Victor Ponta

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Victor Ponta said : "It had happened before, in 2011, when the USL officially proposed me for the prime minister office. I was a lot more nervous then, now I have more knowledge and a wider experience. At this moment for Pro Romania it is important to show it has a very concrete programme, it has a good team and it has a candidate to the prime minister position. I am most certainly honoured to be this candidate. I am looking forward to the debates with Mr. Orban, Ciolos, and whomever there might be from the PSD [the Social Democratic Party], as the PSD for now hasn't set the goal of winning the election or governing. Maybe they will endorse me, which, of course, would be somewhat commonsensical. In this campaign, I will present the Pro Romania proposals and I am positive that after December 6 we can start putting into practice everything we proposed. I hope you vote for this proposal Calin made. (...) In ten minutes we'll get down to business. Proposing is easy, achieving is more difficult, but not at all impossible," External link

roumanie-en Sunday, November 8, 2020 7:45:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "I am glad that people are coming to the polls. I, as every time lately, have not voted against anyone, I have voted for something, and I think that after so much hatred and scandal, as it has been in the past month, the next four years are going to be pretty bad. But let's hope that we will be in good health and that, instead of dealing with the elections, we will be dealing with health, education, and what is important to people. There will be no problems in Bucharest. Actually, there will be no problems in Bucharest, Cluj, Timisoara and Iasi. But there are 18,600 polling stations in the country, in poor towns, in rural towns, in villages, where conditions are different from those downtown Bucharest, so I am afraid that we did risk at this point. But let's hope that this year will end well, and let's hope that in December, when the parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place, we will be in good health for, as things stand, elections seem to be more important than our health, and that's not a good thing. It's a bad thing," External link

roumanie-en Sunday, September 27, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta added : "In Bucharest (...) people have all their need. But if you had voted in a smaller locality, with a smaller budget, with smaller resources, it is really very dangerous there. And I sincerely hope that those who cast that vote that is more important than their own health, I hope that they weren't wrong because otherwise, we all pay," External link

roumanie-en Sunday, September 27, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "I came to Slatina to express my support for Marius Balasa, for Mihai Nita, the candidate for the position of chairman of the County Council and for all of Pro Romania's candidates. I am convinced that on September 27 we lay a foundation for the future and through our local elected officials, mayors, deputy mayors, we can build what we want for 2024," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said ( about Liberal Parti ) : "Although the entire system was made so that nobody other than the PSD [Social Democratic Party] and the PNL [National Liberal Party] can do anything in elections in Romania, Pro Romania has very good candidates. Pro Romania is a long-term project, it's not only for September 27. We want in the coming period, even if we are in the opposition, because that's how you grow - in the opposition - to show the Government what it does wrong, to show what must be done and to try and contribute so that Romanians overcome the crisis in 2021 easier than they did the one in 2010. If people forgot how 2011 was, unfortunately we will remember, I see the same mistakes, 'there's no more money, we can't do that', but at the same time business as usual and the same arrangements, and in 2012 an important part of those here showed that Romania can be pulled out of the crisis. I hope that in 2022-2023 Romanians suffer less and we get out quicker and easier of the crisis period," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Unfortunately, in Ilfov, particularly, as it is the smallest county (...) but certainly the richest one, the interests are huge in terms of finance and the arrangements are enormous. Here, there is no PNL [National Liberal Party] or PSD [Social Democratic Party], let's be serious, here there is Hubert and Petrache, there is Pandele, there is no PNL or PSD, there is an arrangement. Unfortunately, to give you a bad piece of news, the arrangement is carried further, to Parliament. You understand that tomorrow's motion result has already been negotiated and even if all of us at Pro Romania vote in favour of the motion, I believe it has already been written, the votes have already been counted. Nothing will happen tomorrow, Orban and the well-funded gang from Ilfov is here to stay," External link

roumanie-en Sunday, August 30, 2020 6:43:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Unfortunately, in Ilfov, particularly, as it is the smallest county (...) but certainly the richest one, the interests are huge in terms of finance and the arrangements are enormous. Here, there is no PNL [National Liberal Party] or PSD [Social Democratic Party], let's be serious, here there is Hubert and Petrache, there is Pandele, there is no PNL or PSD, there is an arrangement. Unfortunately, to give you a bad piece of news, the arrangement is carried further, to Parliament. You understand that tomorrow's motion result has already been negotiated and even if all of us at Pro Romania vote in favour of the motion, I believe it has already been written, the votes have already been counted. Nothing will happen tomorrow, Orban and the well-funded gang from Ilfov is here to stay," External link

roumanie-en Sunday, August 30, 2020 6:43:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta told ( about Marcel Ciolacu ) : "There are 200,000 people [involved in the organisation]. We all go to those people. What are the chances of not getting infected if even only one is COVID stricken? (...) Obviously, the elections would need to be postponed. (...) At the moment, I have the certainty that I meet my candidate running in Baia Mare, after which I meet the one running in Mangalia, after which I take a picture with the one running in Calarasi, after which I take a picture with the one running Botosani, so what if one of them is infected? Ciolacu will also meet people, Orban will too, Barna will as well, remember that we have 3,200 mayoralties, 3,200 candidates, seven parties or something. We have to file in the bids. And I look around and say: do you really want us all to get sick?," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:51:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said ( about Marcel Ciolacu ) : "I had a discussion with Mr Ciolacu, I asked him, I told him that we are all in danger and it means that in October we will all be to blame. What is missing is for politicians to spread the virus throughout the country. (...) All communication is aberrant. First of all, you say: mask up, but neither Iohannis, nor Orban, nor the ministers wear any masks (...) Second [the novel coronavirus] is horrendous, it is dangerous, we have to lock ourselves up at home, but you go to the polls to vote for us," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:51:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta replied : "We participate in elections like in war, we see who returns. We participate in elections, to do what, run away?" External link

roumanie-en Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:51:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote : "Pro Romania has supported since its establishment the principle of progressive taxation (on financial - banking operations, capital, additional property, very high salaries and pensions, economic activities with excessive profit margins) in parallel with the decrease of labor taxation (decrease of the social security contribution), with deductibility of expenses on health and education and stimulating domestic production! A modern system that is being applied in all Western and developed countries! A necessary change after 15 years of flat tax, and given the severe social and economic inequalities that the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating every day!," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:10:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote ( about Ludovic Orban ) : "Today Romania is collecting the least amount of money (as a percentage of GDP) to the state budget of all EU countries. With Orban and PNL things will get increasingly worse. We will fight with Orban PNL / PDL for Romania's interest, because we are Pro Romania and we only support Romania," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:10:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta : "Starea de Urgenta are ca scop promovarea in functii publice fara concurs si fara nicio limita a pilelor si relatiilor PNL ( pe bani multi de la Buget - din taxele si impozitele romanilor - “curat liberali Monser" External link

hotnews-en Tuesday, May 12, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote : "Last night, we found out from the press about the existence of this bill. Pro Romania MPs have not voted for such a law - and Pro Romania senators will vote it down! We are convinced that the Romanian Senate will defeat this initiative - and Pro Romania will campaign in this regard," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, April 30, 2020 1:41:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote : "Today, at the meeting of the Chamber of Deputies, we will request a public information regarding the submission of this project and the reasons why the project was not submitted to debate and a vote in the Chamber of Deputies! We and the public must get an answer! We are Pro Romania and we only stick with Romania!" External link

