The National Executive Committee (CExN) of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) on Friday unanimously approved the following nominations for the offices of ministers – Paul Stanescu to the Ministry of Development, Felix Stroe to the Ministry of Transport and Marius Nica to the European Funds Ministry, PSD Senator Adrian Tutuianu announced.
The three proposals are made to replace resigning ministers Sevil Shhaideh, Rovana Plumb and Razvan Cuc.
Adrian Tutuianu also specified that he will be the new Senate quaestor, replacing Paul Stanescu.
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose announced at the end of a meeting of the Social Democratic Party National Executive Committee, that on Monday he will present to President Klaus Iohannis the new proposals for ministers.
PSD’s Dragnea: CExN validated proposals of ministers; decision to keep Ilie in the Gov’t belongs to ALDE
The Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, on Friday announced that the proposals for the new Regional Development, Transport and European Funds ministers – Paul Stanescu, Felix Stroe and Marius Nica, respectively – have been validated by the National Executive Committee (CExN) of the PSD with unanimity of votes, also mentioning that the political decision to keep Viorel Ilie, the Minister for the Relation with Parliament, in the Government, belonged to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), PSD’s partner in the ruling coalition.
The three politicians who were named will replace resigning ministers Sevil Shhaideh, Rovana Plumb and Razvan Cuc.
“I presented to my colleagues of the Executive Committee, the proposals for ministers: for the office of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development and European Funds Paul Stanescu, a Senator, for Minister of Transport, Felix Stroe, currently the head of PSD’s Constanta branch and general manager of RAJA. The proposal for Minister-delegate for European funds is Marius Nica. They were all unanimously voted, except for Paul Stanescu, who had one vote against, cast by Nicu Baniciou,” said Dragnea, at the end of the meeting.
He also added that the Social Democrats did not give up Sevil Shhaideh and Rovana Plumb, who resigned from the Government.
“Our two colleagues decided to resign, in order to put an end, thus, to a situation that seemed without solution. However, last night, the PSD members unanimously showed support for the two ladies, (…) in the context of a widespread feeling in our society that should trigger a signal against these abuses that are made,” said Dragnea.
He also specified that keeping Minister Viorel Ilie in office has been ALDE’s political decision.
“This was a political decision of ALDE. We discussed these matters this morning in the coalition, too, and this is how things turned out. PSD is not frustrated because of Mr. Ilie, but is frustrated over the actual situation, not because of Mr. Ilie,” said Dragnea.
The PSD leader announced that Rovana Plumb will take over the president office of the Committee on European Affairs of the Deputies Chamber, as this office was empty, while Adrian Tutuianu will become Quaestor of the Senate, as soon as Paul Stanescu leaves to take over the Ministry of Development. Razvan Cuc is already a MP,” Dragnea added.
PM, on keeping Ilie in Gov’t: Our partners from ALDE decided to keep him in the Gov’t
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose stated that the decision to keep Minister for Relations with Parliament Viorel Ilie in the Gov’t belonged to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), partner in the ruling coalition with the Social Democratic Party (PSD), and it will be observed as such.
“Well, I understand that the decision was already made, you know. Our partners from ALDE decided to keep him in the Government, and we are in a partnership. We did what we had to do in our territory,” the PM stated on Friday at the end of the National Executive Committee (CExN) of PSD.
When asked if he is not bothered by this, the PM replied: “Well, it’s their opinion, we are allies.”
Tudose explained that, unlike Sevil Shhaideh and Rovana Plumb, Viorel Ilie, although facing a criminal investigation, he doesn’t work with Brussel
PSD’s Dragnea: I am no longer willing to go to Cotroceni, not before the presidential elections
Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea stated on Friday that he is no longer willing to go to the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, not before the next presidential elections.
“I’m not saying this on a whim, but, at this point, I no longer believe in President Klaus Iohannis’s non-involvement,” Dragnea stated.
He conveyed to the head of state to never speak again about PSD, “because it is not his business.”
“I am starting to believe more and more that President Iohannis doesn’t stay politically uninvolved,” the PSD leader added.
Tudose, asked if Iohannis is politically engaged: I have already said, we have a proper institutional relationship
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said on Friday that his relationship with President Klaus Iohannis is a proper institutional one.
