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Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party
Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party

Partidul Libertii, Unitii ?i Solidaritii
PresidentDacian Ciolo?
Founded15 December 2018
HeadquartersP-?a Pache Protopopescu nr. 9, Bucharest
Political positionCentre
European Parliament groupRenew Europe
Colors     Orange
Chamber of Deputies
European Parliament
County Councilors
Local Councilors

The Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (Romanian: Partidul Libertii, Unitii ?i Solidaritii, PLUS) is a pro-European, centrist political party established on October 26, 2018,[1][2] whose president is Dacian Ciolo?, former prime minister of Romania, elected on January 26, 2019.[3] The party has its origin in the Movement Romania Together, a project to which they gave up due to the setting up delay in court.[4]


Dacian Ciolo? - president of PLUS

On 30 March 2018, former Prime Minister of Romania Dacian Ciolo? announced his plans to establish a new political party, the Romania Together Movement (Mi?carea România Împreun?), together with some of the former members of the Ciolo? Cabinet, such as Drago? Pîslaru, Vlad Voiculescu, Alin Mitu?a, Drago? Tudorache and Anca Dragu.[5] Despite the party gaining notoriety in the subsequent months and appearing in various opinion polls,[6][7][8] its official registration was never finalized due to various appeals and delays in the legal process, which Ciolo? claimed to be politically motivated.[9]

After almost 9 months, on 15 December, Ciolo? announced in Cluj-Napoca that the Freedom, Unity and Solidarity Party (Partidul Libertii, Unitii ?i Solidaritii, PLUS) was registered by three of his colleagues, "who share the same values, the same principles, anonymous people, but who wanted to offer a helping hand". He also claimed that the former effort, the Romania Together Movement, will be abandoned and that he and his team will focus on the development of PLUS. After the announcement, more than 7,500 people requested to join the party in 24 hours.[10]

The first National Convention of PLUS, which had the role of electing the president and the National Council of the organization, took place in Bucharest on 26 January 2019. Dacian Ciolo? was elected president with 99.17% of the votes.[11] Having previously announced his intention to participate in the European Parliament elections[12], Ciolo? was also chosen to lead the PLUS list for the elections.[13]

MEP Cristian Preda announced on 29 January that he is joining PLUS, allowing the party to have delegates in all polling stations.[14]

On the evening of 2 February 2019, it was announced on Facebook that PLUS and the Save Romania Union established the 2020 USR-PLUS Alliance, which will participate in the 2019 European Parliament elections.[15]

While the party is not a member of Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party, all its MEPs are individual members of this European political party.[16]


PLUS has not defined its ideology clearly yet. However, it has published a manifesto on their website,[17] in which it expressed its support for liberty, social justice, transparency in public administration, as well as its commitment to Romania's EU and NATO membership. Ciolo?, the party's president, claimed in an interview that PLUS is situated in "the centre, centre-right area".[18]

Electoral history

Presidential elections

Election Candidate First round Second round
Votes Percentage Position Votes Percentage Position
2019 Dan Barna1 1,384,450


1Dan Barna was the candidate endorsed by the 2020 USR-PLUS Alliance.

European elections

Election Votes Percentage MEPs Position EU Party EP Group
2019 2,028,236 22.36%
(as USR-PLUS)1
ALDE party[a][16] Renew Europe (RE)


12020 USR-PLUS Alliance members: USR (4 MEPs) and PLUS.


  1. ^ Dacian Ciolo?, Drago? Nicolae Pîslaru, Ioan Drago? Tudorache and Ramona Victoria Strugariu as ALDE individual member


  1. ^ "Tribunalul BUCURE?TI - Informa?ii dosar",, retrieved 2020
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  4. ^ Ionel Stoica, "Povestea incredibila a celor 266 de zile in care Ciolos a incercat sa isi inregistreze un partid si nu a reusit",, retrieved 2020
  5. ^ "În sfâr?it, Dacian Ciolo? a anun?at noul partid: Mi?carea România Împreun?. ,,Dup? un an de zile am decis c? e nevoie de mai mult decât de o mi?care civic?"". Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Topul partidelor: Pe cine ar vota românii în caz de anticipate/ SONDAJ CURS pentru STIRIPESURSE.RO". Stiri pe surse. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "SONDAJ CURS - PSD se men?ine la un scor ridicat, PNL nu sparge bariera. Surpriza Victor Ponta ?i dezam?girea ALDE". Stiri pe surse. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Sondaj Sociopol: PSD conduce deta?at în op?iunile românilor, iar Dacian Ciolo? îl devanseaz? pe T?riceanu". 2018-06-14. Retrieved .
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  12. ^ "Dacian Ciolo? candideaz? la europarlamentare: Începem s? reconstruim România. Voi munci pentru ?ara mea ?i acas?, ?i în Parlamentul European". Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Lista final? a candida?ilor PLUS la europarlamentare, diferit? de cea votat? de membri: Drago? Tudorache, fost ministru de Interne, pe locul 3, fa de 13 cât ob?inuse la vot - Politic -". (in Romanian). 2019-01-28. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Europarlamentarul Cristian Preda a aderat la PLUS: ,,Va avea, în consecin, delega?i în toate sec?iile de vot"". (in Romanian). Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Este oficial. USR si PLUS fac alianta pentru europarlamentare: S-a nascut principala forta de opozitie!". (in Romanian). Retrieved .
  16. ^ a b "List of ALDE Party Members of the European Parliament, 2019-2024" (PDF). Authority for European Political Parties and European Political Foundations.
  17. ^ "Manifest". plus. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Dacian Ciolo?, primul interviu dup? lansarea PLUS: "Domnul Dragnea n-are dreptul s? arunce în aer societatea româneasc?"". PressOne. 2018-12-17. Retrieved .

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