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January 25, 2022

Ponta II Cabinet could have two mega-ministries, media report

Premier Ponta proposes the creation of two mega-ministries within the future government: the Ministry of Control and the European Funds Ministry, USL sources quoted by gandul.info inform. On the other hand, the Development Ministry could be scaled down. The Prime Minister’s proposals are currently on the USL’s table, their final form set to be established in the following weeks. The novelties proposed by Premier Victor Ponta concern the creation of a Ministry of Control and a European Funds Ministry that would have more “force” and “power of decision.” The European Funds Ministry is meant to join together all of the management authorities that are now part of the other ministries. Eugen Orlando Teodorovici, Premier Ponta’s aide, is among those rumored to hold one of the two portfolios. PNL is trying to appoint MEP Ramona Manescu at the helm of the future European Funds Ministry. Likewise, there are talks within USL on splitting the Economy Ministry into several ministries. Thus, a Ministry for Business Environment, SMEs and Commerce led by current Transportation Minister Ovidiu Silaghi could be formed. Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin, Environment Minister Rovana Plumb, Education Minister Ecaterina Andronescu and Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean are among the ministers with very high chances to make it on the list of the future government after the December 9 elections, provided Premier Ponta will be tasked with forming the government. Liviu Dragnea, top candidate for the Internal Affairs Ministry, and Relu Fenechiu, top candidate for the Transportation Ministry, will be among the future government’s new ministers. ‘Adevarul’ daily claims however that the leader of PNL Iasi cannot become a member of government since he is indicted in a case on the roll of the High Court of Justice. Fenechiu is charged with misconduct in public office against public interests in court case number 4747/1/2012. USL sources quoted by gandul.info claim that the Liberals also want to nominate one of their own at the helm of the Finance Ministry after Florin Georgescu’s term expires. Likewise, the Liberals want to nominate Eugen Nicolaescu at the helm of the Health Ministry. On the other hand, PNL could give up the Labour Ministry currently led by Liberal Mariana Campeanu. Current Defence Minister Corneliu Dobritoiu, backed by PNL President Crin Antonescu, and former Defence Minister Gabriel Oprea, backed by Victor Ponta, are currently vying over the Defence Ministry’s portfolio in the future government.

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