Our long-term goal is to reform the Romanian political class. Nothing
less. Whatever it takes, as long as it takes. Many people asked
us about the actual strategy we aim to deploy in achieving such
an ambitious goal. Firstly, to clarify some confusion, we need to
declare clearly here that we aim to achieve it only through democratic
means, in a democratic and multi-party society, respecting the views
and identities of others. Although we don't pretend the following
to be a complete answer, here follow the main ideas.
Romanian politics today is very much like an oligopolistic marketplace.
This describes an economic environment dominated by two-three major
players who set the rules of the game amongst themselves while keeping
an appearance of free competition on the surface. In reality nobody
rocks the boat because nobody is interested to. The one who pays
the bill is always the consumer or the taxpayer. Pretty much the
same way the Romanian political class has repeatedly demonstrated
its inability or lack of will and responsibility. And, in spite
of this, nobody really rocks the boat because nobody is clean. The
only way to beak this vicious circle is to have a new entrant in
the game, someone who has nothing to gain by preserving the status
quo and nothing to lose from breaking it. If such a new entrant
penetrates the circle all the others have to adjust to the new reality,
or be wiped out. The new entrant may not win the game, but he will
change the system.
Therefore, our short term goal is to participate in the general
and local elections in 2004 and get a result that will allow us
to have a voice, would make us impossible to ignore. Aftrewards
we want to support and advocate energetically our ideas through
all the means available in a parliamentary democracy and force the
political class to react. We are very pleased that, although very
recent barely visible on the political scene we have already prompted
such changes. We believe, for instance, that the far greater role
given to the younger generation by all the major political parties
recently is a reaction through which they attempt to defend themselves
against our potential rise. This is a positive reaction which we
welcome and which shows us that our strategy actually works. But
very much remains to be done before these changes are more than
mere cosmetics and have a lasting and enduring effect.
In order to achieve a good result in the 2004 generals, we see our
short term actions prioritised on the following lines. Please remember
that these priorities might change as we start executing this plan.
I. Territorial development
One of our ongoing priorities in the future is establishing a local
presence throughout the country by means of local organisations.
Since oppening a local organisations requires significant investment
of very scarce resources, both human and financial, we will prioritise
the action in three separate stages.
The minimum requirement for a local organisation to exist are:
office and telecomunication equipment
local contacts with people who believe in the same ideas as
visibility and contacts in the local media
finacial contributions from members or supporters
If you want to help any of the above is more than welcome.
If you wish to activate in a local organisation before the date
we have set to get there, you can do so provided that you have all
of the following:
A 5 member initiative comittee composed of people that:
have a moral stature beyond reproach
were not members of the national leadership of any political
party (except youth organisations)
are experienced in building organisations
adhere to the ideas and goals of URR
have or have access to finacial resources for lounching a local
means of electronic communication (fax and e-mail as a minimum)
The initiative comittee will be validated by the National Direction
Comittee, according to the party statute and by-laws.
II. Drafting of the Political Program
We are currently drafting the party Political Program, by sectors.
In order to do so we have appointed and will continue to appoint
think tanks of experts who donate theur time and expertise to this
purpose. They are not politically aligned to our party but work
at a technical level based on a political statement of intentions
and vision provided by URR. In the same time we have launched and
will continue to launch public debates on our forums on the web
site http://www.urr.ro. All who have expertise in a certain field
and wish to contribute are warmly invited to participate n these
forums and express their ideas. The think tanks will prepare drafts
that will be subjected to the public debate again and ammended accordingly.
Thereafter they will preapre the final version.
The sectors that we will cover in the Political Program are:
Prevention of corruption
Prevention of corruption
Culture and national heritage
Defence and public safety
Finance, budget, capital markets
Administration of the State
Foreign affairs and European integration
If you do not want to participate in the forums but wish to express
an opinion directly please send your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
III. Cooperation with our supporters
Our main communication and interaction vehicle with all those that
adhere to our ideas or merely want to understand more will is, and
will remain our web site www.urr.ro It is not only a very rich environment
but also a very affordable one for us, considering our limited resources
and our policies of clean and transparent financing. In order to
really make it effective, however, we need to be creative and pragmatic
and we need your support ion this.
How can you help?
participate frequently in the debate forums. We know that you
will feel sometimes that it is more talk than actions but you
are wrong. We do take actions but we need your opinions and ideas
to make those actions effective.
EACH AND EVERYONE MATTERS
Spread the news. Discuss us with your circle of relatives and
friends Make them come and visit us on our web site. If they are
really interested we promiss we will delegate a prominent member
to talk to them and answer all questions. The only condition is
to assemble at least 20 people.
YOUR EFFORT MATTERS
We need your contacts in the media. Help us meet them and help
us make them write about us.
YOUR CONTACTS MATTER
Another important communication vehicle will be our monthly
political campaigns. Tell us what you think about them. More so,
tell us your own ideas. We will put them in action together.
YOUR IDEAS MATTER
IV. Financing the party
The biggest issue that slowly undermined Romanian politics from
the inside is, arguably, the way the political parties are financed.
The political action is currently completely subdued to a set of
economic selfish interests of a group of financiers. They have created
a modern equivalent of the Ottoman rule on the Principates: they
give a big tip to a political power in exchange for ten times more
reward when the party makes it eventually to power. One reason for
which demopcracy keeps on failing in Romania is that people want
to be represented but don't want to support the praties that represent
them. Thus, they remain easy prey to the political sharks and everything
falls apart. All political parties to date have gone this route.
The first condition of our success is our ability to finance the
party differently. Our current strategy is to ask for small donations
from many people. Therefore, if you can contribute with a small
amount that does not negatively impact on your life, please do so
because you will have helped to clean up the Romanian politics of
crooks and cronies.
We can beat the corrupt political systems but we need to stand
united. We prefer regular, even if smaller contributions because
they allow us to plan ahead and prioritise. All those who contribute
will get a financila report every 6 months about the party budget
and the way it was spent.
Being a member of URR gives you boths righhts and obligations.
Your rights are, mainly, to elect and be elected in all leadership
structures of the party. We do however require from you a certain
political activism. We firstly accept in our ranks only people who
believe in our declaration of Values and Principles and agree to
donate a part of their time and energy to the cause of changing
the Romanian political lanscape. Therefore we formulated a set of
criteria that they have to meet.
These criteria are:
they adhere to our Values and Principles
they were not members of the antional leadership of any political
party (except youth organisations)
they declare honestly and openly any cooperation they might
have had with the former Securitate.
they declare openly and honestly their criminal record, including
they pass an interview with a member of the URR HR team
they donate at least 8 hours of their time weekly for party
they pay a monthly contribution whose amount they choose for
themselves on the day of the admission interview.
The activity of the members will be evaluated every 6 months by
the HR department and the adhereence to the above criteria will
be assessed. Should major gaps be observed the party may withdraw
the member status to any given member, following due process according
to the party by-laws.
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