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PRO Romania
PRO Romania
PRO România
AbbreviationPRO
PresidentVictor Ponta
Alin V?caru
SpokespersonGabriela Poda?c?
FounderVictor Ponta
Founded20 February 2018
Split fromSocial Democratic Party (PSD)
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE)
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
Senate
Chamber of Deputies
European Parliament
Mayors
County Councilors
Local Council Councilors
Website
proromania.ro

PRO Romania (Romanian: PRO România, 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 Cre?u, 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 ?u?uianu announced that he joined the party,[7] becoming the first senator to join PRO Romania.[8]

In 2019, PRO Romania was 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, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats merged into PRO Romania, and the expanded party has renamed itself into PRO Romania Social-Liberal (Romanian: PRO România Social-Liberal).[12]

On 26 January 2021, the executive bureau of PRO Romania met to stop the merger procedure between the party and ALDE, thereby formally ceasing the union between the two parties.[13] As of March 2021, PRO Romania is solely active at local political level in Romania.

Members

Since its establishment, many high-profile former members of PSD or ALDE[14] have joined PRO Romania, including:

Electoral history

Legislative elections

Election Chamber Senate Position Aftermath
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
2016 did not exist1
did not exist
-- PSD-ALDE government (2017-2018)
Opposition to PSD-ALDE government (2018-2019)
Opposition to PSD minority government (2019)
Supporting PNL minority government (2019-2020)
Opposition to PNL minority government (2020)
2020 236,454 4.16
238,888 4.19
 7th  Extra-parliamentary opposition to PNL-USR PLUS-UDMR government (2020-present)

Notes:

1 the MPs were elected on PSD & ALDE lists.

Local elections

Election County Councilors (CJ) Mayors Local Councilors (CL) Popular vote % Position
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
2020 356,030 4.95
331,854 4.09
381,535 4.76
N/A N/A  5th 

Presidential elections

Election Candidate First round Second round
Votes Percentage Position Votes Percentage Position
2019 Mircea Diaconu1 815,201
8.85%
 4th  not qualified

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%
 4th  EDP S&D

References

  1. ^ Andra Banea; Robert Steenland; Simona Br?ileanu (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 2020.
  4. ^ "Victor Ponta, în partidul Pro România, al?turi de Daniel Constantin: Nu mi-am propus s? rup PSD". Libertatea.ro (in Romanian). 2017-09-03. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Redac?ia (2019-01-17). "Oficial: Corina Cre?u va candida din partea partidului lui Victor Ponta la europarlamentare". G4Media.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Europarlamentare. ?u?uianu: Victor Ponta ?i Corina Cre?u deschid lista Pro România". www.dcnews.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Adrian ?u?uianu a f?cut ANUN?UL - Dat afar? din PSD, fostul ministru se înscrie în partidul condus de Victor Ponta". Stiri pe surse. Retrieved .
  8. ^ a b "Adrian ?u?uianu s-a înscris în partidul lui Victor Ponta". Digi24 (in Romanian). Retrieved .
  9. ^ Anghelu?, Marinela (2019-02-01). "R?sturnare de situa?ie pe scena politic?: PRO România, cot la cot cu ALDE în Camera Deputa?ilor". PSnews (in Romanian). Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Advanced search | Search | MEPs | European Parliament | Romania". www.europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Five new members joined the European Democrats | European Democrats - European Democratic Party". www.democrats.eu. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "ALDE & Pro România fuzioneaz? ?i formeaz? Pro România Social Liberal". Europa Liber? România (in Romanian). Retrieved .
  13. ^ Pecheanu, Gabriel (2021-01-26). "Pro România a convocat un congres extraordinar pentru întreruperea demersurilor de fuziune cu ALDE". Mediafax (in Romanian). Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Ponta Comeback Alarms Romania's Ruling Party". Balkaninsight.com. 2018-05-25. Retrieved .

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