roumanie-en Thursday, April 30, 2020 1:41:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote ( about Liberal Parti ) : "It is April 1 - the liars from PNL [National Liberal Party] are also fooling people with the story of special pensions," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:43:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Why don't you tell them the truth that it would be a great mistake and injustice to cut the pensions of the military staff precisely during this period when you see what special conditions their status implies? Why not explain that you cut only the pensions of the aviators (who brought the citizens back home) and the ambassadors (who work 24 hours a day to help the desperate Romanians)? Why not explain that in the case of magistrates the issue is not the pension but the fact that they retire too soon, after only 24 years of work (exactly when they have more experience and knowledge and can apply the law better)?," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:43:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "We, the Pro Romania party, don't enter agreements with those who have sold off PSD piece by piece during Dragnea's time, in Dancila's time or in Ciolacu's time. I thought that they will hold their congress on Saturday and will do some clean-up, make a new beginning with different people. But they didn't call the congress and when they will, it is my understanding that they will do it with Dragnea and Dancila's clique. (...) I kept assuming that maybe they'll change, maybe they'll realize what they did wrong, but yesterday was an eye opener, judging by the people who remain at PSD's helm," External link

agerpres-en Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:41:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "We, the Pro Romania party, don't enter agreements with those who have sold off PSD piece by piece during Dragnea's time, in Dancila's time or in Ciolacu's time. I thought that they will hold their congress on Saturday and will do some clean-up, make a new beginning with different people. But they didn't call the congress and when they will, it is my understanding that they will do it with Dragnea and Dancila's clique. (...) I kept assuming that maybe they'll change, maybe they'll realize what they did wrong, but yesterday was an eye opener, judging by the people who remain at PSD's helm," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:08:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Pro Romania's option is for a stable government, of professionals. (...) This is the solution we are willing to support. (...) I am not the type to back down, but I don't expect any surprise," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, February 27, 2020 10:14:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta told : "I think Romania needed and it still needs a professional government to deal with the country's problems, not the PNL problems," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, February 27, 2020 11:43:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "I am in Pro Romania and only in Pro Romania will I be, and I rely only on Pro Romania. If I relied on someone else it would mean making the same mistake every time. (...) Please continue rely only on yourselves in the ensuing electoral battle, only on yourselves. (...) We are Pro Romania, we fight for the Pro Romania candidates," External link

roumanie-en Monday, February 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "I don't think anyone spoke specifically about an alliance today" External link

roumanie-en Monday, February 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta asserted ( about Remus Pricopie ) : "Our nomination was Mr. Remus Pricopie, yet not for a PSD - Pro Romania government, but for a national union government, with Mr. Pricopie to pick the ministers together with whom he will get us through a period of obvious political crisis that could regress to an economic and social crisis, too. Because the extension of the current situation (...) means that essential draft laws, such as a budgetary rectification, let's say, cannot be passed in the next period," External link

roumanie-en Friday, February 7, 2020 10:25:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "It was no surprise that we, those with Pro Romania, will not vote for the investiture of the PNL Government. I don’t believe it was a surprise for Mr. Orban, simply because we are a new party that is growing. We are the only party that, at this moment, is still defending the interests of people, of those who are center-left. Unfortunately, the PSD [Social Democratic Party], as you saw, has degenerated in a clientelist - illiterate group and, at this moment, we will support a government only when we are convinced that projects of competency, of professionalism, of interest for our center-left electorate are guaranteed and represented," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "We only have one alliance between Pro Romania and ALDE, namely for supporting candidate Mircea Diaconu. We support Mircea Diaconu, but I don’t know if ALDE, which in the meantime has become an ally of the PNL, which party endorses Klaus Iohannis in the elections, can still support Diaconu. But if they do, everything will be just fine. There is no problem," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta added : "I believe that there was only one Senator who kept yelling to enter a merger, but, in the meantime, he left to merge with the PSD," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said ( about Ludovic Orban ) : "We are ready to discuss and support any project that we think could function. But in our opinion, the current project with PNL making the Government and four so-called allies who fight each other every time they meet is not a serious project and people will be hurt. (...) After the presidential elections, I hope they will come up with a realistic project, for we don’t think the current one will function. For now, we just wait for Mr. Orban to present a Government formula that makes sense. Until then ...," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "What I have said publicly stays. We have done a good thing in putting the Dancila government out of its misery, as it was a dead government anyway. Now, I understand that the Liberals want to form the government. We, being a leftist party, wish them good luck, and I do not think they count on us. (...) I think that at one time those who are social democrats will collaborate, but I mean collaboration for elections and then for the opposition," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta added : "I did not state any conditions at all, because no one from PNL asked me to vote for the government, and then there is no point in that. I can see that PMP, USR, UDMR are claiming conditions, we are not claiming nay. We have had no discussion with Mr Orban after the censure motion. (...) I saw last night that one of the PNL leaders was saying that the new government should work only for President Iohannis, for the PNL electorate and for PNL. And then I say that he is right. We will vote for any government that will work for Mircea Diaconu, for the Pro Romania electorate and for Pro Romania," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Yes. He will tell it to you, too. Me telling you the name would not be polite" External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "It is a very strange motion - theoretically it puts down a government, but we have no government anymore. Not to mention the fact that we no longer have Minister of the Interior, we have no Minister for Education, the Environment, Energy. We are talking about a government which no longer exists and which, whatever you do, today or tomorrow it ceases its activity. (...) I have never heard of a prime minister to call a hundred parliamentarians to tell them they will be ministers. (...) I think we have a duty today to bury the dead," External link

roumanie-en Friday, October 11, 2019 7:33:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said ( about Liviu Dragnea ) : "I found out that I am a very bad man from Mrs. Dancila. I am indeed a bad man because I put her on the list in 2014. But a bad man, Liviu Dragnea, put her prime minister," External link

roumanie-en Friday, October 11, 2019 7:33:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "We have the motion read tomorrow and debated and voted on next Thursday, October 10," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, October 3, 2019 7:38:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “If she does not come on Wednesday… we’ll have no other option… but to support the no-confidence motion that I hope our colleagues from PNL and USR will file,” External link

euractiv-eu-fr Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:29:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote : "We will not vote for a new ’Dancila 2’ government as incompetent and incapable as this one. (...) To form a new government until the parliamentary elections of 2020 PRO Romania will try to form a center-left majority (obviously without Dancila), that is capable of going back to the good ruling from 2012 - 2015. We will not be part of a right-wing PNL-USR [National Liberal Party-Save Romania Union] government - and we do not consider that they have realistic solutions for getting Romania out of the disaster in which the country was brought by Dragnea [e.n. - former PSD leader] and Dancila," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:04:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "We will support Mircea Diaconu in the presidential elections in order to have a decent, serious MAN in the runoff, able to offer Romania another kind of politics - we will unmask the falsehood and the harmfulness of Vioricai Dancila’s candidacy - a puppet of Dragnea and the barons, willing to destroy social democracy for some petty interests," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:04:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta affirmed ( about Viorica Dăncilă ) : "We had only one meeting, after which she ran to CExN [National Executive Committee] to say that she does not want [e.n. - with PRO Romania in government] - exactly what I had told her that we cannot support her in the presidential elections. She lied to those from CExN, for example, she said that I had asked for nine minister positions. Never. Mrs. Dancila also inherited from Mr. Dragnea [e.n.former PSD leader] the fact that she lies to those in CExN. Lucky for those in CExN that they call me and find out the truth," External link

roumanie-en Friday, September 6, 2019 6:37:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Then I will call the masked special ops to remove her from the Government, what else can we do? She would be the second PSD leader to leave with the masked special ops" External link

