PM Ponta: I will send an invitation to PDL leadership on Monday to discussions on IMF arrangement, 2014 budget

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Prime Minister Victor Ponta told B1 private broadcaster that on Monday he will send an invitation to the leadership of the opposition Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) to discussions on a new arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the 2014 national budget.

He explained that he does not want the letter of intent to the IMF to be just another decision of the Government.

‘The letter of intent is signed by the governor of the National Bank of Romania and the finance minister, but it is being approved by Romania’s President, Mr. Basescu, me and 15 more ministers, after which it goes to Parliament to become law. I do not want it to be just another decision of the Government. We have had negotiations, we can unveil the entire text, we will introduce it to Parliament – I think I will go before Parliament on September 8 or 10 – and in the end it is a decision of the entire Parliament,’ said Ponta.

He added that his option is to try to avoid political battles for as long as possible. ‘There will be a European election. My option in in favour of cooperation,’ said Ponta.

Ponta said he is not using the term cohabitation, which he claimed was suggested for the text of the agreement with the President by presidential adviser Iulian Chifu. ‘I have changed in into institutional cooperation,’ said Ponta.

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