Elena Udrea, the minister of Tourism, was appointed, by order of the prime-minister Emil Boc, the head of the inter-ministerial Tourism Committee, which includes the ministers of Transports, Education, Health and Environment, jurnalul.ro reports. Elena Udrea’s mini-Cabinet will be in charge of coordinating and monitoring Romania’s strategy for tourism, which has to include all the sectors managed by the aforementioned ministers – infrastructure, education, health and environment. According to political analyst Cristian Parvulescu, by the decision of appointing Elena Udrea the hierarchic superior of the other four ministers, Premier Emil Boc placed the Minister of Tourism at an advantage compared to the other members of the Executive, turning the sector she represents into a national and governmental priority.
“Elena Udrea thus becomes nearly the deputy prime-minister. Her position within the government and within the party is consolidated, if it still needed consolidating,” Cristian Parvulescu further argued.
Moving on to another topic, the ministry of Regional Development and Tourism (MDRT) petitioned the European Commission to allow the funding of thermal rehabilitation out of European money and targets drawing EUR 200 M for this project, Mediafax reports.
The ministry also called on the State Inspectorate in Constructions to halt works on the Buzesti-Berzei road segment after talks with representatives of a number of NGOs who protested, yesterday, at MDRT’s headquarters.