roumanie-en Friday, September 6, 2019 6:37:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said ( about Mircea Diaconu ) : "Most of my colleagues agreed that we should endorse Mr Mircea Diaconu in running for president, for he is not the usual candidate. We already tried with political party leaders becoming presidents before and we saw that, regardless if they won or lost, they weren’t able to detach themselves from the party, and maybe they shouldn’t have in the first place. Maybe this time an independent candidate like Mr Diaconu - for he won’t be a member of Pro Romania - (....) could be the solution that Romania expects from this November’s elections," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, August 27, 2019 6:07:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote : "On 22 July I said that ’if ALDE leaves the governance, we are willing to discuss a common political project!.’ Today, we made great progress in this regard! We did not make decisions - but we discussed and made progress! When more people sit at the table with good intentions - there is a greater chance of success. There is a need for a huge change in the way the country is governed / a total ’reset’ of the public administration and the economic direction. We need to find solutions and people capable of applying them. We are Pro Romania and we support Romania!," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:14:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta stated : "We haven’t met in a three-person format. (...) Mrs. Dancila called me in order to see me. Of course, I met Mrs Dancila. Why not meet her? After I saw Mrs Dancila, we had spoken some time ago, when I was on vacation, I met Mr Tariceanu. Afterwards I met with my colleagues, with Mihai Tudose, Sorin Cimpeanu. It wasn’t about: let’s sit down and find a solution. I even said it publicly that we have two problems. One, it doesn’t work that way with the governance. (...) I said: you have to restructure a public administration which everybody hates. (...) The second, the candidacy part. If we all [submit] our candidacies, we will fight for the 3rd place. Afterwards, between the first and the runoff voting we will live a difficult moment. We shall be asked who do we vote with," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:23:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta stated ( about Viorica Dăncilă ) : "Firstly, Mrs Dancila told me in private what she also said publicly, that she would want us to endorse one candidate, but, certainly belonging to the PSD. Mr. Tariceanu says: I want to endorse one candidate, namely him. And I say: explain to me why should I do it. Mrs Dancila’s argument was so that one candidate enter the runoff voting," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:23:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta stated : "At the moment, there isn’t a positive or negative response. Firstly because I cannot decide alone, I have to talk to those I started this road with, with Pro Romania, with Daniel Constantin, Sorin Cimpeanu. (...) And secondly, I want to know what is the plan, so that things go well" External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:23:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta added ( about Viorica Dăncilă ) : "The CEx meeting takes place tomorrow, the two ladies will be fighting. It’s very clear to me what will happen, because I went through this. (...) The Social Democrats would never let their leader not run. (...) Mrs Dancila won’t get away, she will be the candidate. I believe that she will run. I believe that the CEx meeting will endorse Dancila, because she is the party leader and I believe that she will run," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:23:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta stated : "I don’t think that Firea will run independently and she will be making a mistake running independently because we have the precedent of Sorin Oprescu," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:23:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote : "We have had informal talks today with Mrs. Viorica Dancila and Mr. Calin Popescu-Tariceanu. We insisted only on the main objective of PRO Romania - a radical change from everything that happened between January 2017 and 27 May, 2019: ensuring efficient governing and real reforms in public administration, economy and finance, education, health, the environment, and so on," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, July 23, 2019 5:18:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta added : "Obviously, we have not made any decision on political candidacies or collaboration (such decisions can only be made by the PRO Romania team), as we also did when we talked with the Opposition leaders or President Iohannis, I showed willingness to dialogue - but we presented and supported the views of PRO Romania and the social and economic interests that we represent. We are PRO Romania - and we are (only) on Romania’s side," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, July 23, 2019 5:18:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “Some members have a friendship relationship with Richard, but ProRomania is a pro-European progressive party and has never initiated a process to join the ECR. ProRomania is opting for a progressive, pro-European political family,” External link

euractiv-en Thursday, May 30, 2019 5:11:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “I’m sorry that this man, blinded by pride and viciousness, pulled Romania, the government, parliament, an entire party and the honor of millions of people into a hole with him,” External link

therepublic Tuesday, May 28, 2019 1:30:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “I’m sorry that this man, blinded by pride and viciousness, pulled Romania, the government, parliament, an entire party and the honor of millions of people into a hole with him,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, May 27, 2019 11:02:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "I'm sorry that this man, blinded by pride and viciousness, pulled Romania, the government, parliament, an entire party and the honor of millions of people into a hole with him," External link

news-yahoo Monday, May 27, 2019 9:07:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “I’m sorry that this man, blinded by pride and viciousness, pulled Romania, the government, parliament, an entire party and the honour of millions of people into a hole with him,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, May 27, 2019 7:12:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta mentioned : "It’s clear that the Romanian society wants a change. We are the ones who understood faster that Mr. Dragnea was taking Romania to the cliff’s edge. I want to recall that the PSD, in 2014, also with Corina Cretu on the first spot, with me, took 37 pct of the vote and the PNL [National Liberal Party] took 14 pct. Now things have changed. The fact that Dragnea did not understand them with his clique of individuals is just a very clear message for the entire center and center-left electorate of Romania," External link

roumanie-en Monday, May 27, 2019 4:53:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Firstly, I came to vote because everyone has to come, because only today any person is more powerful than any politician, with the vote. Secondly, I voted because, of the instinct of self-preservation, when you see someone driving the car into the abyss, you pull the steering wheel, you do something, you do not go to commit suicide," External link

roumanie-en Monday, May 27, 2019 4:53:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “I’ve been a social-democrat all my life, and still believe modern social democracy is the family that I fit in,” External link

euractiv-eu-fr Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:43:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “Some members have a friendship relationship with Richard, but ProRomania is a pro-European progressive party and has never initiated a process to join the ECR. ProRomania is opting for a progressive, pro-European political family,” External link

euractiv-eu-fr Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:43:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta told ( about Liviu Dragnea ) : "I think that something more important is at play on May 26 than voting for the 32 Romanians. We give others courage too to rise against Dragnea. We must persuade those who are still staying with Dragnea and the PSD to abandon them and rise up against him. These are the big stakes of the May 26 battle," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:13:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "We are fighting, and I hope we convince others too," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:13:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta says ( about Liviu Dragnea ) : "A priority is replacing Mr Dragnea from the Chamber of Deputies (...) Actually, Achilles’ heel is there if you want to be successful. Otherwise, any motion of censure, as long as neither the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) nor the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) cast their votes, you will not succeed; there will be only failure (...) As long as Mr Dragnea stays up there at the desk and can negotiate with UDMR and ALDE you do not stand a chance. So, from the point of view of Pro Romania, bringing the battle to the Chamber of Deputies is a priority," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:13:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “It could have been a huge opportunity to prove to our European partners that we are really at the same standards, but also to put on the agenda some issues which are very important for Romania,” External link

msn-uk Wednesday, May 8, 2019 8:42:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta spune : ”Activitățile de acest gen au încetat în Europa după scandalul Cambdridge Analytica / însă este continuat de firme rusești care au influențat și BREXITUL și campaniile electorale / practic PSD da acces la datele personale ale românilor unor asemenea organizațîi ostile României și Uniunii Europene” External link

hotnews-en Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:27:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta pointed out : "If this loan had been taken for an investment (...), it is a loan I would have praised (...). Unfortunately, as you know, the 3 billion are for current expenses, namely pensions, salaries and other expenses... they will be gone, there will be nothing left behind. Only a 5.2 billion euro debt, which we all have to pay," External link

roumanie-en Monday, April 1, 2019 8:15:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "If we had had a project to ask money for, we could have borrowed money from the international financial institutions, the EIB, the EBRD, at half the interest, maybe less than half. But if you don’t have projects, you go and take money from banks, and banks give it to you at a huge interest. (...) We borrowed 3 billion, we give back 5 billion and we don’t do anything with the money," External link

roumanie-en Monday, April 1, 2019 8:15:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta told : "In the form this budget was presented the days before, it is a fake, it is not a realistic, serious budget, and the manner in which it is attempted to be passed through Parliament, to file the amendments in 24 hours, it is very clear that in Parliament there will be no desire and we won’t be allowed to have real debate and analysis. The first call on the Government is to take the draft back and try to improve it here and there, in its essential parts, so that it should be an as realistic as possible budget. Otherwise, the revisions that will follow - a revision cannot be done before July - will actually be entirely different budgets from what is hastily and forcedly adopted in the days to come," External link

