Ciolos to abandon Renew Europe leadership if he becomes president of USR PLUS

Ciolos, who currently serves as co-president of USR PLUS, is running in the party elections against the other co-president, Dan Barna, and Irieu Darau. [EPA/ ROBERT GHEMENT]

Former EU Commissioner Dacian Ciolos told his liberal USR PLUS party members that he would resign from the presidency of the Renew Europe group in the EU Parliament if he became president of the party.

Ciolos, who currently serves as co-president of USR PLUS, is running in the party elections against the other co-president, Dan Barna, and Irieu Darau, a senator in the Romanian Parliament.

Speaking at a campaign event in northwestern Romania, Ciolos said leading the party would be a full-time job and he would need to give up the presidency of the Renew Europe group, the third largest in the European Parliament.

Ciolos’s term as chair of the Renew parliamentary group expires at the end of the year, while USR PLUS party elections are scheduled at the beginning of October.

After the general elections in December 2020, USR PLUS formed a coalition with the conservative PNL party (EPP) and the Hungarian minority UDMR party (EPP).

Due to severe disagreements with Prime Minister Florin Citu, USR PLUS ministers resigned at the beginning of September.

USR PLUS says it still wants to continue the reforms included in the current governmentprogram, but with a different prime minister.

In its turn, PNL stands fully behind PM Citu.

PNL will also have internal elections on 25 September, and Citu is running to become party president against incumbent Ludovic Orban. (Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)

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