PRO Romania Social Liberal

PRO România Social Liberal
AbbreviationPRO
PresidentVictor Ponta
Secretary-GeneralAlin Văcaru
SpokespersonGabriela Podașcă
Founded20 February 2018
Merger ofAlliance of Liberals and Democrats
Split fromSocial Democratic Party
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats
IdeologySocial liberalism
Political positionCentre[1] to centre-left[2]
European affiliationEuropean Democratic Party
European Parliament groupProgressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Colors  Blue
  Red
  Yellow
Chamber of Deputies
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Senate
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European Parliament
1 / 33
Website
proromania.ro

PRO Romania Social Liberal (Romanian: PRO România Social Liberal, PRO) is a social-liberal[3][4] political party in Romania.

History

The founding of PRO Romania was initiated in 2017 by former Prime Minister Victor Ponta, former acting Prime Minister and Minister of Education Sorin Cîmpeanu and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Daniel Constantin. The party was formally established on 20 February 2018 in Bucharest.

Corina Crețu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, announced on 17 January 2019 that she will candidate in the European Parliament election on behalf of PRO Romania.[5] She will be at the second position in the list after Victor Ponta.[6]

Only 4 days later, senator and former Minister of National Defence Adrian Țuțuianu announced that he joined the party[7], becoming the first senator to join PRO Romania.[8]

PRO Romania is currently represented in the Romanian Parliament by 20 deputies[9] and 1 senator[8] and in the European Parliament by 2 MEPs.[10]

The party joined the European political party European Democratic Party in February 2019.[11] However, its MEPs sit in the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats and not in the Renew Europe group.

In 2020 Alliance of Liberals and Democrats merged into PRO Romania, and the expanded party has renamed itself into PRO Romania Social Liberal.[12]

Members

Since its establishment, many high-profile former members of PSD or ALDE[13] have joined PRO Romania, including:

Electoral history

Presidential elections

Election Candidate First round
Votes Percentage Position
2019 Mircea Diaconu1 815,201
8.85%
 4th 

Notes:

1 Mircea Diaconu was the candidate of the "One Man" Alliance; alliance members: Pro Romania and ALDE.

European elections

Election Votes Percentage MEPs Position EU Party EP Group
2019 583,916 6.44%
1 / 33
 4th  EDP S&D

References

  1. ^ Andra Banea; Robert Steenland; Simona Brăileanu (4 April 2019). "EU country briefing: Romania". Euractiv. First, former Prime Minister Ponta (who left the PSD) created a new centrist party dubbed PRO Romania, which has taken over some of PSD’s support.
  2. ^ Ilie, Luiza; Marinas, Radu-Sorin (4 November 2019). "Romanian government wins confidence vote, key for EU policymaking". Reuters.
  3. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram (2020). "Romania". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Victor Ponta, în partidul Pro România, alături de Daniel Constantin: Nu mi-am propus să rup PSD". Libertatea.ro (in Romanian). 2017-09-03. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  5. ^ Redacția (2019-01-17). "Oficial: Corina Crețu va candida din partea partidului lui Victor Ponta la europarlamentare". G4Media.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  6. ^ "Europarlamentare. Țuțuianu: Victor Ponta și Corina Crețu deschid lista Pro România". www.dcnews.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  7. ^ "Adrian Țuțuianu a făcut ANUNȚUL - Dat afară din PSD, fostul ministru se înscrie în partidul condus de Victor Ponta". Stiri pe surse. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  8. ^ a b "Adrian Țuțuianu s-a înscris în partidul lui Victor Ponta". Digi24 (in Romanian). Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  9. ^ Angheluș, Marinela (2019-02-01). "Răsturnare de situație pe scena politică: PRO România, cot la cot cu ALDE în Camera Deputaților". PSnews (in Romanian). Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  10. ^ "Advanced search | Search | MEPs | European Parliament | Romania". www.europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  11. ^ "Five new members joined the European Democrats | European Democrats – European Democratic Party". www.democrats.eu. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  12. ^ "ALDE & Pro România fuzionează și formează Pro România Social Liberal". Europa Liberă România (in Romanian). Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  13. ^ "Ponta Comeback Alarms Romania's Ruling Party". Balkaninsight.com. 2018-05-25. Retrieved 2018-10-09.