roumanie-en Monday, February 11, 2019 2:52:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta maintained : "Absolutely all analysts - the European Commission, the Monetary Fund, the World Bank - all those who are in charge with these things, have assessed the evolution of the Romanian economy in an optimistic manner at somewhere between 3.5 and 3.8 percent. There are also less optimistic predictions. Nowhere, in no variant is there the 5.5 percent projection which the budget was built on, a projection probably made by Mr. Darius Valcov. The thing that happens with these projections is that the economic growth is inflated so that you can inflate the deficit, so that you can inflate the expenditure," External link

roumanie-en Monday, February 11, 2019 2:52:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said ( about Corina Creţu ) : “We would be very happy if Corina Creţu decided to run again, because she hasn’t decided yet. Secondly, if she decided, if we would convince her to run on our list. I think any party in Romania would like to have a European commissioner on its list,” External link

romania-insider Wednesday, January 9, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta explained : “She would make a strong candidate first of all because she is about ten times more social democrat that [e.n current Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader] Dragnea,” External link

romania-insider Wednesday, January 9, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Obviously, the 2012 conditions - a real alternative to the current governance that goes badly - are not met, and our criticisms against the governance are mainly related to how the economy and the social side are managed, beyond the criticisms that the USR, PMP, PNL are making against the intervention in justice, but we have taken note of the statements of the Minister of Finance regarding the decisions that this government wants to make today, and we will certainly vote for the censure motion, to show just one thing: that we do not agree with these economic measures," External link

roumanie-en Friday, December 21, 2018 4:13:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "As of January 1, pensions are frozen. If the ordinance is adopted, the pension indexation law does not apply. What you do not know is that the salaries of the deputies will increase and, if you think you freeze pensions while increasing the salaries of the elected officials and the dignitaries, I, as a Social Democrat, cannot support it. Many of the employees in the budget sector, (...) voted for me, too, have voted for you, too, and their extra hours will not be paid now. Also, I think that those who voted for you are under 46 and contributors to the second pillar of pensions. The second pension pillar will be virtually abolished by this ordinance (...) The moment when the announced fees increase the prices in telecommunications, Romania will no longer be a competitive country. Otherwise, I appreciate the courage of a government that next year will have to borrow 6 billion euros to finance the budget deficit. For these reasons, the Pro Romania MPs will vote for the motion, and I heard that courage is not to be found in bookstores. There may be wisdom, intelligence, common sense," External link

roumanie-en Friday, December 21, 2018 4:13:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta : ”Atenuează efectele nocive ale Puterii centrale (analfabetă)” External link

hotnews-en Friday, December 14, 2018 6:51:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote ( about Rovana Plumb ) : “I'm certain that Rovana Plumb (like myself, or Chitoiu, or Cazanciuc) had no idea the Belina Lake would ultimately end up in the property of Teldrum! She is a mere collateral victim in this affair and as member of Parliament I will vote against approving her prosecution, and I believe all MPs from all parties should do the same,” External link

zfenglish Monday, September 25, 2017 11:23:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote ( about Liviu Dragnea ) : “How about it, Liviu? Can you do something for others and not just for yourself for once?!” External link

zfenglish Monday, September 25, 2017 11:23:00 AM EAT



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Ludovic Orban said ( about Victor Ponta ) : "Ponta was the national leader of PSD, he actually has a smaller PSD. There is not much difference, that is, there is almost no difference. I do not I forget Victor Ponta from the time he was chairman of PSD and prime minister, back then in the opposition, although part of my party for a while... so I was in an almost radical opposition. The coexistence pact, remember? After a campaign in which [former President of Romania] Basescu was practically transformed into the number 1 public enemy, he went without telling us anything and signed a coexistence pact with Basescu" External link

roumanie-en Friday, November 27, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Gabriela Firea said ( about Victor Ponta ) : "I did not want to put pressure on the party, to tell the party to do anything, to give them 200 parliamentarians just for me, I did not want to burden PSD only for Bucharest, so as to promise many positions of parliamentarians in the country and then, somehow, I should win, but all my colleagues in the country should consider me guilty that they have practically reduced their number of parliamentarians, because I am the reason they have eliminated maybe colleagues who are more deserving and who would have been cut off from the list to make way for those in Pro Romania. Now the waters have parted, I was indeed somewhat less communicatively involved as regards Mr. Basescu and Mr. Ponta in the campaign, because I went on the idea that each bird loves to hear himself sing. If you expose all those lies, the inventions of Mr. Basescu, who did nothing as general mayor, he indebted the most the Bucharesters, we have to pay serious money because of him, not to mention the Constanda case. (...) I am surprised, it was only his sharp tongue that got as much as he got, in my opinion he didn't deserve much, but that's it, there are a lot of people who are fooled only by a sharp and poisonous tongue," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Marcel Ciolacu said ( about Victor Ponta ) : "We waited first to see what the Government is proposing, we waited, we saw the ordinance (Emergency Ordinance 30/2020 - e.n.). In truth, the PSD proposed that 75% be covered by the state for furlough, however, I saw the conditions proposed so you can benefit from the 75 pct. It's a huge bureaucracy and we will come with amendments when the ordinance comes to Parliament. (...) What we agreed upon and what draft we came with today together with Mr. Tariceanu (ALDE's head) and Mr. Victor Ponta (Pro Romania leader) is very clear. In the ordinance, in order to benefit from the 75 pct, leaving aside the bureaucracy, there was a military order through which a restaurant was closed down and now the owner of the restaurant must ask the state for a paper to confirm that he was shut down through state order, non-sense. The recuperation of the 75 pct for the furlough is done after a month, already many SMEs are having cashflow problems and so we came today with the proposal to not pay for three months CAS (Social Security - e.n), the CASS (Social Health Insurance - e.n.) still be paid, because it goes straight to the health budget and in the next 12 months this CAS be paid in installments. It's a fair proposal," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, March 25, 2020 1:20:00 AM EAT

Marcel Ciolacu said ( about Victor Ponta ) : "We are waiting to be called to Cotroceni (Palace, ed. n.) by the President. I will have a discussion with Victor Ponta (Pro Romania's leader, ed. n.) regarding a Prime Minister proposal, so that we have a common proposal. We do not have the issue of creating a majority, we did not create this crisis. Today I had a single discussion with Mr. Ponta and we agreed to go with a common proposal in what regards the Prime Minister," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, February 6, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Viorica Dăncilă said ( about Victor Ponta ) : "His statements seem very dangerous to me. (...) And I think there are people who play with the words, they play with these statements and all these things affect Romania’s image. I will file a criminal complaint against Mr. Ponta and I call on him to bring evidence to support his statements," External link

roumanie-en Friday, September 6, 2019 6:37:00 AM EAT

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Victor Ponta said : "It had happened before, in 2011, when the USL officially proposed me for the prime minister office. I was a lot more nervous then, now I have more knowledge and a wider experience. At this moment for Pro Romania it is important to show it has a very concrete programme, it has a good team and it has a candidate to the prime minister position. I am most certainly honoured to be this candidate. I am looking forward to the debates with Mr. Orban, Ciolos, and whomever there might be from the PSD [the Social Democratic Party], as the PSD for now hasn't set the goal of winning the election or governing. Maybe they will endorse me, which, of course, would be somewhat commonsensical. In this campaign, I will present the Pro Romania proposals and I am positive that after December 6 we can start putting into practice everything we proposed. I hope you vote for this proposal Calin made. (...) In ten minutes we'll get down to business. Proposing is easy, achieving is more difficult, but not at all impossible," External link

roumanie-en Sunday, November 8, 2020 7:45:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "I am glad that people are coming to the polls. I, as every time lately, have not voted against anyone, I have voted for something, and I think that after so much hatred and scandal, as it has been in the past month, the next four years are going to be pretty bad. But let's hope that we will be in good health and that, instead of dealing with the elections, we will be dealing with health, education, and what is important to people. There will be no problems in Bucharest. Actually, there will be no problems in Bucharest, Cluj, Timisoara and Iasi. But there are 18,600 polling stations in the country, in poor towns, in rural towns, in villages, where conditions are different from those downtown Bucharest, so I am afraid that we did risk at this point. But let's hope that this year will end well, and let's hope that in December, when the parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place, we will be in good health for, as things stand, elections seem to be more important than our health, and that's not a good thing. It's a bad thing," External link

