Liberal Andrei Gerea took the oath as the Economy minister at Cotroceni Palace, on Wednesday evening.
Interim Economy Minister Daniel Chitoiu on Thursday handed over the ministerial mandate to Liberal Deputy Andrei Gerea, telling him that this Ministry had urgent problems to solve, such as the privatisation of Oltchim and the investment-drawing at CupruMin. “I am handing over the Economy Minister mandate, which I have held ad interim for a few days, along with the urgent problems the Economy Ministry has in the coming period, namely Oltchim, the completion of the procedure at CupruMin… As I have informed you, we suspended it for 30 days [the procedure at CupruMin], in order to make an assessment and to hand the procedure over to you, so it should be s, to the benefit of the Romanian state. Moreover, you have to solve in the coming period the reindustrialisation issues, going over the strategy draw-up stage and getting down to work. (…),” Chitoiu said, quoted by Agerpres. He added that “this Ministry, together with the Finance Ministry, must lead to Romania’s economic development and to create conditions for investment drawing, both foreign and new job creation through Romanian investments.”
In his turn, the new Economy Minister Andrei Gerea replied that he would have been happier to take over the Ministry with least problems possible. “The problems of the Romanian economy are not new, we have tried over our entire activity to contribute to solving many of these, but, as you see, these problems persist, even if some were solved. I am aware of the difficult task I have in this Ministry, but as I look around this hall, in which I have been present more than a few times, I remember the proposals I made so many times to the predecessors, to the colleagues who have been here in the governmental seat, and I hope can implement some of them and contribute by your side to fulfilling the governance programme and, at the end of the mandate, I hope we can check some points of the programme and present them to the citizens as achievements, as successfully concluded chapters for the economy of this country,” the new minister pointed out.
Gerea took the oath as the Economy minister at Cotroceni Palace, on Wednesday evening, in the presence of President Basescu, PM Ponta and Chamber Speaker, Valeriu Zgonea, while Senate Speaker, Crin Antonescu was absent. In retort, Antonescu said for “Gandul” online daily that he waited for the invitation but it didn’t come. “I easily imagine that it is a response to my departure from the previous investiture ceremony, when I left the room during Basescu’s speech after Ramona Manescu took the oath as Transportation Minister , but I have no other comments”, said Antonescu.
According to governmental sources quoted by Mediafax, during Gerea’s investiture ceremony, Traian Basescu said that Cupru Min privatization process began at the wrong end. Interim Minister Chitoiu is supposed to have answered the president: “That’s why we stopped it in the first