The two ruling parties of the Romanian government -- the Democrat-Liberal Party (PD-L) and the Social Democrats (PSD) -- signed here on Sunday a ruling protocol to help the government weather the hard times facing the country.
Democrat-Liberal Party leader Emil Boc said that the goal of the ruling protocol signed by the two parties is "to give Romania stable governance in hard times."
"We have gathered in this document the best and most urgent measures, so that Romania may weather a difficult period of time. We have managed to coalesce several right-wing and left-wing measures," Boc said.
According to him, "the priority goal of the partnership today is to ensure the country's stability." To achieve the goal, the government will preserve and create new jobs, keep the purchasing power and the flat tax rate, pursue justice reforms, a genuine decentralization of the public administration and a "deep" education reform based on the National Partnership on Education as well as a genuine health care reform.
Both the Democrat-Liberal Party and the Social Democrats have understood that "the time of rows has passed," he added, stressing that "we are partners, but we'll be in competition when the time comes for political competition."
The document of the partnership for Romania coalition says the two signatory parties will field their own candidates in the presidential elections due in 2009.
Social Democrats leader Mircea Geoana called the signing of the agreement a historic and necessary moment, adding that the "two responsible political forces" have accepted to unite efforts to Romania's national interest.
"Exceptional solutions to exceptional situations," he said, adding that "the found formula was the only one capable of providing Romania's stability."
He said his party wants to contribute to the most efficient government in 20 years.
The partnership agreement includes 25 goals that chiefly target the reform of crucial sectors of the Romanian society and the increased efficiency and credibility of the parliamentary institution.
With the ruling protocol signed, the Democrat-Liberal Party and the Social Democrats will continue, in the coming days, negotiations on the portfolio distribution.
"The ministers will be heard by the specialized committees of Parliament on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21, and on Dec. 22 we will have the government," Romanian President Traian Basescu said.