PM Dancila on her most important accomplishment as PM:I managed to build a team and together we managed to become aware that our job is very important. Failure: I didn’t manage to bring consensus in Romanian society

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On Monday evening, Premier Viorica Dancila stated for Antena3 that during her first six months in office she had a roadmap to observe and she is glad she managed to do so. Likewise, she stated she had very many successes in what concerns stimulating the economy, social measures, and regional development measures. Asked what she thinks is her biggest achievement, Dancila said she managed to build a team with the ministers and they became aware of the fact that their job is very important and the governance programme is also important. She added that her biggest failure during her first six months in office is the fact that she did not manage to bring “consensus in Romanian society.”

“I had a roadmap and I am glad that after 6 months I observed this roadmap. I’m saying that we managed to implement the measures included in the governance programme. In fact, this is the Prime Minister’s objective, this is the objective of each minister, because based on the measures we implement we are assessed within the coalition but also by the citizens,” Dancila said.

Likewise, she said she has done many successful things in every field.

“I succeeded doing several things, many measures taken to stimulate the economy, social measures, measures within the framework of regional development. I believe I could name each field that would gladden us all,” she added.

Asked what was her greatest accomplishment, the Premier said: “I believe the fact that I managed to build a team and together with the other ministers we managed to become aware of the fact that our job is very important and that the governance programme is important for us and each of us has responsibility, the ministers in the fields they coordinate, I, as Prime Minister, [have the responsibility] to implement these measures. For me it’s important that these measures have started to generate effects. We have an ever-growing number of Romanians who are satisfied with their incomes, we already have investments, even though some are not that spectacular, we have hiked the degree of absorption of EU grants, we have unblocked programmes, we have simplified the legislation, we have brought to the forefront laws that both the local and central administrations had been waiting for so long, and I’m talking about the public procurements law and the public-private partnership law. I believe that, at the end of a review on the first half of 2018, we can say we have many accomplishments.”

At the same time, Dancila said that the biggest failure of her first six months in office is the fact that she did not manage to bring “consensus in Romanian society” and that she did not manage to have a unitary approach, inter-institutional cooperation, and consensus among political parties when it comes to projects that are important for Romania.

 

Premier on Gov’t reshuffle: We are yet to carry out an assessment. We assess not the person but the fulfilment of the governance programme

 

On Monday evening, Premier Viorica Dancila stated for Antena3 that an assessment of the members of her Cabinet has not taken place, but it will be carried out from the standpoint of the fulfilment of the governance programme.

“We are yet to carry out an assessment, but I would like to point something out. We do not assess the person but the fulfilment of the governance programme. Each minister will not be assessed in what concerns that person but based on the manner they fulfilled the measures from the governance programme,” Viorica Dancila said when asked whether there are ministers with whose activity she is dissatisfied.

PSD leader Liviu Dragnea stated on Sunday evening that the ministers have the obligation to present the measures taken in their respective fields, saying that both he and Premier Viorica Dancila have “some sadness” because the members of Government are not taking the time to inform, at least once per week, what was achieved. The PSD leader said that there have been no talks with the ALDE leader and the Premier about a possible reshuffle, but that there will be a discussion about “the assessment of the act of governance itself.”

“I have nothing to tell you about the reshuffle. I don’t know whether such a discussion will exist, there will be a discussion about the act of governance itself. Of course, I’m more pleased with some [ministers] and less pleased with others,” the PSD President added.

 

I’m only human and humans are prone to making mistakes. It’s true there is huge pressure and for this reason mistakes occur. I’m a modest, commonsensical, God-fearing person and everything I do is for the benefit of the people and I believe this will be the legacy

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated on Monday evening on Antena3 that she is only human and thus prone to making mistakes, adding that the huge pressure put on her is the reason mistakes occur. She also said that she never erred in the decisions she took, she did not take any decision against the people, and many of those who insulted her “are those who, in time, took decisions against the people and some actually applauded them.”

