|Founded||15 December 2018|
|Headquarters||P-?a Pache Protopopescu nr. 9, Bucharest|
|European Parliament group||Renew Europe|
|Chamber of Deputies|
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, whose president is Dacian Ciolo?, former prime minister of Romania, elected on January 26, 2019. 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.
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. Despite the party gaining notoriety in the subsequent months and appearing in various opinion polls, its official registration was never finalized due to various appeals and delays in the legal process, which Ciolo? claimed to be politically motivated.
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.
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. Having previously announced his intention to participate in the European Parliament elections, Ciolo? was also chosen to lead the PLUS list for the elections.
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.
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.
PLUS has not defined its ideology clearly yet. However, it has published a manifesto on their website, 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".
|Election||Candidate||First round||Second round|
1Dan Barna was the candidate endorsed by the 2020 USR-PLUS Alliance.
|Election||Votes||Percentage||MEPs||Position||EU Party||EP Group|
|ALDE party[a]||Renew Europe (RE)|
12020 USR-PLUS Alliance members: USR (4 MEPs) and PLUS.