Why do we get involved?
We want a change of attitude at the level of political parties
The government led by Dacian Cioloş gave the parties a respite to meet the expectations of the Romanians to have an honest, open, society-oriented government. Moreover, in October 2016, we launched 10 principles for a new Romania and a plan of action. Our intent was to offer a binder to political forces prepared to support a process of modernization of Romanian society beyond the immediate interest of politicians or political parties. This transformation did not take place. A good part of the political class still lacks an elementary common sense which can dictate to someone that is a public official not to use this title to serve his/her own interests.
Romania needs a long-term development project. Romania needs a prepared political class, capable and willing to assume its implementation.
Romanians need a credible, functional project with a vision for the country's development. So far they only receive short-term solutions, many illusions and, especially, long-term payment notes. Throughout this time, development opportunities within the European Union are being reconfigured: the European project is redefined, new models of political-institutional governance appear, with a different allocation of resources. At the geostrategic and military level, NATO's coherence and consistency will be tested to the fullest.
As a nation, we can do more than we have shown so far.
Romania has the potential to meet these challenges, but this potential must be understood, modeled, promoted and, above all, valorized. This is the project where we believe we need to invest energy and resources alongside all the modernizing forces of this country, both political parties and civil society. We know more than we have said so far. Some of us went out in the street, others joined with the thought. But there are many who feel that we need to do something more, concretely, to make sure that our system of values is not trampled by people in power through and for lie, theft and imposture. There is a lot of frustration and a lot of worry in the country. But there are even more ideas, plenty of of competence and a lot of courage. And, above all, there are Romanians who want to do more than just react to injustice and incompetence.
That is why we are building a platform to help make these positive energies worthwhile. We need a polical environment that wants the same things as us, who believes in the same values that shape the design and vision of the future of Romania. We need competent and responsible politicians. These are the real and concrete objectives of the country. These are the objectives of the Romania 100 Platform..
We invite you to join the Platform, join us but, more than that, we expect you to get involved with your expertise and ideas.
What Romania 100 will do
Romania 100 platform grows from the desire of each of us to assume a greater degree of civic consciousness and activation than ever before. We will make ideas and concrete projects of development of Romania to meet the people who are currently or in the days to come willing to assume this, people who are involved or will be involved in the future government of the country. And because 100 is an important symbol, of the centenary of modern Romania, we wish that 2018 will find us ready for this moment.
We rely on the experience, vision and ability of our members. Our projects will include the strategic framework - where it is lacking - the necessary legislative measures, the budget and its coverage in a budget estimate based on realistic figures and, last but not least, human resources for their application. In developing these projects, we will involve all relevant actors in the spirit of transparency and participation. The project leaders, together with the teams around them who have contributed to the elaboration, will support their projects and the data behind them in public debates organized by Romania 100 Platform. Where the project involves changes or new legislative initiatives, we will also formulate these legislative proposals, who will be submitted to the political parties present in Parliament to take over and promote them.
The members of the Romania 100 Platform, people active around these projects could be the future politicians who will propose to the electorate another way to make politics, with responsibility, honesty, professionalism, integrity. No surprises, no false biographies. The electorate will have time to weigh them, appreciate their ideas and commitment, and see them at work. Romania needs informed and assumed votes, not populism and demagogic slippages.
We know that the original sin of Romanian politics is funding. Politics has a cost, and it's too big. Presence on TV costs, electoral materials cost, meetings cost, the mere existence of a politician who does not have another profession or source of income, that costs. Then comes the first compromise, the first deviation from morality. The money given to a party or a politician outside the established legal framework creates dependencies that inevitably lead later to corruption and a political model centered on private interest, to the detriment of the public. That is why, for us, funding is a matter of strict verticalism. We will only accept and use legal contributions and funding, in full transparency. We will periodically publish the Platform's budget execution and we will transfer this transparency model to any future political project built around the Romania 100 Platform.
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