roumanie-en Sunday, September 27, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta added : "In Bucharest (...) people have all their need. But if you had voted in a smaller locality, with a smaller budget, with smaller resources, it is really very dangerous there. And I sincerely hope that those who cast that vote that is more important than their own health, I hope that they weren't wrong because otherwise, we all pay," External link

roumanie-en Sunday, September 27, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "I came to Slatina to express my support for Marius Balasa, for Mihai Nita, the candidate for the position of chairman of the County Council and for all of Pro Romania's candidates. I am convinced that on September 27 we lay a foundation for the future and through our local elected officials, mayors, deputy mayors, we can build what we want for 2024," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said ( about Liberal Parti ) : "Although the entire system was made so that nobody other than the PSD [Social Democratic Party] and the PNL [National Liberal Party] can do anything in elections in Romania, Pro Romania has very good candidates. Pro Romania is a long-term project, it's not only for September 27. We want in the coming period, even if we are in the opposition, because that's how you grow - in the opposition - to show the Government what it does wrong, to show what must be done and to try and contribute so that Romanians overcome the crisis in 2021 easier than they did the one in 2010. If people forgot how 2011 was, unfortunately we will remember, I see the same mistakes, 'there's no more money, we can't do that', but at the same time business as usual and the same arrangements, and in 2012 an important part of those here showed that Romania can be pulled out of the crisis. I hope that in 2022-2023 Romanians suffer less and we get out quicker and easier of the crisis period," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Unfortunately, in Ilfov, particularly, as it is the smallest county (...) but certainly the richest one, the interests are huge in terms of finance and the arrangements are enormous. Here, there is no PNL [National Liberal Party] or PSD [Social Democratic Party], let's be serious, here there is Hubert and Petrache, there is Pandele, there is no PNL or PSD, there is an arrangement. Unfortunately, to give you a bad piece of news, the arrangement is carried further, to Parliament. You understand that tomorrow's motion result has already been negotiated and even if all of us at Pro Romania vote in favour of the motion, I believe it has already been written, the votes have already been counted. Nothing will happen tomorrow, Orban and the well-funded gang from Ilfov is here to stay," External link

roumanie-en Sunday, August 30, 2020 6:43:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Unfortunately, in Ilfov, particularly, as it is the smallest county (...) but certainly the richest one, the interests are huge in terms of finance and the arrangements are enormous. Here, there is no PNL [National Liberal Party] or PSD [Social Democratic Party], let's be serious, here there is Hubert and Petrache, there is Pandele, there is no PNL or PSD, there is an arrangement. Unfortunately, to give you a bad piece of news, the arrangement is carried further, to Parliament. You understand that tomorrow's motion result has already been negotiated and even if all of us at Pro Romania vote in favour of the motion, I believe it has already been written, the votes have already been counted. Nothing will happen tomorrow, Orban and the well-funded gang from Ilfov is here to stay," External link

roumanie-en Sunday, August 30, 2020 6:43:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta told ( about Marcel Ciolacu ) : "There are 200,000 people [involved in the organisation]. We all go to those people. What are the chances of not getting infected if even only one is COVID stricken? (...) Obviously, the elections would need to be postponed. (...) At the moment, I have the certainty that I meet my candidate running in Baia Mare, after which I meet the one running in Mangalia, after which I take a picture with the one running in Calarasi, after which I take a picture with the one running Botosani, so what if one of them is infected? Ciolacu will also meet people, Orban will too, Barna will as well, remember that we have 3,200 mayoralties, 3,200 candidates, seven parties or something. We have to file in the bids. And I look around and say: do you really want us all to get sick?," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:51:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said ( about Marcel Ciolacu ) : "I had a discussion with Mr Ciolacu, I asked him, I told him that we are all in danger and it means that in October we will all be to blame. What is missing is for politicians to spread the virus throughout the country. (...) All communication is aberrant. First of all, you say: mask up, but neither Iohannis, nor Orban, nor the ministers wear any masks (...) Second [the novel coronavirus] is horrendous, it is dangerous, we have to lock ourselves up at home, but you go to the polls to vote for us," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:51:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta replied : "We participate in elections like in war, we see who returns. We participate in elections, to do what, run away?" External link

roumanie-en Thursday, July 23, 2020 6:51:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote : "Pro Romania has supported since its establishment the principle of progressive taxation (on financial - banking operations, capital, additional property, very high salaries and pensions, economic activities with excessive profit margins) in parallel with the decrease of labor taxation (decrease of the social security contribution), with deductibility of expenses on health and education and stimulating domestic production! A modern system that is being applied in all Western and developed countries! A necessary change after 15 years of flat tax, and given the severe social and economic inequalities that the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating every day!," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:10:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote ( about Ludovic Orban ) : "Today Romania is collecting the least amount of money (as a percentage of GDP) to the state budget of all EU countries. With Orban and PNL things will get increasingly worse. We will fight with Orban PNL / PDL for Romania's interest, because we are Pro Romania and we only support Romania," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:10:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta : "Starea de Urgenta are ca scop promovarea in functii publice fara concurs si fara nicio limita a pilelor si relatiilor PNL ( pe bani multi de la Buget - din taxele si impozitele romanilor - “curat liberali Monser" External link

hotnews-en Tuesday, May 12, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote : "Last night, we found out from the press about the existence of this bill. Pro Romania MPs have not voted for such a law - and Pro Romania senators will vote it down! We are convinced that the Romanian Senate will defeat this initiative - and Pro Romania will campaign in this regard," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, April 30, 2020 1:41:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote : "Today, at the meeting of the Chamber of Deputies, we will request a public information regarding the submission of this project and the reasons why the project was not submitted to debate and a vote in the Chamber of Deputies! We and the public must get an answer! We are Pro Romania and we only stick with Romania!" External link

roumanie-en Thursday, April 30, 2020 1:41:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote ( about Liberal Parti ) : "It is April 1 - the liars from PNL [National Liberal Party] are also fooling people with the story of special pensions," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:43:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Why don't you tell them the truth that it would be a great mistake and injustice to cut the pensions of the military staff precisely during this period when you see what special conditions their status implies? Why not explain that you cut only the pensions of the aviators (who brought the citizens back home) and the ambassadors (who work 24 hours a day to help the desperate Romanians)? Why not explain that in the case of magistrates the issue is not the pension but the fact that they retire too soon, after only 24 years of work (exactly when they have more experience and knowledge and can apply the law better)?," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:43:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "We, the Pro Romania party, don't enter agreements with those who have sold off PSD piece by piece during Dragnea's time, in Dancila's time or in Ciolacu's time. I thought that they will hold their congress on Saturday and will do some clean-up, make a new beginning with different people. But they didn't call the congress and when they will, it is my understanding that they will do it with Dragnea and Dancila's clique. (...) I kept assuming that maybe they'll change, maybe they'll realize what they did wrong, but yesterday was an eye opener, judging by the people who remain at PSD's helm," External link

