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mediaTRUST: The top of politicians with the highest number of presences in TV studios



Ecaterina Andronescu (PSD), Daniel Barbu (PNL), Dumitru Pelican (PC), Sulfina Barbu (PDL) and Aurelian Pavelescu (PNTCD) are the most active members of political parties they represent, accordind to mediaTRUST Romania, one of the leading providers of monitoring services.

During the interval July 1-31, 2013, PSD Senator, Ecaterina Andronescu is the most active member of political party she represents with 22  presences in TV studios.

The National Liberal Party (PNL) had the most active member, namely Daniel Barbu, who recorded 16 presences in TV studios.

The Conservative Party’s representatives on TV stations was Dumitru Pelican with 14 presences.

PNTCD was represented by Aurelian Pavelescu who recorded 13 presences in July.

Sulfina Barbu and Adrian Rădulescu are PDL’s most active representatives with 11 presences each.

The journalist Florin Condurăţeanu, from PPDD recorded 10 presences.

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PNŢCD president Aurelian Pavelescu is the political leader with the highest number of minutes spent in TV studios, in July, namely 741.

Mihail Neamţu, the president of the New Republic, ranks second with 529 minutes.

PRM President Corneliu Vadim Tudor, is ranked third, with 418 minutes recorded, followed by Victor Ponta (PSD) and Vasile Blaga (PDL). Victor Ponta (PSD) ranks fourth, followed by Vasile Blaga (PDL).

Ecaterina Andronescu  ranks first in the top of  female public figures with the highest number of presences in TV studios, with 22 appearances. The second place is occupied by the lawyer Paula Iacob, with 18 presences in July.

PDL representative, Sulfina Barbu,  occupies the third position during this interval, with 11 appearances. Businesswoman Monica Tatoiu is ranked fourth in the classification, with 10 presences same with the journalist Andreea Pora. Cristina Traila recorded  9 presences.

The first place in the top of male public figures is held by Bogdan Chirieac with 32 presences.

Mugur Ciuvică, the president of the Political Investigations Group Association, ranks second with 25 presences, followed by the journalist Val Valcu, with 24 presences.

Other male public figures present in the top are Liviu Pop (21), Marius Pieleanu and Mirel Palada  with 10 presences each.

mediaTRUST Romania analysis has taken five TV stations into consideration (Antena 3, B1 TV, România TV, Realitatea TV and Digi 24). The report contains information from the shows broadcast by the six TV stations during the time interval 5.00 pm – 11.00 pm, in July 2013.

About mediaTRUST

mediaTRUST Romania was established in 1999 and provides monitoring services to Romanian and foreign companies. Since 2004, the company has been a member of FIBEP, the main international organization of monitoring agencies, and since October 2008 it has been 100% owned by IMM – Institute of Media Monitoring Poland. Clients come from various sectors of the market, from finance to telecommunications, IT, pharmaceuticals, energy, natural gas, oil, education, sports, culture, entertainment, and politics.


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The cut-off of gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria should be the start of the EU finding solutions to disconnect Europe from the Russian Federation, said MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP).

The MEP stressed that the most effective weapon against Russia’s blackmail to turn off the “gas tap” is EU solidarity.

“A generalised and overnight disconnection of Europe from Russian resources is not realistic, but in the medium and long term it is the only solution. The dependence of large EU economies – such as Germany’s – is a major obstacle to this necessary disconnection, but a united reaction, comparable to that during the pandemic, can provide the solutions to get out of this situation, which is immoral to say the least”, said the liberal MEP for the

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“It is obvious that the European democratic architecture is incompatible with the immoral paradox of financing Russia’s war machine in the context of military aggression against the sovereign state of Ukraine. Then, without delay, we need to take concrete steps that will bring us within a reasonable timeframe closer to this priority objective”, added the EPP MEP.

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“In short, it is about two votes that voters should exercise. One, as at present, for MEPs who will represent national constituencies. The second vote is for 28 MEPs from a European Union constituency, proposed by coalitions of European political parties, national voters’ associations and European political parties,” the MEP explained to CaleaEuropeană.ro.

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“My vote will be against this initiative, as will the vote of my political group, the EPP. Those who support transnational lists say they do it to increase democracy in the EU. I would say that this argument is completely wrong, such an electoral system would reduce democracy in the EU as voters will vote for people they do not know”, said Vasile Blaga.

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The President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, Iratxe Garcia Perez, told a press conference with PSD leader Marcel Ciolacu on Monday that there is “no excuse” not to allow Romania to be accepted into the Schengen area and remain in this “situation of inequality with other countries”.

Iratxe Garcia Perez is visiting Romania. She will visit the port of Isaccea, where thousands of Ukrainian refugees have arrived in recent weeks. Afterwards, the delegation will go to Galați for a meeting with local authorities and a visit to the refugee centre, and the next day the visit continues to the Republic of Moldova.

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“We need a common response from the EU regarding the energy crisis, the future approach in the field of agriculture, as well as to support the states bordering Ukraine”, said Marcel Ciolacu, after the meeting with the leader of the Social Democrat group in the European Parliament.

For her part, Iratxe Garcia Perez stressed that Romania meets all the technical criteria required by the European Union in order to join the Schengen area.

“There is no excuse for this not to be a reality as soon as possible. There is no excuse not to allow Romania to be accepted into the Schengen area and remain in this situation of inequality with other countries. Romania has done its job, Romania has fulfilled all the requirements that the EU asked of it to join the Schengen area”, said the chair of the S&D Group in the European Parliament.  

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“Romania is showing what the EU needs, namely solidarity and commitment. And we must respond to all this generosity that the Romanian people are showing towards the EU”, she added.

Iratxe Garcia Perez also discussed how Romanian citizens and authorities reacted to the war in Ukraine.

“I want to thank you for your hard work and for the solidarity shown by the Romanian people in these difficult times. Today I could see with my own eyes that the Romanian Government and the Romanian people are working with great commitment, respecting the principles and values of the European Union, and it has been proven once again that you are doing this in an exemplary way for the whole EU. We have seen for ourselves by visiting the school centre where a group of minors from an orphanage in Ukraine are being cared for and received in a way that deserves appreciation. It is an example of how we should act in the EU,” she told the conference at PSD headquarters.

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