In his victory speech, Basescu vowed that his “top priority” was to fight corruption, improve press freedoms and lead Romania into the EU in 2007.
He said that he would free state institutions from political interference and "put them to work on behalf of the citizens".
He also said that he would seek to maintain stronger relations with the US and Britain, as well as with Russia and the former Soviet republics.
Basescu has indicated that he would aim to form a centrist government from his own Alliance party, the Humanist Party and the ethnic Hungarian Democratic Federation of Romania (UDMR) party. He has also said that he would appoint PNL leader and former economy minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu to the post of prime minister.
However, due to constraints inherent in the Romanian political system, and considering that no party has won a clear majority, an eventual “cohabitation” scenario may lead to further conflicts or even to early elections. Basescu’s Alliance suffers from inexperience in office, and “cohabitation” is untested in Romania. Basescu has also made it clear that he would not form a government with the nationalist Greater Romania party of Corneliu Vadim Tudor.
Meanwhile, Romania is set to formally close negotiations over EU accession on 14 December, and contrary to Basescu's earlier reference to his intention to reopen the agreement, Bucharest is now determined to stick with the negotiated document. Romania's EU Ambassador Lazar Comanescu said that "on Tuesday there will be an accession conference which is expected, finally, to close the negotiations". French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier also commented that it was "very late" to reopen those talks.