On Sunday 6 December, Romanians will go to the polls to vote in the country’s parliamentary elections. ALDE Party member Uniunea Salvați România (USR) runs in a coalition entitled Alliance 2020 together with Partidul Libertății, Unității și Solidarității (PLUS).
The coalition is led by USR leader Dan Barna and PLUS leader and President of the Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament Dacian Cioloș. Last year, this same coalition ran in the European Parliament elections, securing 8 out of 32 MEP seats.
Alliance 2020 has put forward a strong reform plan, which focuses on good governance and anti-corruption that improves Romania’s state system. The coalition lists up to 40 commitments for better health care, schools and public infrastructure. You can access the electoral programme here for more.
The polls of 25 November showed 20-23% support for the liberal coalition, which means they are very close to the Social Democrats (PSD) polling around 21-24%. The ruling National Liberal Party (NLP) polls at 25-28%. However, it is expected that the ongoing quarantine measures put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic could discourage some citizens from casting their vote.
On Facebook, USR leader Dan Barna has urged his followers to go out and vote this week, inviting them to join the fight against corruption, which is a key issue in these elections.
ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen has also expressed his support to USR and allies, underlining the importance of these elections to all liberals.
🗳🇷🇴 Good luck to @ALDEParty member @usr_romania with the parliamentary elections of coming Sunday! Liberals unite and I wish our friends of the #USRPLUS coalition a lot of succes! @DanBarnaUSR @CiolosDacian https://t.co/ncFJgLEQKk— Hans van Baalen (@hansvanbaalen) November 30, 2020