‘I am in constant contact with the citizens, both by direct meetings across the country and by means of my blog. In my opinion, the Romanian voters have fortunately reached a phase of maturity at which they can tell the politician concerned over the way the that the economic crisis affects his/her electoral campaign from the politician concerned over the impact of the crisis on his/her co-nationals’, Cretu said.
She argued that the Romanians’ options are already set and the 30 days of electoral campaign will not change such options too much.
‘I see the electoral campaign as an opportunity to communicate with the voters even closer, rather than as a hunt for votes in which the electoral funds thrown into the battle have a decisive say’, she stressed.
On the voters’ turnout, the Social Democrat MEP said there unfortunately is a general European tendency not to go to such balloting.
‘Since the first Euro-parliamentary elections in 1979, there has been a constant drop in the voter turnout and such negative trend is specific of the Romanian political life too when compared to the first free elections in 1990.
This is the main reason why I believe we owe it to the electorate to better explain the importance of the European policies on the citizen’s life. When nearly two-thirds of the Romanian legislation is European legislation, I think we should all be more concerned with the political debate in Brussels and Strasbourg’, Cretu insisted.
She said the Romanian political rhetoric on the whole had deteriorated year after year and it attained a worrying pace over the last period.
‘Unfortunately, the discrepancy between the European style of politics and the Romanian level has become larger and larger, instead of seeing a rise in the level of civility on the domestic political stage.
But I believe people are fed up with trivialities and they expect us to seriously deal with the things that really have an influence on their life. This economic crisis is a cold shower for everybody in many respects’, Cretu said.