agerpres-en Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:41:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "We, the Pro Romania party, don't enter agreements with those who have sold off PSD piece by piece during Dragnea's time, in Dancila's time or in Ciolacu's time. I thought that they will hold their congress on Saturday and will do some clean-up, make a new beginning with different people. But they didn't call the congress and when they will, it is my understanding that they will do it with Dragnea and Dancila's clique. (...) I kept assuming that maybe they'll change, maybe they'll realize what they did wrong, but yesterday was an eye opener, judging by the people who remain at PSD's helm," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:08:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Pro Romania's option is for a stable government, of professionals. (...) This is the solution we are willing to support. (...) I am not the type to back down, but I don't expect any surprise," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, February 27, 2020 10:14:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta told : "I think Romania needed and it still needs a professional government to deal with the country's problems, not the PNL problems," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, February 27, 2020 11:43:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "I am in Pro Romania and only in Pro Romania will I be, and I rely only on Pro Romania. If I relied on someone else it would mean making the same mistake every time. (...) Please continue rely only on yourselves in the ensuing electoral battle, only on yourselves. (...) We are Pro Romania, we fight for the Pro Romania candidates," External link

roumanie-en Monday, February 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "I don't think anyone spoke specifically about an alliance today" External link

roumanie-en Monday, February 17, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta asserted ( about Remus Pricopie ) : "Our nomination was Mr. Remus Pricopie, yet not for a PSD - Pro Romania government, but for a national union government, with Mr. Pricopie to pick the ministers together with whom he will get us through a period of obvious political crisis that could regress to an economic and social crisis, too. Because the extension of the current situation (...) means that essential draft laws, such as a budgetary rectification, let's say, cannot be passed in the next period," External link

roumanie-en Friday, February 7, 2020 10:25:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "It was no surprise that we, those with Pro Romania, will not vote for the investiture of the PNL Government. I don’t believe it was a surprise for Mr. Orban, simply because we are a new party that is growing. We are the only party that, at this moment, is still defending the interests of people, of those who are center-left. Unfortunately, the PSD [Social Democratic Party], as you saw, has degenerated in a clientelist - illiterate group and, at this moment, we will support a government only when we are convinced that projects of competency, of professionalism, of interest for our center-left electorate are guaranteed and represented," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "We only have one alliance between Pro Romania and ALDE, namely for supporting candidate Mircea Diaconu. We support Mircea Diaconu, but I don’t know if ALDE, which in the meantime has become an ally of the PNL, which party endorses Klaus Iohannis in the elections, can still support Diaconu. But if they do, everything will be just fine. There is no problem," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta added : "I believe that there was only one Senator who kept yelling to enter a merger, but, in the meantime, he left to merge with the PSD," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said ( about Ludovic Orban ) : "We are ready to discuss and support any project that we think could function. But in our opinion, the current project with PNL making the Government and four so-called allies who fight each other every time they meet is not a serious project and people will be hurt. (...) After the presidential elections, I hope they will come up with a realistic project, for we don’t think the current one will function. For now, we just wait for Mr. Orban to present a Government formula that makes sense. Until then ...," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, October 24, 2019 8:48:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "What I have said publicly stays. We have done a good thing in putting the Dancila government out of its misery, as it was a dead government anyway. Now, I understand that the Liberals want to form the government. We, being a leftist party, wish them good luck, and I do not think they count on us. (...) I think that at one time those who are social democrats will collaborate, but I mean collaboration for elections and then for the opposition," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta added : "I did not state any conditions at all, because no one from PNL asked me to vote for the government, and then there is no point in that. I can see that PMP, USR, UDMR are claiming conditions, we are not claiming nay. We have had no discussion with Mr Orban after the censure motion. (...) I saw last night that one of the PNL leaders was saying that the new government should work only for President Iohannis, for the PNL electorate and for PNL. And then I say that he is right. We will vote for any government that will work for Mircea Diaconu, for the Pro Romania electorate and for Pro Romania," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Yes. He will tell it to you, too. Me telling you the name would not be polite" External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "It is a very strange motion - theoretically it puts down a government, but we have no government anymore. Not to mention the fact that we no longer have Minister of the Interior, we have no Minister for Education, the Environment, Energy. We are talking about a government which no longer exists and which, whatever you do, today or tomorrow it ceases its activity. (...) I have never heard of a prime minister to call a hundred parliamentarians to tell them they will be ministers. (...) I think we have a duty today to bury the dead," External link

roumanie-en Friday, October 11, 2019 7:33:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said ( about Liviu Dragnea ) : "I found out that I am a very bad man from Mrs. Dancila. I am indeed a bad man because I put her on the list in 2014. But a bad man, Liviu Dragnea, put her prime minister," External link

roumanie-en Friday, October 11, 2019 7:33:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "We have the motion read tomorrow and debated and voted on next Thursday, October 10," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, October 3, 2019 7:38:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “If she does not come on Wednesday… we’ll have no other option… but to support the no-confidence motion that I hope our colleagues from PNL and USR will file,” External link

euractiv-eu-fr Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:29:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote : "We will not vote for a new ’Dancila 2’ government as incompetent and incapable as this one. (...) To form a new government until the parliamentary elections of 2020 PRO Romania will try to form a center-left majority (obviously without Dancila), that is capable of going back to the good ruling from 2012 - 2015. We will not be part of a right-wing PNL-USR [National Liberal Party-Save Romania Union] government - and we do not consider that they have realistic solutions for getting Romania out of the disaster in which the country was brought by Dragnea [e.n. - former PSD leader] and Dancila," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:04:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "We will support Mircea Diaconu in the presidential elections in order to have a decent, serious MAN in the runoff, able to offer Romania another kind of politics - we will unmask the falsehood and the harmfulness of Vioricai Dancila’s candidacy - a puppet of Dragnea and the barons, willing to destroy social democracy for some petty interests," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:04:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta affirmed ( about Viorica Dăncilă ) : "We had only one meeting, after which she ran to CExN [National Executive Committee] to say that she does not want [e.n. - with PRO Romania in government] - exactly what I had told her that we cannot support her in the presidential elections. She lied to those from CExN, for example, she said that I had asked for nine minister positions. Never. Mrs. Dancila also inherited from Mr. Dragnea [e.n.former PSD leader] the fact that she lies to those in CExN. Lucky for those in CExN that they call me and find out the truth," External link

roumanie-en Friday, September 6, 2019 6:37:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Then I will call the masked special ops to remove her from the Government, what else can we do? She would be the second PSD leader to leave with the masked special ops" External link

