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April 18, 2021

Outgoing PM Ungureanu boasts with EUR 5 bln reserve

While presenting his balance sheet on Wednesday he said that he issued the least amount of government emergency ordinances.

Ousted Prime Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu presented the balance sheet of his 78 days in office on Wednesday evening. Ungureanu referred solely to the ministries led by PDL ministers, without mentioning those led by UNPR and UDMR ministers who were not present at the press conference. The sole exception was that of the Health Ministry, former minister Ritli being present at the review. The outgoing PM avoided making any comments about the absentees, stating only that they are the ones that should explain their absence, and thanked them for supporting his government. According to Ungureanu, the current economic situation allows the restoration of public sector salaries, pointing out that the EUR 5 bln reserve that the authorities currently have “did not appear overnight.” At the same time, the Premier stated that all the calculations that the government made in what concerns this issue did not stem from the premise that this reserve will be used for populist decisions and gave assurances that “starting in June” there will be funds for this not from loans but from sums collected by combating tax evasion, drawing European funds and foreign investments. Ungureanu also showed that during his term in office the government issued the least amount of emergency ordinances. “23 ordinances were adopted, the smallest number of ordinances adopted by a government. Our goal was economic growth and combating tax evasion,” he said. At the same time, the ousted premier announced that a timetable of foreign visits had been prepared for the upcoming period, a timetable that the future prime minister may decide to honor or not, pointing out that it is extremely important for the country’s foreign policy. The scheduled visits include one to Bruxelles next week, but also visits to the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Turkey, Estonia, Austria and Finland. The ousted prime minister had also invited the prime ministers of the states that are the beneficiaries of European funds to attend a summit in Bucharest on June 1, one that would have set a joint position at the European Council this summer and in view of the negotiations for the 2014-2020 budget. Ungureanu stated that he has no regrets and that the brief experience at the helm of the government was “extraordinary,” adding that he did not feel alone or sacrificed. He avoided presenting his future political plans. At the end of the press conference, the ousted prime minister stated that any new government has to be credit with good faith, adding that he hopes nobody will be a disappointment. “I expect future governments to take revenge every day for the 22 years on account of which we have ended up being dissatisfied with the country we are in. Allow me to be a critic from now on,” Ungureanu stated.

Resignations ahead of departure

All aides and secretaries of state that were part of ousted Premier Mihai Razvan Ungureanu have resigned and will vacate their offices before the new government is sworn in, official sources quoted by Mediafax pointed out. Yesterday Andreea-Paul Vass was the first to announce her resignation from the office of state aide on economic issues. On Wednesday designated Prime Minister Victor Ponta had announced that he will dismiss all secretaries of state and prefects currently in office. In retort, Ponta said yesterday the resignations prove Ungureanu’s resentment which he can understand but won’t forgive. “It’s their call (…) If we talk about respect for normal rules, they should stay to provide a civilized transition”, the designated PM said.

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