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The Premier also announced that Frunda (UDMR) will be his advisor on judicial, international and ethnic minority issues. At the same time, Ponta explained why he kept Kiraly at the Education Ministry.
Premier Victor Ponta announced on Saturday that he will propose introducing in the new Constitution a provision according to which the Parliament and the judiciary should work in July too. According to the legislation currently in force, MPs and judges are on holiday in July. “I’ll make a lot of enemies in Parliament and among the judges too: one of my Constitutional amendment proposals will be for the Parliament and the judiciary to work in July too. I’ll do it, I’ll see who votes against it. What do you mean three months of holiday, July, August and January? It’s a lot, honestly, two at most would be enough,” Ponta stated on Antena 3. The Parliament and the judiciary are currently on holiday in the months of July and August, and the MPs are on holiday in January too. Likewise, the government will modify the law in order to unblock the tenders stopped by the National Council for Solving Complaints (CNSC), Premier Ponta stated, criticizing CNSC’s decision to block again the project of the Comarnic-Brasov highway and claiming that CNSC President Bogdan Lehel is a friend of PDL leaders Blaga and Udrea. “I will change the law and I’ll explain it to the European Union, I’ll show to them exactly (…) We will change it immediately because I want to unblock and I will fight Mr. Lehel and his gang too, and all the others, if by 2016 they fail to build these highways – Bucharest-Comarnic-Brasov and Pitesti-Craiova…” Ponta stated on Antena 3, pointing out that the ones at CNSC are “some gods.” CNSC is the institution that can influence any public tender denounced, by accepting or rejecting the denouncement filed by a company, on a public procurement market that represents around 15 per cent of Romania’s GDP. At the same time, Premier Victor Ponta announced that Gyorgy Frunda, who failed to win another term as UDMR Senator, will be his advisor on judicial, international and ethnic minority issues.“I talked with him and he accepted. He will be my advisor on judicial, international and ethnic minority issues,” Ponta stated on Antena 3. UDMR leader Frunda Gyorgy lost his Senator seat following the redistribution that resulted in a Lower Chamber seat won by a PP-DD candidate that finished fourth in a constituency in Mures County. Gyorgy Frunda had been an MP since 1990. Referring to the decision to maintain Kiraly Andras Gyorgy (UDMR) as secretary of state with the Education Ministry, the Premier stated that he took that decision in order to give, as Prime Minister, a signal that the rights of minorities are guaranteed in Romania, not a signal that the government is collaborating with UDMR. He pointed out on Antena 3 that UDMR will continue to have a representative within the Department for Interethnic Relations too, while the Roma minority will keep a representative within the Office for Roma. Kiraly Andras Gyorgy (UDMR) was released from the office of secretary of state with the former Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport but was immediately appointed on the same office in the new Ministry of National Education. Both decisions were signed at the end of last year, on the same day, by Premier Victor Ponta. Kiraly was appointed secretary of state with the Education Ministry in February 2010 by Premier Emil Boc. Kiraly was leader of UDMR Arad at the time.