“I’ve told you, we have a proper institutional relationship,” Tudose said on Friday at the end of a meeting of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) National Executive Committee (CExN).
The prime minister responded after being asked if he shares the opinion of PSD national leader Liviu Dragnea that the head of state is politically engaged by his actions.
Sevil Shhaideh has been appointed state counselor for the Government
Sevil Shhaideh has been appointed state counselor and she will continue to work for the government, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose made an announcement on Friday, at the end of the meeting of the National Executive Committee (CExN) of the Social Democratic Party (PSD).
“I believe she already is (state counselor – editor’s note) at this time. The papers were signed in the morning,” said Tudose.
About the fact that he is keeping Shhaideh to work for the Government, although, back when the announcement regarding the government reshuffle was made, he pointed out that in Shhaideh’s case there were criminal charges involved, he specified: “I said that there are problems that, because of the criminal nature of the accusations, and not because the ladies are actually guilty (naming here Shhaideh and Plumb – editor’s note), could affect their activity in what the relation with Bruxelles is concerned.”
“Otherwise, she will continue to be of very much help to us as a state counselor, for she has experience and I believe that she is the best in the country in this area, which means regional development and administrative reform,” claimed the Prime Minister.
Asked whether the former Minister of Transport Razvan Cuc was to be also kept to work for the Government, the PM said: He is a MP.”
Roxana Birica, proposed as Gov’t Secretary General
PM Tudose also announced on Friday that the proposal for the Gov’t Secretary General office is Roxana Banica.
“The proposal is Mrs Roxana Banica. She is a former Secretary General with the Finance, currently the deputy Secretary General of the Government,” Tudose stated, at the end of the National Executive Committee (CExN) of PSD, when asked if the Gov’t Secretary General position was discussed.
The Gov’t Secretary General office will have to be filled in after Parliament validates Mihai Busuioc as Court of Accounts president.
PM Tudose: Split VAT measure to be amended in Parliament, no longer mandatory for everyone
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose on Friday said that the split VAT will take into account certain proposals of employers’ organisations and will be subjected to amending in Parliament, adding that the measure would target, first of all, companies undergoing insolvency or bankruptcy. He said a reward system was being thought to be set in place.
“Nuances started cropping up after discussions with employers’ organisations; some of their comments are correct and, in order to shorten somehow the legislative procedure, we will make amendments; there will be amendments in the Senate and then in the Chamber of Deputies,” Tudose said, responding to journalists at the end of a meeting of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) National executive Committee (CExN) about what will happen with the amendments to the Tax Code, and the split VAT.
The prime minister specified that the finance minister would unveil the amendments to the split VAT measure at the beginning of next week.
“I think it would be a good idea for the finance minister to unveil them to you entirely, on Monday; I can offer you some snippets. It will not be mandatory for everyone, but in principle, for companies undergoing insolvency or bankruptcy and firms with a not very consistent fiscal past, that is companies that have already defaulted on their VAT duties twice, three or four times. There will also be a reward system that we try to set in place and unveil when the amendments are tabled,” Tudose said.
PM Tudose on notifying CCR about conflict related to Gov’t decisions: Still waiting for JusMin’s position
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose stated on Friday that he is still waiting for an official stand from Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, before notifying the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) about a possible conflict of interests between the Executive and the Public Prosecution Service regarding the Gov’t decisions.
“I am still waiting, as I said, for the official position of Mr Minister Tudorel Toader,” Mihai Tudose stated, when journalists asked him, after the meeting of the National Executive Committee (CExN) of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), whether the Gov’t is to notify the CCR regarding the possible conflict of interests between the Executive and the Public Prosecution Service regarding the Gov’t decisions.
The press told the PM that, according to a statement made by Tudorel Toader two days ago, he would have conveyed to the Gov’t an opinion on this topic, but the PM mentioned he didn’t receive anything from the Justice Minister on this matter.
“It’s a surprise, probably, giving that I am here, and not at the Gov’t, I don’t know what he sent. He didn’t send anything,” Tudose stated.
Justice Minister Tudorel Toader stated on Tuesday that he is not authorized to notify the CCR in respect to a possible judicial conflict of constitutional nature between the Executive and the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), but the Government, namely the Senate President or the Deputies’ Chamber Speaker, adding that the Justice Ministry made “the draft regarding this notification.”