“I’m only human and humans are prone to making mistakes. It’s true that there is huge pressure, and this is the reason mistakes occur. Yes, maybe I erred, but what I can tell you is that I never erred in the decisions I took. I never took a decision against the people, because of this my conscience is at peace,” Dancila said.

She says that many of those who have criticised and insulted her are those who took decisions against the people and applauded them, claiming that the Government’s legacy will consist of what she did and she hopes people will judge her based on these things.

“Many of those who insulted me had a behaviour so unnatural, they are the ones who, in time, took decisions against the people, and some even applauded them. They cut pensions, salaries, they closed schools, hospitals. I’m a modest, commonsensical, God-fearing person and everything I do is for the benefit of the people, and I believe this will be the legacy. The insults, the personal attacks will not be the legacy, what we do will be the legacy. I hope people will judge me based on these things,” the Premier added.

 

“When taking office, I said I want us to have good inter-institutional cooperation between Parliament, Government, Presidency. Unfortunately, I had the surprise of being asked to resign several times, something I label as a political gesture”

Viorica Dancila stated on Monday evening, on Antena3, that when she took office she said she wants good inter-institutional cooperation between Parliament, Government and Presidency, but she had the surprise of seeing President Klaus Iohannis demanding that she resign, something that she labelled as “a political gesture.” She added that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans told her that “tranquillity” is needed to take over the Presidency of the EU Council and that she must cooperate with the President.

“Ever since I took office, I said I want us to have good inter-institutional cooperation between Parliament, Government, Presidency. I discussed this with PSD President Liviu Dragnea and President Klaus Iohannis. Unfortunately, I had the surprise of being asked to resign several times, something that I label as a political gesture, because the data I presented today (Monday – editor’s note) show that President Iohannis had no economic grounds to reach this decision,” Viorica Dancila said.

She also claimed that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans told her that “tranquillity” is needed to take over the Presidency of the EU Council and that she must cooperate with President Klaus Iohannis.

“I was in Brussels, we discussed the stage of preparations, the topics, the challenges of taking over the Presidency of the EU Council and, indeed, during the meeting I had with President Juncker, but also with First Vice President Timmermans, they told me we must have tranquillity, that this is a national project and I must cooperate with President Iohannis. He said he will ask the President to do the same,” Dancila said.

Last Wednesday, Premier Viorica Dancila and President Klaus Iohannis discussed for approximately 40 minutes about the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in what concerns both the stage of preparation of the dossiers and the technical aspects pertaining to infrastructure and the timetable, the Government informed.

 

“Juncker and Timmermans brought up the judicial laws. I said they do not infringe upon the rule of law, they were voted in Parliament, they went to the CCR, what is not constitutional will be regulated, so there is no fear about infringement upon the rule of law”

 

Premier Viorica Dancila explained on Monday evening on Antena3 that the amendments to the judicial laws were brought up during her meeting with the President and Vice President of the European Commission, and she told them that the amendments do not infringe upon the rule of law and there are no infringements upon the rule of law, at that point Frans Timmermans bringing up the classified protocols which he “was informed” about.

“Yes, they knew this (about the protocols between the SRI and other institutions – editor’s note). They brought up the judicial laws, I said these laws do not infringe upon the rule of law, they are laws that were voted in the Romanian Parliament, went to the CCR [Constitutional Court of Romania], what is not constitutional will be regulated, so there is no fear about infringement upon the rule of law. At that moment, I recall well, Mr Timmermans brought up the classified protocols. He knew about these things, he was informed,” Dancila said when asked if EU officials know about the protocols concluded between the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and other Romanian institutions.

In early July, Premier Viorica Dancila informed that she discussed with European officials in Brussels about the protocols of collaboration concluded between institutions of the judiciary and the intelligence services, pointing out that EC Vice President Frans Timmermans said that that is something grave, and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker allegedly said that the conclusion of these protocols is not only grave but also infringes upon the principles of democracy.