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Teritorial reform draft targets four important domains



Reorganizations in the transportation, agriculture, culture, tourism, secondary education, labor, environment, fisheries, health and sports domains are forecast in the draft of the decentralization project discussed by Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea with the parliamentary parties, Mediafax informs. According to the aforementioned source, the proposed legislative modifications seek to decentralize prerogatives from central to local level, by setting up structures subordinated to County Councils (CJs) and local councils and by reorganizing some of the decentralized public services of ministries and of other special bodies of the central public administration.
Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea stated on Monday evening that there is a discussion concerning the government’s asking a confidence vote for the adoption of three laws in the regionalization case, namely “three assumptions of responsibility,” or on a single draft law. “We are discussing what the best mechanisms, parliamentary procedures, are in order to respect all procedures through which this law would have the chance to be adopted in a reasonable timeframe,” Dragnea stated. Asked whether Premier Victor Ponta would agree to assume responsibility for the adoption of a package of three laws, the Deputy Prime Minister answered: “But he didn’t oppose, were you in any meeting in which I asked for something and the Premier opposed it?” Prior to those statements, sources that took part in the government meeting last week stated that Premier Ponta opposed the idea of assuming responsibility simultaneously on a package of three laws, arguing that it would represent a practice of the Boc Government and that he wants to avoid any comparisons with the former government.
On the other hand, the Democrat-Liberals announced at the end of their talks with Deputy Prime Minister Dragnea on Monday evening, talks that centered on the decentralization project that PDL will not support the initiative in any way, pointing out that this is “creating barons” and is a “PSD-PNL political barter.”

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