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The USR-PLUS Alliance can run in the European elections: High Court ruling

The USR-PLUS Alliance can run in the European elections. The Romanian High Court of Cassation and Justice has annulled, in an emergency meeting on Friday evening, the the decision of the Central Electoral Bureau (BEC) to reject the joint application for the European elections of the “Alliance 2020 USR PLUS”.

The coalition of the USR (Union Save Romania) and PLUS platforms, led by Dan Barna from USR and the former EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Cioloş (pictured), gathers the sympathies and intentions to vote of most of the educated urban youth and entrepreneurs. Together, the two formations are credited with roughly 20% of the vote intentions.

The High Court of Cassation and Justice had admitted on Friday morning the appeal filed by the two parties against the Central Election Bureau’s Thursday decision. The sentence was pronounced by a panel of three judges. The decision is final and cannot be challenged.

The ruling was made possible after the former president of the USR part Nicusor Dan decided to join again the USR as a simple member. The BEC rejectedthe application of the the “Alliance 2020 USR PLUS” arguing that the name of the previous president of USR was still in the national register of the political parties.

The “Alliance 2020 USR PLUS” has already gathered almost all of the necessary 200,000 signatures necessary for running in elections, the highest legal threshold in Europe.

“Now you have someone you can vote for! The 2020 Alliance goes to the European elections! As we expected, the judges from the High Court of Cassation and Justice voted in favor of our Alliance! The fight continues with even more momentum. Thank you for your effort, involvement and patience. Together, we will succeed,” wrote Cioloş ‘s post.

The Romanian authorities’ decision to ban the Alliance had attracted protests from MEPs such as Guy Verhofstadt and Hans van Baalen:

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