roumanie-en Friday, September 6, 2019 6:37:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said ( about Mircea Diaconu ) : "Most of my colleagues agreed that we should endorse Mr Mircea Diaconu in running for president, for he is not the usual candidate. We already tried with political party leaders becoming presidents before and we saw that, regardless if they won or lost, they weren’t able to detach themselves from the party, and maybe they shouldn’t have in the first place. Maybe this time an independent candidate like Mr Diaconu - for he won’t be a member of Pro Romania - (....) could be the solution that Romania expects from this November’s elections," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, August 27, 2019 6:07:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote : "On 22 July I said that ’if ALDE leaves the governance, we are willing to discuss a common political project!.’ Today, we made great progress in this regard! We did not make decisions - but we discussed and made progress! When more people sit at the table with good intentions - there is a greater chance of success. There is a need for a huge change in the way the country is governed / a total ’reset’ of the public administration and the economic direction. We need to find solutions and people capable of applying them. We are Pro Romania and we support Romania!," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:14:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta stated : "We haven’t met in a three-person format. (...) Mrs. Dancila called me in order to see me. Of course, I met Mrs Dancila. Why not meet her? After I saw Mrs Dancila, we had spoken some time ago, when I was on vacation, I met Mr Tariceanu. Afterwards I met with my colleagues, with Mihai Tudose, Sorin Cimpeanu. It wasn’t about: let’s sit down and find a solution. I even said it publicly that we have two problems. One, it doesn’t work that way with the governance. (...) I said: you have to restructure a public administration which everybody hates. (...) The second, the candidacy part. If we all [submit] our candidacies, we will fight for the 3rd place. Afterwards, between the first and the runoff voting we will live a difficult moment. We shall be asked who do we vote with," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:23:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta stated ( about Viorica Dăncilă ) : "Firstly, Mrs Dancila told me in private what she also said publicly, that she would want us to endorse one candidate, but, certainly belonging to the PSD. Mr. Tariceanu says: I want to endorse one candidate, namely him. And I say: explain to me why should I do it. Mrs Dancila’s argument was so that one candidate enter the runoff voting," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:23:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta stated : "At the moment, there isn’t a positive or negative response. Firstly because I cannot decide alone, I have to talk to those I started this road with, with Pro Romania, with Daniel Constantin, Sorin Cimpeanu. (...) And secondly, I want to know what is the plan, so that things go well" External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:23:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta added ( about Viorica Dăncilă ) : "The CEx meeting takes place tomorrow, the two ladies will be fighting. It’s very clear to me what will happen, because I went through this. (...) The Social Democrats would never let their leader not run. (...) Mrs Dancila won’t get away, she will be the candidate. I believe that she will run. I believe that the CEx meeting will endorse Dancila, because she is the party leader and I believe that she will run," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:23:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta stated : "I don’t think that Firea will run independently and she will be making a mistake running independently because we have the precedent of Sorin Oprescu," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:23:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote : "We have had informal talks today with Mrs. Viorica Dancila and Mr. Calin Popescu-Tariceanu. We insisted only on the main objective of PRO Romania - a radical change from everything that happened between January 2017 and 27 May, 2019: ensuring efficient governing and real reforms in public administration, economy and finance, education, health, the environment, and so on," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, July 23, 2019 5:18:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta added : "Obviously, we have not made any decision on political candidacies or collaboration (such decisions can only be made by the PRO Romania team), as we also did when we talked with the Opposition leaders or President Iohannis, I showed willingness to dialogue - but we presented and supported the views of PRO Romania and the social and economic interests that we represent. We are PRO Romania - and we are (only) on Romania’s side," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, July 23, 2019 5:18:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “Some members have a friendship relationship with Richard, but ProRomania is a pro-European progressive party and has never initiated a process to join the ECR. ProRomania is opting for a progressive, pro-European political family,” External link

euractiv-en Thursday, May 30, 2019 5:11:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “I’m sorry that this man, blinded by pride and viciousness, pulled Romania, the government, parliament, an entire party and the honor of millions of people into a hole with him,” External link

therepublic Tuesday, May 28, 2019 1:30:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “I’m sorry that this man, blinded by pride and viciousness, pulled Romania, the government, parliament, an entire party and the honor of millions of people into a hole with him,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, May 27, 2019 11:02:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "I'm sorry that this man, blinded by pride and viciousness, pulled Romania, the government, parliament, an entire party and the honor of millions of people into a hole with him," External link

news-yahoo Monday, May 27, 2019 9:07:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “I’m sorry that this man, blinded by pride and viciousness, pulled Romania, the government, parliament, an entire party and the honour of millions of people into a hole with him,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, May 27, 2019 7:12:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta mentioned : "It’s clear that the Romanian society wants a change. We are the ones who understood faster that Mr. Dragnea was taking Romania to the cliff’s edge. I want to recall that the PSD, in 2014, also with Corina Cretu on the first spot, with me, took 37 pct of the vote and the PNL [National Liberal Party] took 14 pct. Now things have changed. The fact that Dragnea did not understand them with his clique of individuals is just a very clear message for the entire center and center-left electorate of Romania," External link

roumanie-en Monday, May 27, 2019 4:53:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Firstly, I came to vote because everyone has to come, because only today any person is more powerful than any politician, with the vote. Secondly, I voted because, of the instinct of self-preservation, when you see someone driving the car into the abyss, you pull the steering wheel, you do something, you do not go to commit suicide," External link

roumanie-en Monday, May 27, 2019 4:53:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “I’ve been a social-democrat all my life, and still believe modern social democracy is the family that I fit in,” External link

euractiv-eu-fr Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:43:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “Some members have a friendship relationship with Richard, but ProRomania is a pro-European progressive party and has never initiated a process to join the ECR. ProRomania is opting for a progressive, pro-European political family,” External link

euractiv-eu-fr Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:43:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta told ( about Liviu Dragnea ) : "I think that something more important is at play on May 26 than voting for the 32 Romanians. We give others courage too to rise against Dragnea. We must persuade those who are still staying with Dragnea and the PSD to abandon them and rise up against him. These are the big stakes of the May 26 battle," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:13:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "We are fighting, and I hope we convince others too," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:13:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta says ( about Liviu Dragnea ) : "A priority is replacing Mr Dragnea from the Chamber of Deputies (...) Actually, Achilles’ heel is there if you want to be successful. Otherwise, any motion of censure, as long as neither the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) nor the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) cast their votes, you will not succeed; there will be only failure (...) As long as Mr Dragnea stays up there at the desk and can negotiate with UDMR and ALDE you do not stand a chance. So, from the point of view of Pro Romania, bringing the battle to the Chamber of Deputies is a priority," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:13:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : “It could have been a huge opportunity to prove to our European partners that we are really at the same standards, but also to put on the agenda some issues which are very important for Romania,” External link

msn-uk Wednesday, May 8, 2019 8:42:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta spune : ”Activitățile de acest gen au încetat în Europa după scandalul Cambdridge Analytica / însă este continuat de firme rusești care au influențat și BREXITUL și campaniile electorale / practic PSD da acces la datele personale ale românilor unor asemenea organizațîi ostile României și Uniunii Europene” External link

hotnews-en Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:27:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta pointed out : "If this loan had been taken for an investment (...), it is a loan I would have praised (...). Unfortunately, as you know, the 3 billion are for current expenses, namely pensions, salaries and other expenses... they will be gone, there will be nothing left behind. Only a 5.2 billion euro debt, which we all have to pay," External link

roumanie-en Monday, April 1, 2019 8:15:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "If we had had a project to ask money for, we could have borrowed money from the international financial institutions, the EIB, the EBRD, at half the interest, maybe less than half. But if you don’t have projects, you go and take money from banks, and banks give it to you at a huge interest. (...) We borrowed 3 billion, we give back 5 billion and we don’t do anything with the money," External link

roumanie-en Monday, April 1, 2019 8:15:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta told : "In the form this budget was presented the days before, it is a fake, it is not a realistic, serious budget, and the manner in which it is attempted to be passed through Parliament, to file the amendments in 24 hours, it is very clear that in Parliament there will be no desire and we won’t be allowed to have real debate and analysis. The first call on the Government is to take the draft back and try to improve it here and there, in its essential parts, so that it should be an as realistic as possible budget. Otherwise, the revisions that will follow - a revision cannot be done before July - will actually be entirely different budgets from what is hastily and forcedly adopted in the days to come," External link

roumanie-en Monday, February 11, 2019 2:52:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta maintained : "Absolutely all analysts - the European Commission, the Monetary Fund, the World Bank - all those who are in charge with these things, have assessed the evolution of the Romanian economy in an optimistic manner at somewhere between 3.5 and 3.8 percent. There are also less optimistic predictions. Nowhere, in no variant is there the 5.5 percent projection which the budget was built on, a projection probably made by Mr. Darius Valcov. The thing that happens with these projections is that the economic growth is inflated so that you can inflate the deficit, so that you can inflate the expenditure," External link

roumanie-en Monday, February 11, 2019 2:52:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta said ( about Corina Creţu ) : “We would be very happy if Corina Creţu decided to run again, because she hasn’t decided yet. Secondly, if she decided, if we would convince her to run on our list. I think any party in Romania would like to have a European commissioner on its list,” External link

romania-insider Wednesday, January 9, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta explained : “She would make a strong candidate first of all because she is about ten times more social democrat that [e.n current Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader] Dragnea,” External link

romania-insider Wednesday, January 9, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "Obviously, the 2012 conditions - a real alternative to the current governance that goes badly - are not met, and our criticisms against the governance are mainly related to how the economy and the social side are managed, beyond the criticisms that the USR, PMP, PNL are making against the intervention in justice, but we have taken note of the statements of the Minister of Finance regarding the decisions that this government wants to make today, and we will certainly vote for the censure motion, to show just one thing: that we do not agree with these economic measures," External link

