national minorities living on the territory of Romania and the Republic of Moldova… we are leaving no one behind. Every Romanian, every citizen of Romania and the Republic of Moldova counts. We support one another because only together we can build a future for our country!
Romanians who have settled in the last two decades in the European Union are not immigrants. They are European citizens exercising their right to freely travel, live and work within the EU.
The Romanians living in the historical provinces (Ukraine, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary etc.) are as Romanian as the ones living within our borders. They are Romanians who respect their obligations as citizens of the states they live in today but who are also demanding their rights as citizens, in particular the right to their own language, culture, religion and history.
There is no diaspora and the country, the capital and the provinces, those on one side of the Prut river and those on the other side.
There is only one great Romanian community who can achieve more and do better united.
VALUES AND PRINCIPLES :
- Undertaking the reunification with Moldova as a country project and priority within the national and European security strategy, a priority in regional development and in strengthening the eastern flank of NATO;
- Pursuing a leadership position within the Euro-Atlantic family;
- Personal, religious, economic and political freedom;
- Protecting our cultural heritage, Christian heritage included;
- Transparence and responsibility;
- Ensuring equality of all citizens before the law;
- Equality of opportunity;
- Rule of law, an independent and functional judiciary;
- Protecting religious freedom;
- A simplified, depoliticised, efficient and competence based political administration;
- Free and equal access to voting for all Romanian citizens, wherever they may live;
- Efficient governing, at national and European level, based on close cooperation between the public sector, the private sector and civic initiatives;
- A free market;
- Respect for property, wich is inviolable;
- A free, not subservient, press;
- Active citizenship;
- The protection, promotion and sustainable exploitation of national resources, from natural heritage to human resources;