On Tuesday, the ALDE Group formalised the return of Romanian MEP Norica Nicolai to the European Parliament's Liberal Group. Staying true to her liberal values, Norica Nicolai tried in vain for the Romanian Partidul National Liberal (PNL) to stay with the European Liberal Democrats. She motivated her decision to move back to the ALDE Group by saying on Romanian television that: "I came to this party (PNL) for a belief and a set of values. A clear provision in the Statutes of the party stipulated that it had to be part of the ALDE political family. That provision now has been removed."
The PNL Congress voted two weeks ago to join the EPP.