roumanie-en Friday, December 21, 2018 4:13:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta said : "As of January 1, pensions are frozen. If the ordinance is adopted, the pension indexation law does not apply. What you do not know is that the salaries of the deputies will increase and, if you think you freeze pensions while increasing the salaries of the elected officials and the dignitaries, I, as a Social Democrat, cannot support it. Many of the employees in the budget sector, (...) voted for me, too, have voted for you, too, and their extra hours will not be paid now. Also, I think that those who voted for you are under 46 and contributors to the second pillar of pensions. The second pension pillar will be virtually abolished by this ordinance (...) The moment when the announced fees increase the prices in telecommunications, Romania will no longer be a competitive country. Otherwise, I appreciate the courage of a government that next year will have to borrow 6 billion euros to finance the budget deficit. For these reasons, the Pro Romania MPs will vote for the motion, and I heard that courage is not to be found in bookstores. There may be wisdom, intelligence, common sense," External link

roumanie-en Friday, December 21, 2018 4:13:00 PM EAT

Victor Ponta : ”Atenuează efectele nocive ale Puterii centrale (analfabetă)” External link

hotnews-en Friday, December 14, 2018 6:51:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote ( about Rovana Plumb ) : “I'm certain that Rovana Plumb (like myself, or Chitoiu, or Cazanciuc) had no idea the Belina Lake would ultimately end up in the property of Teldrum! She is a mere collateral victim in this affair and as member of Parliament I will vote against approving her prosecution, and I believe all MPs from all parties should do the same,” External link

zfenglish Monday, September 25, 2017 11:23:00 AM EAT

Victor Ponta wrote ( about Liviu Dragnea ) : “How about it, Liviu? Can you do something for others and not just for yourself for once?!” External link

zfenglish Monday, September 25, 2017 11:23:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
leader0.57%EN10/13/201713/10/2017
socialiste0.09%FR10/10/201710/10/2017
ministre socialiste0.06%FR10/10/201710/10/2017
premier ministre socialiste0.06%FR10/10/201710/10/2017
premierul1.73%RO09/16/201716/09/2017
premierului1.19%RO09/16/201716/09/2017
premier4.15%EN09/12/201712/09/2017
prime minister33.98%EN09/04/201704/09/2017
minister24.87%EN09/04/201704/09/2017
premier ministre roumain3.05%FR08/23/201723/08/2017
deputy0.03%EN08/08/201708/08/2017
ministre roumain0.15%FR07/14/201714/07/2017
premier1.25%RO06/25/201725/06/2017
primeiro-ministro1.40%PT06/21/201721/06/2017
prédécesseur0.03%FR06/21/201721/06/2017
deputatul0.03%RO06/20/201720/06/2017
mp0.09%EN04/24/201724/04/2017
prim-ministru0.03%RO04/02/201702/04/2017
lawmaker0.03%EN03/10/201710/03/2017
lower chamber lawmaker0.03%EN03/10/201710/03/2017
ministre3.11%FR03/09/201709/03/2017
premierului de atunci0.03%RO02/09/201709/02/2017
social-démocrate1.73%FR02/07/201707/02/2017
premier ministre social-démocrate1.70%FR02/07/201707/02/2017
ministre social-démocrate1.22%FR02/07/201707/02/2017
head0.09%EN02/05/201705/02/2017
premierul de atunci0.03%RO01/05/201705/01/2017
chief0.03%EN12/12/201612/12/2016
démocrate0.03%FR12/11/201611/12/2016
liderul0.03%RO12/11/201611/12/2016
Names Lang Count
Victor PontaEN21.59%
Victor PontaFR11.33%
Victor PontaRO9.29%
Victor PontaPT8.01%
Victor PontaHU7.31%
Victor PontaEU7.31%
Victor PontaES7.31%
Victor PontaDE7.31%
Victor PontaSK7.31%
Victor PontaIT7.31%
Victor PONTAEN1.42%
Victor PONTAES1.42%
Victor PONTAFR1.42%
Victor PONTAPT1.42%
Victor PontaSA0.07%
Víctor PontaPT0.07%
Víctor PontaES0.05%
Victor PontaIS0.03%


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Ludovic Orban said ( about Victor Ponta ) : "Ponta was the national leader of PSD, he actually has a smaller PSD. There is not much difference, that is, there is almost no difference. I do not I forget Victor Ponta from the time he was chairman of PSD and prime minister, back then in the opposition, although part of my party for a while... so I was in an almost radical opposition. The coexistence pact, remember? After a campaign in which [former President of Romania] Basescu was practically transformed into the number 1 public enemy, he went without telling us anything and signed a coexistence pact with Basescu" External link

roumanie-en Friday, November 27, 2020 7:35:00 PM EAT

Gabriela Firea said ( about Victor Ponta ) : "I did not want to put pressure on the party, to tell the party to do anything, to give them 200 parliamentarians just for me, I did not want to burden PSD only for Bucharest, so as to promise many positions of parliamentarians in the country and then, somehow, I should win, but all my colleagues in the country should consider me guilty that they have practically reduced their number of parliamentarians, because I am the reason they have eliminated maybe colleagues who are more deserving and who would have been cut off from the list to make way for those in Pro Romania. Now the waters have parted, I was indeed somewhat less communicatively involved as regards Mr. Basescu and Mr. Ponta in the campaign, because I went on the idea that each bird loves to hear himself sing. If you expose all those lies, the inventions of Mr. Basescu, who did nothing as general mayor, he indebted the most the Bucharesters, we have to pay serious money because of him, not to mention the Constanda case. (...) I am surprised, it was only his sharp tongue that got as much as he got, in my opinion he didn't deserve much, but that's it, there are a lot of people who are fooled only by a sharp and poisonous tongue," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Marcel Ciolacu said ( about Victor Ponta ) : "We waited first to see what the Government is proposing, we waited, we saw the ordinance (Emergency Ordinance 30/2020 - e.n.). In truth, the PSD proposed that 75% be covered by the state for furlough, however, I saw the conditions proposed so you can benefit from the 75 pct. It's a huge bureaucracy and we will come with amendments when the ordinance comes to Parliament. (...) What we agreed upon and what draft we came with today together with Mr. Tariceanu (ALDE's head) and Mr. Victor Ponta (Pro Romania leader) is very clear. In the ordinance, in order to benefit from the 75 pct, leaving aside the bureaucracy, there was a military order through which a restaurant was closed down and now the owner of the restaurant must ask the state for a paper to confirm that he was shut down through state order, non-sense. The recuperation of the 75 pct for the furlough is done after a month, already many SMEs are having cashflow problems and so we came today with the proposal to not pay for three months CAS (Social Security - e.n), the CASS (Social Health Insurance - e.n.) still be paid, because it goes straight to the health budget and in the next 12 months this CAS be paid in installments. It's a fair proposal," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, March 25, 2020 1:20:00 AM EAT

Marcel Ciolacu said ( about Victor Ponta ) : "We are waiting to be called to Cotroceni (Palace, ed. n.) by the President. I will have a discussion with Victor Ponta (Pro Romania's leader, ed. n.) regarding a Prime Minister proposal, so that we have a common proposal. We do not have the issue of creating a majority, we did not create this crisis. Today I had a single discussion with Mr. Ponta and we agreed to go with a common proposal in what regards the Prime Minister," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, February 6, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Viorica Dăncilă said ( about Victor Ponta ) : "His statements seem very dangerous to me. (...) And I think there are people who play with the words, they play with these statements and all these things affect Romania’s image. I will file a criminal complaint against Mr. Ponta and I call on him to bring evidence to support his statements," External link

roumanie-en Friday, September 6, 2019 6:37:00 AM EAT