The economic adviser of the prime minister, Andreea Paul-Vass said that she turned down the offer to become Minister of the Economy because she did not want to pose “a gratuitous problem” to the new government, in light of the news about her incompatibility in the case of Hidroelectrica, and also because of the short mandate. “Economy is a very important portfolio. Medium and long-term competitiveness strategies are necessary to secure the sound economic development of a country. I am mature enough to realise that, during this 8-month mandate, I could not have enforced these strategies, no matter how well-intended and professional my team and I were. I will take such a responsibility if I have the guarantee that the measures I support can become viable over a medium and long-term interval. I am not characterised by short-term actions, with impact on the image,” Vass added.